You may have heard of the so-called dog parks. But what are they exactly, and should you take your dog to a dog park? The short answer is yes, and it’s not beneficial just for your pet, but yourself as well (1).
The long answer, well, it all depends on you, read-on and find out what dog parks are all about! You might as well discover something beautiful and worthwhile.
Should you take your dog to a dog park?
Dog parks are specially designed and controlled areas where dogs of all breeds and sizes can exercise and play off-leash with other dogs under the supervision of their owners (2).
They are a great way for your pet to stay healthy, socialize and become well-behaved around other pets and humans. Dogs are very full of energy that must be released.
If they exercise, they won’t exhaust their energy anymore by barking continuously or by eating your shoes and destroying the furniture. It is also beneficial to people.
By going to dog parks you are more physically active while also breathing in a lot of fresh air. Socialization with other owners can lead up to making more friends as well.
You might learn a lot of new things from these people and their pets while your own pet might do so as well. Dog parks contribute a lot to a community because of these traits (3).
These parks are fenced, have double-gate entry and exit points, benches for people, shade, water, and regular maintenance and cleaning of the grounds.
Some dog parks have various different features such as multiple areas for dogs of different sizes, in order to avoid accidents. Others have a sort of swimming area for dogs.
Benefits of Dog Parks
The era in which we live now is more and more antisocial rather than social. People spend most of their time on telephones, indoors, and just don’t go out as often as they should (4).
If they have a pet, they are also negatively influenced by this. By staying indoors and only going out just for a little bit, a dog can become very antisocial.
Along with this, they can become unhealthy and since they have a lot of energy, they use it in doing bad things such as destroying your home objects or continuously barking.
By going to dog parks, it’s not just the pet that socializes; it’s the owner as well. Along with this, we as well as our pets exercise a bit more, and do our health a favor (5).
Exercising combats a lot of negative things and makes us happier and this also applies to dogs. When we go out more, we may become more sociable and this also helps us in the long run (6).
Dog parks are different than regular parks since all the activities which are available there, will entertain both us and our pets and thus it will make us spend more time outdoors.
Things to consider
Now everything may seem fine up to this point, but there are some things you have to consider. There is no such thing as a safe place anywhere in this world.
This, of course, applies to dog parks as well. Before going there you should read all the rulers and abide by them. If you are a responsible person you will do fine.
If you care enough about your dog, you will also do fine. But take this into consideration, not everyone abides by the rules and sometimes dog fights can occur.
In addition to this, some owners may not have their pets vaccinated, or they may have parasites. This can affect your dog badly, but to avoid this, you can do two things.
The first would be to talk to the owner of another dog and try to find out as much as you can about it before letting the dogs play. It is important to understand a bit of dog behavior and asses when something is not right between two or more dogs (7).
Your dog should always have a collar, and you should always have a leash with you just in case. You shouldn’t take a puppy of 4 months old to a dog park, and you shouldn’t take a dog that is in heat there.
The second thing to do in order to avoid problems is to ask around about the dog park, see some reviews, and then decide if it’s good to go. If your dog is aggressive or shy you shouldn’t try to force him there.
If there are areas for dogs of specific sizes, its best to take your dog there. Feeding your dog at the dog park is unadvisable, as well as sharing its toys with other dogs.
In conclusion, dog parks are great but you have to be careful nonetheless. It’s good for both your pet and yourself, and if you feel like it, you should go, it is a beautiful experience.
Did you know?
– Making friends is a difficult thing to do. A great way to do this is by having things in common. If you share a love for animals, and a specific one such as dogs, chances are, you’ll make a lot of friends at the dog park.
– Dogs need friends and to socialize maybe just as much as we do. Dog parks are maybe the greatest way to accomplish this and keep your pet happy and healthy.
– Accidents can happen anywhere, anytime, so it is best to keep an eye on your pet at a dog park and avoid being distracted by the telephone or chatting with your friends.