We know that taking your dog out regularly is beneficial. But why are dog parks good for dogs? Are they even better than regular parks? In this article, we hope to provide you with the needed answers.
Advantages of dog parks
If you take your dog out in regular parks it’s generally a good thing. However, how much does your dog interact with other dogs? You may from time to time meet other owners with other dogs, but the socialization is minimal.
Your dog doesn’t have enough time to socialize, and perhaps no time at all to play with their new friend. Dogs need to socialize and befriend other dogs maybe just as much as we humans need to know and bond with other people (1).
Why are dog parks good for dogs?
Dog parks provide almost, if not everything, a dog would need. Some have specially designed areas where dogs can swim; others have areas where only dogs of different sizes are allowed to go into. They also provide water for the dogs (2).
The best part is they are controlled areas where dogs are usually let without leashes. Regulations of dogs in leashes are stricter each year, and possibly the only places that will be left where dogs may run free without leashes, are the dog parks (3).
In such places, dogs use up their accumulated energy even more so than in other places since they also have “friends” to play with. Exercise is very important for a dog’s health; their vast amounts of energy, if not used well, can end up in tearing your house down or barking continuously (4).
Walking in a regular park with your dog may not be as physically active or interactive as playing in a dog park would be. If your dog doesn’t interact with other dogs, it may cause some serious socialization problems (5).
It’s also beneficial for you
Dog parks are very fun and entertaining but they aren’t just beneficial for your dog, but for you as well (6). Think about this, walking in a regular park may not be so entertaining and thus you wouldn’t stay too much there.
Dog parks, on the other hand, can be very entertaining and thus you spend more time there, more time outside rather than in your home, and thus your physical activity may be more challenging and as such you do yourself a favor (7).
Staying outside more is very good for your health. Another benefit is the socialization factor with the other owners. It’s very easy to socialize with people who have common interests. Chances are very high for you to make new friends and also have a good time there.
We spent too much time indoors, on our phones, computers, and regardless of how much we talk online, it’s not real communication as talking face to face (8).
These bad traits can also reflect poorly on our pets. Now thank God they can’t use the phone or computer because if some of them could, chances are, they’re going to go out more than we do and perhaps then we would realize how much our beloved animals love and need, to go outside and make friends.
Did you know?
– Though dog parks are fun and awesome they aren’t necessarily the safest of places. You have to be very careful while you are there. If your dog is in heat, younger than 4-mounts, very aggressive or shy, you shouldn’t take it there.
– Small dogs are very prone to injury and it is best to take them in the areas where there are dogs of similar size.
– There are currently 774 dog parks in the 100 largest cities in the U.S. The numbers continue to grow, and if this is the case it is very beneficial not just for dogs, but for nature in itself.