Dog parks can be a lot of fun for our canine companions. Fido gets to run around and play with his buddies, while enjoying some fresh air and sunshine and sniffing new grass. There are a few things to keep in mind when taking your pooch to the park, however. Below, a Pasadena, MD vet offers some helpful tips on taking your dog to the park.
Make sure your canine pal is microchipped, wearing ID tags, and up to date on his parasite control. Heartworm prevention is a must. Heartworms are spread from dog to dog via mosquitoes, so dog parks can be a hotspot for infections. If Fido hasn’t been fixed yet, we strongly recommend doing that as well.
Dogs can get hot and tired after running and playing for just a few minutes. Always bring water for Fido. Consider getting collapsible plastic dishes or a doggy water bottle with an attached dispenser.
It can be useful to work with your pet on his doggy obedience at a park, and make sure he will obey you even when surrounded by distractions. However, don’t do all of your dog’s training at the park. Make sure Fido knows simple commands, like Sit, Stay, and Come, before taking him on a playdate.
One reason parks are so fun for dogs is that they give our canine friends the chance to socialize with other pooches. However, some dogs are friendlier—and better behaved—than others are. Before letting Fido play, look around, and make sure there aren’t any aggressive pups. If you see any bullying or roughhousing, take your furry friend for a walk, and come back later.
Always pick up after your pup! Many dog parks offer free waste baggies, but you may want to keep some stashed in your car, just in case.
Be discreet when offering Fido treats at the park. It probably won’t take long for your pet’s furry buddies to notice that there are goodies around! You may find yourself surrounded, and at the center of a bit of a commotion.
Keep copies of Fido’s registration and vaccination records with you. You can keep some in your glove box, or take pictures of them with your phone.
Is your dog due for an exam, vaccinations, or parasite control? Contact us, your Pasadena, MD vet clinic!