Dog Park Educational Tips and Information

Park Etiquette Tips

It is important to remember that dog owners share responsibility in assuring that the experience will be enjoyable for everyone.
  • First, evaluate your dog to determine whether they are a good dog-park candidate. Consider their age, personality and experience and if they interact well with others.
  • Know the rules, guidelines and expectations of the dog park. Be respectful, courteous and abide by the rules
  • Throwing balls or other toys may lead to possession or aggression. Dogs do not understand that it is not theirs to play with. Treats and toys are not permitted
  • Treats and toys are not permitted
  • Make sure your dog is healthy. It is possible for your dog to pass along an infection or parasite to other dogs.
  • A dog park is not the setting to work on behavioral problems or to groom your dog.
  • Small children, especially running children, may be regarded as prey by strange dogs. Dogs may also feel the urge to protect children they know. This could potentially cause aggressive behavior.
  • Never scold or try to control another parties dog, instead gain owners attention in a respectful way.
  • Watch for and understand cues that your dog may be scared or unhappy at the dog park. If they are not comfortable try another time.