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Dog-Park-Etiquette-For-People

Once you and your dog get to the dog park, it’s tempting to just stand back and watch all the activity. But everybody will have a much more rewarding time if you observe some basic rules. Dog parks aren’t a right, they’re a privilege. - please don’t let bad behavior ruin things for everyone else.

  • Never leave your dog unattended.
  • Always clean up after your dog. Most parks have poopbags or scoopers, so use them. This is a primary reason that dog parks get complaints, so pay attention and pick up the poop.
  • Make sure your dog is current on her shots and has a valid license.
  • Don’t bring dogs younger than 4 months to a dog park. They won’t have had all the necessary inoculations that allow them to play safely with other animals.
  • Spayed/neutered animals ONLY.
  • Don’t bring more than three dogs. It subjects parks to overuse, and if they’re not your dogs, you may not have full control over them.
  • Keep your dog on-leash until you get to the off-leash area. This is not just respectful to other park users, it’s much safer for your dog.
  • If your dog becomes unruly or plays rough, leash him and leave immediately.
  • No children under the age of 11 are permitted, 11 to 15 years of age are required to be accompanied by an adult. Children have a tendency to scream and run when excited, which can trigger a dog’s prey drive or natural instinct to chase. For this reason and for the safety of your children, we do not recommend bringing small children and infants into the dog park.
  • Don’t smoke or eat while at the dog park. Cigarette butts and food wrappers are tempting treats to dogs, but bad for them.

Always observe all of the rules posted at your local dog park. Each town has its own set of regulations: please follow them.

 

 


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