Does your dog get super excited when he hears the word ‘park?’ The dog park may very well be one of Fido’s favorite spots! Your canine pal will both enjoy and benefit from being able to interact and play with other pups. October is perfect dog park weather! However, you will need to take some precautions to keep your furry friend safe while he’s with his buddies. A local vet offers some tips on this below.
First things first! Before bringing your pup to the park, make sure he obeys simple commands, like Sit, Stay, Come, and Heel. Fido should also be microchipped and wearing proper ID tags.
Keep up with your canine buddy’s parasite control and vaccinations. We can’t overstate how important this is! Dog parks can be hot spots for fleas, ticks, and other parasites. Heartworms are a particular danger, as they are carried from dog to dog via mosquitos. Ask your vet for more information.
Many dog parks have faucets or spigots. Some of them even have fountains for their furry guests to play in. However, you should always bring water with you. Get into the habit of keeping a gallon or two in your car. That way, if there is no water available, Fido will still get the hydration he needs.
Our canine companions can get quite jealous and competitive with each other. You may want to try working on Fido’s training at the park. Just be careful. If your canine friend’s buddies notice those dog biscuits you brought, you may find yourself at the center of a ruckus!
Socializing is very important for dogs, both mentally and physically. Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that every pup at the park will be gentle and well-behaved. Keep an eye out for aggressive pooches, and/or female dogs in heat. That situation can create a lot of tension and bickering, especially among dogs that haven’t been fixed.
When it’s hot out, don’t bring Fido to the park in the middle of the day. Go in the mornings or evenings, when it’s cooler.
Last but not least, don’t think of going to the park as a chore. It’s a great chance to hang out with your canine buddy!
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