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Tips for Successful Dog Park Visits

Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Amira offers fabulous amenities all residents can enjoy — including Fido! Derby Dog Park was created just for our canine companions. Dog “maws and paws” love taking their fur babies out to meet other dogs and unleash some energy. If you have never taken your dog to a dog park before, you are both in for a treat. To ensure it’s a successful trip, here are a few tail-wagging tips.

A Trip to the Vet Before a Trip to the Park

Your dog will be around a lot of other dogs. Before going out to play, your dog should have had rabies, Bordetella, canine flu and leptospirosis shots at the very least. Ask your vet if any other vaccines are warranted. Be sure your dog is regularly on a regular preventative for fleas, ticks and heartworms. You don’t want to bring hitchhikers home with you.

When in Heat, Stay Home

If your dog is not spayed, skip the dog park when she is in heat. Male dogs can become aggressive around females in heat. Male dogs that have not been neutered can be aggressive even without an in-heat female nearby. You know your dog best. Avoid the dog park if your dog is not fully socialized.

Visit the Park Without Your Pet

Not all dog parks are as “paw-some” as Derby Dog. Before you take Fido out to play, visit the park alone to ensure your pup will be safe and happy. A dog park should have a well-maintained fence that goes to the ground and extends high enough that dogs can’t jump over it. Double-gated dog parks are great. When one door is open the other is closed which keeps dogs from going on the run. Large dog and small dog areas are a good sign. Your pup will be happier and safer playing with dogs their own size. Walk the park to see if pet owners are picking up after their dogs.

Treats Before and After

As tempting as it may be to give your dog treats at the park, don’t. You don’t want to start a tussle. Other dogs might try to steal or bully your dog to get to any food you might bring. You can give a treat before going into the park. After you are done playing, give your dog a treat in the car to thank him for being a good boy.

Don’t Bring Their Favorite Things

When packing your doggy bag, leave out your dog’s favorite toys. Instead, bring a couple of balls and some sticks. That way you can share the fun with other dogs without your dog becoming upset.

Stay Alert

As your dog will be playing off-leash, always keep an eye on him. Put away your cell phone or tablet and books. You can still talk to other dog owners, just stay alert. If you notice other dogs getting rough, call your dog over to you. If your pup seems timid and doesn’t want to play, it might be time to head out. Always have your dog’s harness and leash available so you can easily catch him and take him home.

Have Fun

Dog parks are fun for you and your pup. It’s a great way for both of you to make friends and future puppy play dates. Just remember that the main reason to go to the park is to give your dog some freedom and spend quality time with him. And if you make the move to Amira, Derby Dog Park is within walking distance of your new home.

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