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There simply is no better outlet for your dog’s energy than playing with other dogs. Dog parks are a wonderful resource for getting your dog a sufficient dose of daily exercise.
Before heading out to your local dog park, it’s important to plan ahead and know what to be aware of to ensure your dog is safe, and has a great time.
- Puppies under 16 weeks of age should not attend a general population dog park. Dog/dog socialization is of the utmost importance for puppies but this should always occur in controlled settings where you can protect your puppy from bad experiences that could potentially make your puppy fearful. Local puppy socials and puppy kindergarten type programs should be utilized until your puppy has lots of good experiences with other dogs. Once your puppy has lots of good experiences and are well padded, then you may partake in activities at your local dog park.
- Make sure your dog is fully vaccinated. This is for the safety in health for your dog and all other dogs that enjoy the dog park. Minimum vaccinations suggested are Rabies, Distemper and Bordatella. Also make sure your dog is healthy for every dog park visit. (more…)