It’s one of the more enjoyable things to see your puppy running with other dogs, having a wonderful time.
Taking your dog to an off-leash park is a great way for your dog to socialize and get used to playing with other dogs.
You might also meet other dog-minded folk and strike up a friendship.
Over ten years ago I was asked to go on committee to help our local council look at putting dog parks in the area. You can read about that here.
I put together a list of do’s and don’ts which our council still uses to inform dog owners how to use the parks safely and I thought I’d share it with you today.
Do recall your dog – a lot
Make sure you have control over your dog. There is nothing worse than seeing someone yelling out their dog’s name and the dog, deaf as a post, galloping off in the opposite direction.
Not being able to recall your dog is dangerous for you, your dog and maybe another dog if there is a fight.
If you don’t have full control use a clicker, a squeaky toy and take treats. You might also want to keep your dog on a long line and / or only letting it run for short periods at a time.
Call your dog back intermediately and reward it for coming back.
Having the best behaved dog at the doggie park is not down to luck. You are going to have to ensure your dog is on his or her best behaviour.