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Dog Parks

Dog Parks

Did you know that the world's first dog park opened its gates in 1979 in Berkeley, California? Originally established in response to diminishing public space, urban development, and leash laws, dog parks have proliferated globally, providing a haven for canine companions for over four decades. There are now more than thousands of dog parks throughout the world. Many people love taking their dogs to the dog park so that their furry family members can run and play off-leash. 

While it is true that dogs that are highly socialized and exercised are healthier, happier, and less aggressive in behavior. There are some things you need to know  before you load up the car and head to the dog park. Let's go over some of the advantages and disadvantages. 

Advantages of dog parks include; 

Socialization - It's very important for a dog to have proper socialization. Socializing your dog ensures its ability to react to the world in a healthy way, without fear or aggression

Sense of community- Allows Rex and his parents to build strong bonds within the community.

Energy release- dogs can release all of their pent up energy, this can be considered an advantage as well as an disadvantage. 

Fresh air- There are so many smells, sounds and other stimuli at a dog park.  


All of these advantages are true for both the dog and their human. It's so important for all of us to get out and socialize and breathe in the fresh air. 


On the contrary, some drawbacks of visiting the dog park include;

Unwanted behavior- A lot of dogs that go to the dog park have pent up energy,  this can cause dog fights. Dogs can also pick up bad behaviors, such as aggressiveness and skittishness. 

Health risk- This is a major disadvantage! Diseases, parasites and other health risks can be easily spread throughout a dog park. ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOUR DOG IS UP TO DATE ON THEIR VACCINATIONS. 

Unpredictable- Many dogs can be over dominant, territorial, easily frightened just to name a few. Dogs are very different and all of the different temperaments can lead to a stressful situation.

Lack of owner supervision- Inadequate control over one's dog leads to a dangerous situation. Free range parenting.

Environmental hazards- Most parks are not closely regulated and there can be several dangers lurking at the dog park. Some of these include toxic plants, sharp objects and unsafe terrain. 

While visiting a dog park it is very important that you are a responsible dog owner. Be sure to adhere to practices like cleaning up after your pet, maintaining close supervision, ensuring obedience to commands, following park rules, refraining from bringing food, and leaving human children at home. Many dog parks prohibit children from entering the park. 

It is also recommended that you scout out the park before you enter with your dog. Be on the lookout for anything that could be dangerous to your pup. 

Here are a few tips to make sure you have a fun and a successful trip at the dog park. 

  1. Go to the park when it's less crowded. Try to go early in the morning, late in the evening, or during the day while everyone is at work. The worst time to go is right when people are getting off of work. 
  2. If possible it is  best to park further away and walk your dog prior to entering the park. This way you are able to burn off a little bit of energy and allow your dog to enter feeling calm and at ease. 
  3. Try to go to a dog park that has separate play areas for small and large dogs. A large dog can accidentlly hurt a smaller dog. 
  4. Make sure your dog(s) are up to date with all of their vaccinations. 

     Including DHLPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus), Rabies, Canine Influenza, Bordetella, and flea, tick, and heartworm preventatives.

Some Alternatives to dog parks include enrolling in dog training classes, utilizing doggy daycares, organizing playdates with friends and their dogs, or exploring dog-friendly beaches with precautions.

It's also very important that you know YOUR personality type. A good friend of mine loves the dog park. He would take his dog almost every day. My friend and his dog made lasting friendships because of the dog park.  I, on the other hand, prefer solitude. I enjoy taking my dogs on long walks on dirt roads. Whichever way you prefer is fine, just make sure you are loving your fur babies and that they are getting enough exercise and socialization.