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Guest Post: Are Dog Parks Dangerous?

Monday, August 22, 2011

Dog parks have quickly gained popularity over the past few years. In the beginning, the standard dog park might have consisted of an open field, some sort of path, and a puddle known as the puppy pool. Oh, how things have changed. Don't be surprised to see a full blown swimming pond, jungle gyms, and even doggy showers.

Dog parks should be places where dogs can run wild, get dirty, and make new friends. However, you might find some cause for concern—not with the elaborate play structures, but with the dogs themselves. Bad things can happen in parks crowded with potentially dangerous dogs. That being said, when you take the appropriate safety measures, there shouldn't be anything to worry about. Take note of the following tips:

Supervise Their Playtime 

Watch your dog closely when they're at play. You should always be able to spot your dog. Accidents often happen with your back turned. Feel free to socialize with other dog owners—just be mindful of your dog's location in the park.

Interact With Your Dog

Play tends to be the best form of bonding time, so be part of the action. When you're an active part of your dog's life, both of you will benefit.

Stick to Weight Classes

Put simply, Great Danes shouldn't play with Chihuahuas unless they have the same owner. Many dog parks have designated areas for different sized dogs. Use your best judgment if your dog could be in danger.

Photo Credit: AnimalAidClinicSouth
Leave Your Puppy at Home

Puppies often have a difficult time acclimating to new situations. They're also vulnerable to attack and to disease. Play it safe and let them socialize in more controlled settings until they reach six months of age.

Watch for Signs of Stress

If your dog appears stressed, you may want to throw a leash on them and call it a day. Excessive panting, barking, and shaking are all sure signs of stress.

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