It’s a beautiful Sunday afternoon, the sun is shining, you’re feeling a great post-mimosa brunch buzz and you’re walking to the dog park with your best friend, your pup. After the long awaited walk, you finally arrive to your dog’s favorite spot, the dog park. What do you do? Where do you go? What do you say? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered boo! Here’s what to do and not to do at the dog park:
- Don’t be socially awkward
Put your phone down, stand up and socialize. It’s not just a social thing for your dog; it’s for you too!
- Keep an eye on your dog at all times
You never know what will happen in the park. A dog could bite, lick, hump, scratch, growl at your dog. You’ll want to see it all. If there happens to be a dogfight, you’ll be happy knowing you were watching the minute it started.
- Bring your poop bags
You don’t want to be that person that stands there awkwardly pretending they didn’t see their dog poop. Not to mention, everyone will see it. It’s a dog park, people are aware of doggy behavior.
- Don’t criticize anyone else’s dog
Even if their dog is aggressive, dumb, obnoxious, sheds a sh*t load or barks too often, keep it to yourself. Everyone thinks their dog is perfect; don’t try to convince people otherwise. You won’t get anywhere.
- Know when to step in
If your dog is being aggressive and dominant over a smaller dog, don’t just stand there; step in. Although your dog is surrounded by other dogs, you are the pack leader. Don’t let them forget it.
- Bring toys for your pooch
It’s a fun way to keep the dogs entertained. Bring a ball, a toy or a Frisbee and have fun! Soon enough all the dogs in the park will be playing with you!
- Know when to leave
Your dog has started fights, caused chaos, angered dog owners and pooped all over the place. It’s time for you and your dog to leave. Apologize swiftly and take off. Maybe next time avoid the dog park.
- Bring water
Pack a portable bowl and some water for your pooped pooch. Better to be safe than thirsty.
- If your dog is barking a lot, tell him or her to shut up!
Don’t force other dog owners to yell at your dog. That’s awkward for everyone.
- Get to know other dogs and their owners
You never know whom you’ll meet at the dog park. You could meet a life long friend and a puppy pal! Be open to meeting new people and have fun!