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If you are like me and new to this whole “having a dog thing” then you know there is a lot to it and I am happy to share what I have learned so far!! Having kids I have seen dog parks before when we have gone to the kids parks, but I had never had a reason to entered one until recently. I know, you are shocked but when the kids were younger the last thing I wanted was another responsibility. Now that they are older it is fun to see them learn and grow, with Bentley. I am glad I asked a friend before my first venture to the dog park, I never knew there was so much to it.
Every Park Has Different Rules– Just like most other parks you can typically find the rules posted. Even if you have been to a dog park before, each park may have different guidelines, so be sure to look for them.
Know Your Dog– Be sure to watch your dog, how is he responding to the other dogs? The people? Try keeping your dog on a leash for the first little bit and see how he is doing. He may be excited to run off and play or be apprehensive of the new environment, you know your dog best.
For The Kids– If you take your kids with you, be sure to talk to them about paying attention to dogs around them . Your dog may see your kids playing with other dogs as a threat so be sure to keep an eye on how things are going.
Carry Plastic Baggies– Even though our parks usually have bags, I always keep extra bags with us, because the one time I forget them the park will be out. Plus you be able to help out another pet owner if they are in that predicament as well. I know I don’t want other dogs waste getting tracked back with us, so being respectful of the park is crucial.
Pay Attention To The Park Boundaries– Be sure to check out the fence upon arrival, especially if your dog can be an escape artist. You may end up saving yourself a lot of chasing if you double check the fence first.
When we go to the dog park, Bentley ends up being a dog and people watcher. He would rather lay around watch the other dogs. I know the interaction is still good for him but it’s kind of funny at the same time. The kids love heading to the dog park and walking him, I think they keep hoping he will make a friend while we are there. Dogs are just like us, it is important they get exercise and interaction, too!!
I love that companies, like Beneful, are helping to build more dog parks! Beneful is Bentley’s dog food of choice, I think only my kids are pickier than him, I swear!
Do you take your dog to the dog park?? How many dog parks are in your area?