Menu

Download our Petland App today for information on your local Petland's Available Pets and Pet Supplies. All at the tips of your fingers!

Petland Logo
Enjoy Free Shipping on Coral and Reptile Orders over $100!
Login/Register

Please create a free account below, or login by clicking here.

Zip Code(Required)
Puppy Information and Coupons

Disclaimer

Stay updated with Petland! By checking the above box, you are providing your electronic signature to consent to receive SMS text messages, emails, mailings and other communications from Petland, even if such communications are considered advertisements, and you confirm that you are the subscriber or customary user of any phone number you submit. Text messages may be sent using an automated dialing system. Your consent is not a condition of purchasing any goods or services, and may be revoked at any time by responding STOP to any SMS text messages you receive. Message and data rates may apply. Additionally, you are consenting to location, usage, and information collection.

Taking Your Dog to the Park

May 6, 2021

The park is a great place for your dog to run free amongst other dogs and more importantly, socialize. There’d also be the occasional butt sniffing, but consider the ‘hazards’ that come with the park. While the park sounds just perfect, you’d need to make sure that your dog is ready for the park environment. Not sure what this entails? Then take a look at this checklist: 

  1. Will Your Dog Have Fun?

More than anything, you need to be certain that your pet would have a good time. Not all dogs are big fans of socializing with other dogs, and your pup might get frightened by large, adult dogs. A good way to break them in would be supervised playgroups or play dates, perhaps with friends’ puppies who are in the same age bracket and would interact pleasantly. Also, if your dog displays signs of aggression, even at that young age, you would need to work on curbing that before introducing him to a dog park. 

  1. Are Vaccinations In Order? 

Taking your unvaccinated pup to the park opens them up to transmittable diseases, and puts other dogs at risk. This is why you need to get your pup vaccinated first for all necessary ailments, as well as various parasite preservatives. Furthermore, as a rule of thumb, your pup should only visit the park when they are 17 weeks or older. Keeping your pup’s information updated is also essential in case they get separated from you, so, even when you’re letting them off-leash, the collar and tags should stay on. 

  1. Does Duke Have Basic Training?

The most basic of training: would Duke respond to a “come!” command? If you’re not certain that your dog would respond to your summons, then it isn’t quite dog park time yet. To get Duke used to answering the summons, you can start in the living room with short distances. You can then extend this to further distances such as calling from an entirely different room. For every time he runs to you, make sure you give him a treat; this would help with ingraining this response in his psyche. This particularly comes in handy when it looks like trouble is starting to brew at the park and you need to get your pup out of the mix. 

  1. Are You Conversant With Dog Park Manners?

Knowing dog park manners is important to keep your dog in line. For instance, there’s a thin line between normal play behavior and bullying, and you need to be able to detect when your dog is acting up. This is a two-way street, so it could happen to your pup too and you should be ready to rescue your pet. A dog park is meant for relaxation and socializing, so, if your dog is experiencing stress and anxiety, the purpose is defeated. Similarly, recall that pups would pick up proper mannerism from well-socialized adult dogs, so the occasional growl from one during dog to dog interaction shouldn’t be perceived as a fight, especially when no harm or bullying is evident. 

Related Articles

View All Articles

  • More People Are Switching to The Dog Harness

    More People Are Switching to The Dog Harness

    What Is a Dog Harness? A dog harness is a type of equipment designed to secure and control a dog during walks or other activities. Unlike traditional collars, which put pressure...

    Read This Blog

  • The Remarkable Acoustic Abilities of Dogs

    The Remarkable Acoustic Abilities of Dogs

    Dogs possess an extraordinary sense of hearing, which allows them to detect and interpret sounds far beyond human capabilities. Their acute auditory system is finely tuned to pe...

    Read This Blog

  • What Are Service Dogs?

    What Are Service Dogs?

    Service dogs are well-trained professional dogs that help to those who need them. Each service dog has a specific set of skills that require training and testing to master. Serv...

    Read This Blog

  • First Time Dog Owners Should Consider These Breeds

    First Time Dog Owners Should Consider These Breeds

    Are you considering adding a fur-legged friend to your family? If so, this blog is for you. We have handpicked our Top-5 dog breeds based on their personality, temperament, and ...

    Read This Blog

  • 2024’s Top-25 Coolest Names for Dogs

    2024’s Top-25 Coolest Names for Dogs

    Choosing a name for your new furry friend is an exciting and important decision. It sets the tone for their identity and becomes a part of their everyday life. With so many opti...

    Read This Blog

  • Best Ways to Keep Your Dog Warm in The Winter

    Best Ways to Keep Your Dog Warm in The Winter

    With winter here, it is important to take extra care of our furry friends. Dogs, just like humans, can be susceptible to the cold weather and may require additional measures to ...

    Read This Blog

  • Benefits of Crate Training a Dog

    Benefits of Crate Training a Dog

    Crate training is a popular method used by dog owners to train their furry friends. It involves using a crate or kennel as a safe and comfortable space for the dog to rest, slee...

    Read This Blog

  • How To Treat a Dog’s Bleeding Nail Bed

    How To Treat a Dog’s Bleeding Nail Bed

    Dogs are known for their playful and active nature, which often leads to accidents and injuries. One common injury that dog owners may encounter is a bleeding nail bed. A bleedi...

    Read This Blog

  • The Longest Living Breeds of Dog and Ways to Ensure a Longer Life

    The Longest Living Breeds of Dog and Ways to Ensure a Longer Life

    The average life expectancy of a dog varies based on several things. Keeping a proper diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and routine veterinarian wellness checks are all very i...

    Read This Blog

  • Top Halloween Costumes for Dogs

    Top Halloween Costumes for Dogs

    Halloween is a time of year when people get to dress up in creative and fun costumes, but it’s not just humans who can get in on the fun. Dogs can also join in the Hallowe...

    Read This Blog

  • The BIGGEST Dogs

    The BIGGEST Dogs

    Despite their intimidating appearance, larger dog breeds are generally well-tempered, caring, and friendly animals! Throughout history, many of these dogs have been relied on fo...

    Read This Blog

  • Top Dog Breeds for Older Individuals

    Top Dog Breeds for Older Individuals

    Dogs make great companions and quickly become a part of our family. They offer us years of joy and happiness and provide us with a lot of good. Each breed of dog varies and has ...

    Read This Blog

Help Need Help?