Many dog owners enjoy taking their pup to a dog park for a good amount of exercise and some doggie social time.
Unfortunately, not all dog parks are safe. It is important to understand all of the serious risks that can affect you and your dog at the dog park.
Here are 10 reasons why you should skip the dog park.
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Are Dog Parks Safe?
Professional dog trainers and behavior specialists caution about the dangers of public dog parks.
Many believe the risks out-way the benefits.
It is important to identify the potential hazards of a dog park before you make the trip. Get the facts, ask other dog parents about their experiences at your local dog park before you show up with your pup.
If you find that dog parks aren’t for you, we have some fun alternatives that can help you and your dog have some healthy outdoor adventures together.
Dog Park Pros and Cons
While some dog parks may have a positive effect on dogs, there are others that pose many risks to both you and your dog.
Providing a fenced-in place to run
Allowing your dog to play off-leash
A way to help your dog release energy
Socializing with other dogs
Dogs can learn unwanted social behavior
Aggressive behavior with other dogs
Injury or Death
Contracting various diseases and parasites
Dog Park Dangers
1. Aggressive Behavior:
Your dog may love to play friendly with other dogs, but there are dog bullies out there too.
If your dog feels overwhelmed or unsafe in a hectic environment, this can negatively affect your bond with your dog and put them in danger.
Different Dog Play Styles:
Various dogs have different play styles that may not be compatible with your dog.
My dog, Eko, enjoys running and rolling around with other small dogs. His play style is very easy-going and gentle.
When he plays with other large dogs, he tends to get scared and defensive when they want to roughhouse. He’s just not into that type of play.
Does your dog like to play with other dogs?
Not all dogs want to be social with other dogs. Some just prefer to hang out with their pack (family or fur-siblings) instead of having playdates with other dogs.
2. Untrained Dogs:
Most dogs coming to the dog park are not trained, which puts your dog at risk.