How to make sure your dog's dog park experience is a positive one
==== ====For Parking Dogs Tips &Puppy Training Teach Your Puppy Special Secrets &Tricks ! The MoreYou Teach Your Puppy The Happier And Beter Behaved Your dog will be all the Time .CheckThis Outhttp://tinyurl.com/Specialtricks==== ====You have a month, before you should bring your puppy to the dog park. Most puppies are not fullyimmunized until they are 4 months old.Getting a puppy into a positive reinforcement, punishment-free Puppy Kindergarten is aresponsible first step and a wonderful way for a puppy to learn socialization skills. Another way isto make "play-dates" for him or her, with puppies or dogs your puppy makes friends with in theirPuppy Kindergarten class.Play dates can be anywhere as long as the animals are having fun and enjoying each otherscompany. Your dogs backyard, the other dogs backyard, the beach, a hike, swimming, or even alocal doggie park is terrific places for dogs to cut loose and have fun.Most well run, well-maintained dog parks are fantastic places for dogs to meet, burn up excessenergy and make new friends. On the other hand, unfortunately, some dog parks are dangerous,due mostly to irresponsible dog owners. There are a few self-centered individuals, who pridethemselves on their dogs inappropriate behaviors. As a rule, they are the same people who do notclean up after their animals...and find it humorous!Before you decide on which park, public or private you plan to patronize, do your homework. Makesure your dog has all their inoculations, especially rabies, distemper, Bordetella, and CanineInfluenza Vaccine (CIV) for the H3N8 virus. The last two are highly contagious viruses. If youboard your dog in a kennel, take your dog to a doggie day care, or groomer or dog park, makesure they are protected.Visit the different parks. The one nearest you may not be the best one for your or your dog.There are good and bad times to visit most dog parks. The majority of them are busiest during thecooler hours of the day. That means early in the day, and after most people get out of work in theevening.Talk to the dog owners there. Ask why they have chosen that particular park. Watch how theirdogs interact.What you should look for in a dog park are:First and foremost, do responsible dog owners patronize that particular park?Do patrons follow dog park etiquette?
Is there owner supervision? Watch for inappropriate behavior... canine and human.What is the dog-human ratio? One person for every 2-3 dogs is a workable ratio.Is the park clean?Is food being brought into the park? That could lead to trouble!Are owners cleaning up after their dogs?Is there water?How are the dogs interacting? Dont fret if you see a dog or two off by themselves. Some dogsbenefit physically and emotionally from going to the park; but dont necessarily like to mingle withthe "pack."If there are dog confrontations are the owners acting responsibly?Are gates and fences well maintained?Is there a double gate entrance; so the dogs cannot "escape?"Are poop bags provided...and used?Are there trash barrels? Are they overflowing?Are shady areas provided for the dogs and owners?Is there water?Before actually taking your puppy or dog into a "new" park, walk the parameter. Let them sniff theother dogs through the fence. Watch how your dog and the other dogs react.When you go into the park, immediately remove your dogs leash. Dogs have two primal survivalinstincts...fight or flight. If they cannot flee, several will fight! It is amazing! There are dogs that areuncontrollably leash aggressive; yet, when off their leash, they are the sweethearts of the park!Follow the park rules...if they say "NO CHILDREN!" keep your kids out! Dog parks are notplaygrounds! There are very good reasons for that rule. Dogs are predators...to some, especiallythose with high prey drive; running children are nothing more than prey!If your dog is not neutered or spayed, do it! Or be extra vigilant! There are too many irresponsibledog owners, who bring their intact pets to the park! Watching a pair before or in the middle of theirheat of passion urge to pass on those genes can be unnerving for some!If you are uncomfortable, leave! Follow your protective instincts.Once you get the hang of dog park life, you and your dog will become addicted! You will meetother interesting dog owners, your dog will make lots of new friends, they will burn off mind-boggling amounts energy and the best part is; they will go home happy and tired!Bottom line: A tired dog is a GOOD DOG!Karen A. Soukiasian, GOOD DOG! - DOG TRAINING - Owner/Trainer, St. Augustine, Florida -AKC CANINE GOOD CITIZEN & S.T.A.R PUPPY Evaluatorhttp://www.freewebs.com/gooddogsite
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