Dog Park Etiquette – A list to Keep Your Pet Companion Safe at the Dog Park

Remember to be aware of dog park etiquette since your pooch is a social climber in a fashionable society!  Here is a list of Dos and Don’ts obtained from the Association of Pet Dog Trainers


  • consult your veterinarian about your dog’s overall health before going to a dog park
  • make sure your dog is up-to-date on his/her vaccinations
  • observe the dogs in the dog park to see if there are any potential health or behavior problems
  • clean up after your dog, consider using a biodegradable bag
  • supervise dogs when they are playing and interrupt any rough play
  • be willing to leave a dog park if you feel that your dog is either being a bully, the play is getting too rough or your dog is just not having fun
  • check to be sure there aren’t a large number of intact males at the park
  • make sure your young dog is not being bullied or learning bad manners from the other dogs
  • be cautious about taking advice from other park patrons who are not dog professionals
  • check to see if there is a knowledgeable human on staff to supervise the park – most parks will not have this, but if there is someone, it is a bonus


  • ever bring a dog that is under 4 months of age
  • take sensitive dogs to an enclosed dog park where there are more than 2 dogs per every 20 square yards of space
  • take your dog to a dog park if s/he is uncomfortable —  take your dog to a place that s/he enjoys
  • bring or use treats and toys when other dogs are nearby, many dogs are possessive/aggressive with their treats and toys
  • allow dogs to form loose packs
  • allow a dog to bully another
  • ever let your dog off-leash in an un-fenced dog park if he/she is not responsive to your verbal commands
  • worry if some dogs don’t play with other dogs in a dog park
  • bring intact males or females in estrus to a dog park
  • spend your time talking on a cell phone – you must supervise your dog at all times and be able to give your dog your full attention

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Susanne Savvy

lifetime lover of all creatures with paws

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