Top Safety Tips for Your Dog Park
Whether you’re planning a new dog park or currently have one in your park, it’s important to think about the local regulations and requirements of dog owners. Make sure you have a safety plan in place to reduce the opportunity for incidents while dogs and their families are at play.
- Clearly post the rules for the dog park- Set the expectations for acceptable behavior and activity in your dog park before pets and their owners enter. It may also be helpful to include the local animal control phone number on your signage, so owners know how to handle and report aggressive dogs.
- Require that dogs are current on their vaccines- Prevent the spread of disease by only allowing dogs who are current on their vaccines to enter the dog park.
- Do not allow puppies at the dog park- Dogs should be at least four months before visiting dog parks. Puppies typically complete their vaccinations at or around 16 weeks of age, at which point it is safe for them to play with other dogs without the risk of contracting certain diseases.
- Encourage dog owners to pick up their pet’s feces- Pet waste spreads disease and attracts flies, roaches, and rats to the area. Provide pet waste stations and keep them stocked with bags so owners are more likely to use them consistently.
- Do not allow dogs in heat to enter the dog park- Dogs in heat can cause fights between other dogs at the park. It also creates a stressful environment for male dogs who are intact.