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5 Tips for Visiting a Dog Park for the First Time

Taking your dog to a dog park for the first time can be an exciting experience. It can also be a scary experience if you and your dog have not prepared properly. Here are some tips and things you and your pet need to know to have the very best experience possible at a dog park.

Teach Your Dog ComeTeach Your Dog Come

Your dog needs to know the command “come” and willingly follow it before heading to the park. You should always make a positive connection between the word come and the action you expect the dog to perform. If you have told your dog to come and immediately put him in a cage, taken something away from him or done some other action that your dog may see as negative, then choose a different word. Use lots of high-value treats to show that coming to you is rewarding. Remember that you cannot control another dog’s behavior at the park, but you need to be able to control your dog. Teaching them to come to you allows you to get them out of a dangerous situation if necessary.

Visit the Dog Park Without Your DogVisit the Dog Park Without Your Dog

You should not take your dog with you the first time that you visit a dog park. This gives you a chance to check it out and make sure that it is well maintained before bringing your four-legged friend to play. If the area is not maintained with tall weeds and mud piles everywhere, choose an alternative park or activity. When you choose to take your dog for the first time, then choose a time when the park should not be crowded. This allows you and your dog to get used to the area without a lot of stress and commotion.

Take the Dog Off the LeashTake the Dog Off the Leash

While it may seem silly, some dog owners are hesitant about taking their dog off their leash. Leaving your dog on his leash can lead to more problems if he or another dog gets tangled up in it. This is another reason that it is vital to teach your dog to come so that you remain in control if something should happen and can quickly reattach its leash.

Have FunHave Fun

Your main job at the dog park is to have fun. Stand back and watch your dog playing with the other dogs. You may want to visit with the other dog owners as it can be a great way to meet new people. Additionally, you may want to call your dog occasionally, just to remind them that you are there.

Pet owners who are looking for apartments for rent in Huntsville, AL. will want to consider The Moderne at Providence apartments as they have their own well-maintained dog park. Choose these apartments for rent in Huntsville, AL. also gives you easy access to beautiful walking trails to explore with your dog.

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