Bringing your new puppies to the dog park is a great way for them to meet other canine friends. Learning how to control backpack dynamics is an essential part of a dog’s daily life. Even if you have another dog at home, introducing your young (or new) dog to your new playmate is beneficial to their overall health and well-being. Read on to learn more about how to safely bring your dog to the dog park for the first time.
Wait for your dog to be fully vaccinated (if they are puppies, it usually takes about 16 weeks), and then ask the vet if it is safe to interact with other dogs. Although dog farms are as fun as nursery schools, they may be good places for pets to catch infectious diseases if they are not vaccinated. After getting the green light from the veterinarian, the fun begins!
Scout your local dog park. Is there a fence in the park? Does it look clean? What is the peak time? Are there rules? If so, what are they?
After scouting the available dog parking areas and choosing one (or two or three) to meet your and your dog’s needs, start slowly. If possible, please bring the puppies to the park for the first time during off-peak hours/day. Dogs who are at a loss in a crowded dog park can cause anxiety and make feel worried. A slow day will give your puppy time to adjust to the new sights, sounds, and smells and make some new friends at his own pace.
The dog draws clues from the energy of the owner. If you feel nervous or unsure when entering the park gate, do not untie the dog’s leash, but place it on the ground (If you use a retractable belt, don’t try). Putting down the leash allows your dog to get rid of his emotional constraints and remain independent. When pulling the leash, if something goes wrong or your dog has not responded to the recall, you can grab or step on the leash.
Even if your puppies like to play and fetch, please keep toys at home. Avoiding any possessive behaviors and tension with toys is a wise way to keep your temper calm.
Make sure to bring a poop bag after cleaning the dog. If your puppies walk into their own poop and track with them to the car and finally to the house, the poop left in the kennel will respond poorly to you and will quickly become messy.
Bringing your dog to the dog park is a fun way to let the dog consume some energy and make new friends. It pays to spend time waiting for your dog to be vaccinated and looking for a safe and friendly dog park. Positive experiences on the kennel will enhance your dog’s self-confidence and help them better understand backpack dynamics as they grow into their best self.