Dog Care: Good Manners at the Park

Dog Care
Dog Care

Dog Park Excellent exercise and reinforcing excellent socialization skills.

Dog Care: Good Manners at the Park.

Dog Care: Dog parks are not the ideal place with the intention of seeking time out for all types of dog owners, as such will not be expected to satisfy every dog owners needs for quality time and enjoyable leisure pursuits, so generally the majority of dog owners not influenced by annoying, untethered and uncontrolled dogs is likely to experience social interaction and quality time with their socialized and controlled dog, and this can be said to be true certainly for the vast majority of dog owners with their dog the me and my clients come in contact with. Personally I am a dog owner who have and continue to have quality time with my family and dog at the large extensive park close to where I live, and the dog parks popularity is confirmed to me by the large quantity of dog park visitors walking and arriving daily at the dog park parking lot transporting their dogs in their vehicles continuously throughout the morning, daytime and evening, so I am a dog park person and many of my dog owning clients enjoy taking their dogs to the dog park for quality interaction with other dog owners their dogs. Unfortunately, visiting dog parks can and do have their advantages and disadvantages.

Dog Care: Dogs are inherently pack animals and accordingly any dog allowed to run within the dog park without adult control or supervision, then the unleashed dog can be the source of irritation, downright annoyance and in some instances unsupervised dogs can become a danger especially when the dog is undisciplined and potentially aggressive towards either human or canine visitors. All said it must be accepted that all dogs really enjoy quality time by being allowed to freely run and play with other dogs. If they are available in your area, dog parks are a great place where your dog can run off the dog leash and socialize with other dogs. Not only do they please your furry companion, but you can feel like a good dog owner in knowing that your dog is getting their quality time and social needs met. As an example, Nashville, Tennessee, has several fenced in dog parks where your dog can be let loose to run and play.

Dog Care: Although dogs in most dog parks are allowed or considered acceptable to be unsupervised and off the dog leash, they must still, obviously, be supervised if only by verbal control by their owners. The dog park environment seems relaxed and every effort by dog owners need to ensure it remains that way and still remain to have the dog’s interest of quality time in the dog’s favor, although you still have the potential to maintain teaching your dog to be obedient even though your dog is off the dog leash. Many dog park guests simply sit on the bench and become oblivious to the dog’s activities and the concerns or stress that their uncontrolled and unsupervised dog is inflicting on other people trying to have their quality time, and all they are concerned with is waiting for their dog to wear themselves out so they can leave. Doing this is neglecting your responsibility to your position as your dog’s master and teacher and in flagrant denial of your dog’s social responsibilities.

Dog Care: In such an atmosphere, there is the potential for your dog to cause problems that you might not notice if you allow yourself to disconnect from your animal while they are at play. To prevent such skirmishes and to remind your dog that they are still to obey you even when not tethered on the dog leash or dog harness, take the time to reinforce in your dog the following dog training techniques the next time you are out with your dog at the dog park. Insisting that your dog is still listening for your commands and if necessary call him to you to offer well-earned reward for good behavior and obedience, even though he will be excited and eager to continue playing, these simple dog training techniques will ensure your dog’s continued safety, the safety of other users’ of the dog park and and with effective dog care guarantee all who use the dog park will enjoy their quality time while on their visit to the dog park.

  1. Practice periodically leashing your dog and removing him from the fenced area of the dog park – similar to and replicating and reinforcing the dog training sessions in a real life social gathering. Go over a few basic dog training commands he is familiar with, such as sit or stay, and reward him before returning him to playing – you must be consistent with the rewarding technique, and you only reward for good behavior and not as a bribe for turning bad behavior into good. This technique reminds your dog that obeying you is still of the upmost importance, even when he is having lots of quality time or is being distracted.
  2. When dogs are loose and at play, dominance aggression can have a major part of the interaction between dog’s in a dynamic group setting and is sometimes an inevitable occurrence and can lead to injury especially if your dog is in an uncontrolled state. Social canine aggression can lead to dangerous interactions in which your dog, or someone else’s dog, could get injured or even suffer serious injuries, this dog owner needs to take effective and appropriate dog care initiatives to avoid any possible threat of injury to all dog park visitors, even potential threats could be foreseen with an effective risk assessment conducted prior to any visits to the dog park. It is possible to minimize the potential for aggression rearing its ugly head by reminding your dog and nearby dominant dogs that you are in control of him. Do this by calling to your dog by name while they are at play, having him come to you and petting and if necessary rewarding him before allowing him to return to the other dogs.
  3. Ensure you keep a close watch on your dog and to dissolve or remove him from bad situations with positive action on your part. Red flags include tense or aggressive body language, mounting, intense staring, snarling or nipping. While in a pack, as is the case in dog parks, dominant dogs have a tendency to single out submissive ones. If your dog lies on their back, tucks in their tail or begins to urinate, make sure to remove him immediately, as this is a sign of being overwhelmed by stress and fear.

Dog Care: Good trips to the dog park when experiencing quality time through excellent interaction and only positive outcomes can be a great experience for both you and your dog. Remember a tired dog is a contented and above all a happy dog and playing at the dog park being consistent with your obedience and rewards technique can give your dog the much needed exercise and reinforcing excellent socialization skills he needs to be a well-integrated and socially accepted family dog and on your part you should feel proud that you are providing excellent and high quality dog care when necessary.

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