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Your First Visit To A Dog Park
arrive at a time when there are not many
dogs in attendance. Walk your dog around
the park on the outside of the fence. Let
the dogs that are inside come over to the
back and appears friendly, it may be ready
to join in the activities inside. If your dog
barks and lunges violently at those inside
the fence, he is not ready to enter the park.
the leash. The other dogs who are already
inside the park will come running to see
who is arriving. This is the Greeting Committee.
Your dog may be eager to enter
or hesitant to get into a pack of unknown
It takes about ten minutes for a new dog
to become accustomed to the dog park.
Initially, your dog may have his tail held in
a defensive posture, curved down between
his hind legs. He may lie down or try to get
into a corner as the dogs hover around
comforting words. Your dog may run away
from and be followed or playfully chased by
the Greeting Committee. Stay close by in
case your dog wants to come over to you
for protection. Once your dog realizes that
there are no threats inside the park, you
should see your dog’s tail rise to the “I am
having a good time” position.
Be sure to introduce yourself to the other
humans in the park. Ask for any helpful
hints. Keep an eye on your dog so you
can adhere to the number one rule of the
Dog Park: Scoop Your Poop!
Just as with any park, there are rules.
Most dog parks are not supervised; and
dog park attendees should not hesitate to
use their cell phones to call the authorities
if they feel their or their dog’s safety or
health are in danger. Each person is responsible
for the actions of his or her dog.
only thirty minutes. Leave on a positive
note. Leave at a time when your dog is
having fun, is not too tired, and really
doesn’t want to go.
Taken from the Boone County Dog Park
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