Tips for safe dog parks in the real world

August 23, 2016 at 11:58 am
  1. Walk with your dog off-lead in a dog park daily. Don’t just stand still or play fetch for long periods. You are the dog’s alpha and this is about bonding. Walking with purpose provides strong physical and mental energy burning and a very happy dog.
  2. Learn to read dog behaviour and potential issues. If a dog is on-lead it might be because of poor recall, aggression or being timid (not socialised). Aggressive dogs should always be muzzled. Ask if it’s OK for you and your dog to say hello, but parks should be about the dogs running free and not being scared of dogs on-lead. The social dog off-lead should be in the right.
  3. Let your dog play with all breeds, all sizes and all ages. A social dog will do this automatically and avoid dogs that don’t want to be contacted. Trust your dog’s instincts.
    You will see in my daily Facebook posts that we mix with all types of dogs on purpose. It’s the only way for a dog to become truly confident and social and happy.
  4. We need more dog parks with less restrictions
    Its great having 100% trained dogs, but training has nothing to do with a dog being social or happy. A social dog will not knowingly cause fights. It can be dominant or submissive but that is part of dog culture, not an issue to be solved.
    If there were more good dog parks, more dogs would be walked. Those dogs walked would become more social and the world would be a better place for it.

BIO:  Bruce Dwyer is a professional dog walker based in inner west of Melbourne Australia. From an original career in Electronic Engineering and Corporate Marketing he chose to concentrate on the dog service industry. His company ‘Dog Walkers Melbourne’ has been in business since 2010 and is based on providing the best dog walking and pet sitting solutions for people in Melbourne. The only two times that he has been away from his own dog, he has used his own company’s 24 hour pet sitters.  His own dog Archie (an 8 year old spoodle), enjoys TWO dog walks per day with many of the images and videos from his daily off lead dog pack walks featured on the following sites:

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