If you’re like me – then pets happen to be super important in your life. For those that are just tuning in now – I was a major cat-person this is until I got my puppy, Bolt. He might be a terror sometimes, but I can’t live without him now.
One of the important things to do for your dog is to make sure that they get enough exercise – plus it’s a great way to get you out and moving as well. So – win / win?Bringing dogs to the dog park can be stressful. Here are a few items to pack with you. Click To Tweet
Getting exercise is key, but there are a few ways that you can do it for your pups. You could take a nice walk around the community, play catch in an open field, or what I will be talking about today you can take your pup to the dog park.
Keep in mind that pending on the size of your dog will determine what dog park to go to. If you have a small dog finding a park that is for small breeds only is best. Mixing large breeds with small can be hard – some large dogs just don’t like smaller dogs and we don’t want little Fido to get hurt.
Also it’s a good idea to make sure that you’re fairly near your dog at all times while at the dog park. Just because you’ve trained your pouch not to nip doesn’t mean that the next person has. As well as the dogs need to be up to date on all their shots and have a nice personality. You are socializing them – and no one likes a jerk… not even the four legged kind.
What to bring to the dog park
- When we are all hot we need water to help cool us down. Make sure that you have room temperature water (in bottles or a glass jug) to help cool down Lassie.
- Doggy bags. Always important to keep a whole slew of them just in case someone else may need one or if Fido has left a few presents – twice.
- The correct leash or harness for your dog. Trav and I have looked forever trying to find a harness that won’t cause Bolt to pull or choke. He just didn’t seem to get the fact that once the leash stopped so should he. We’ve tried EVERYTHING and found that a simple collar and a retractable leash was the best fit for him. That way he can go off and explore when needed, but once he reached the end he stopped and came back (partly).
- Depending on if it’s been rainy the day before and the land is still wet it might be a good idea to have an old blanket in the back of the car just in case Pooch gets messy.
- Dog treats. After a long day at the park it’s nice to have a little reward waiting in the car – plus it’s an excellent incentive to get them to go back home.
- Extra shoes and a change of clothes for you. Seriously – you never know what is going to happen at the dog park. You could trip and fall down into the lake for all we know. (I’ve done it.) So nothing is out of reach.
- Dog collars and ID tags clear and presented at all times. You want nothing to happen to little fur baby, but just in case something does – like a loud noise spooks him and he goes running off… you want to be sure that EVERYONE who could find him knows his name and who to contact to get him back.
- Balls or other toys. The whole point to get them to the dog park is to have them run around. What better way to do this than to bring a ball (or two) to the dog park.
I know it might seem a lot – but you want to take care of your pup and give them all the love and care that they deserve. Good luck and have a wonderful time at the dog park. Be sure to send me some pictures of you and your pet enjoying life at your own dog park.