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Leash Dog Parks

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Before You GoChoosing a Park

There are all kinds of dog parks. Some are situated in open areas, some include walking trails through the woods, and some are located at beaches or near lakes. Some are enclosed by fences and others aren’t. Some parks are formal recognized by a city or county, with rules created and enforced by a board or committee. Others are just areas where people gather informally to let their dogs play.

Ideal Dog Park Features

Though they vary in design and terrain, the best dog parks should have a few ideal features:

Enough space for normal interaction The area should be big enough for dogs to run around and space themselves out. If there’s not enough square footage available,
cards against humanity cards, a park can easily get crowded. Before you let your dog run free at a dog park, make sure that fencing is sturdy and free of holes.

Note the park features. Are you comfortable with them? Do they meet your needs? Also read any posted rules and make sure you agree with them. Can you bring treats and toys with you? Does your dog need a special license? Do you need to pay a fee to use the dog park?Go to the park at different times, on different days. Note the best days and times of day to visit. Find some comfortable clothes and shoes to wear. One essential skill is a reliable recall. Please see our article,
carda against humanity, Teaching Your Dog to Come When Called. Sit, down, stay, drop it, leave it and settle are also very useful. For general information about dog training, please see Training Your Dog. Don’t hesitate to contact a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) for group or private classes in dog training. Learning about canine body language and communication will help you interpret what’s going on during play and prevent conflict before it escalates to a fight.