It’s a great time of year to head to the park with your dog for a walk. While you should walk your dog all year round, the warming weather makes it more pleasant for everyone. Take advantage of the weather when it’s good, and keep these tips in mind when you head to the park with your dog.
Keep Your Dog on a Leash
It’s important to keep your dog on a leash at all times when out for a walk, especially in public places like parks. Even if it looks like you have the place to yourself, a leash will help keep your dog safe.
You can opt for a harness if your dog pulls hard on a leash. However, if that is the case, you might want to ask your veterinarian for recommendations for dog training classes. Also, avoid retractable leashes, as they can lead to unnecessary problems.
Pick up Your Dog’s Poops
Just as you would like others to clean up after their dogs, please be considerate and clean up after yours. Many parks have poop bag dispensers and garbage cans, though you should always bring along your own bags.
Ask Before Approaching Other Dogs
To avoid conflict between your dog and another, check with the other dog’s owner before you allow your dog to approach. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Bring Plenty of Water for Your Dog
Even on a mild day, your dog can get very thirsty at the park. Make sure you both have plenty of hydration on hand. This is especially the case if you haven’t been to the park in a while and your dog gets excited or nervous.
Reward Good Behavior
A day at the park is a great opportunity to reinforce your dog’s training. Give them love or healthy treats when they do well.
Keep the necessary clothing and accessories on hand. This includes your dog’s collar and identification. Also, the weather can turn on you quickly, so make sure you have rain gear. If you are headed to the park in the evening, you should plan on reflective clothing for yourself and even your dog.
Enjoy your time at the park with your best friend and make the most of it!