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Bark in the Park: Chicago White Sox

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If you’re like many Chicagoans, no summer is complete without at least one trip to the ballpark. Whether your loyalties lie with the Cubs or with the White Sox, kicking back with a group of friends, a frosty brew, and a pile of nachos is arguably one of the best ways to take advantage of the warm weather.

As if the experience of going to a Chicago baseball game could get any better, how does throwing your dog into the equation sound? Yes, that’s right. Major League Baseball’s Bark in the Park program is coming to Chicago in just over a month! On September 8, 2014, canines are invited to attend a game at U.S. Cellular Field as the Chicago White Sox take on the Oakland Athletics.

Think cheering on your favorite baseball team with your dog by your side sounds like a blast? You’re not alone. Tickets sell out quickly! But before reserving your seat for the September 8th game, it’s important to ask yourself if your dog is ready to experience the excitement of the ballpark.

  1. Is my dog well socialized? If your pup is a regular at The Doggy Dojo, this answer should be an obvious “yes!” Your dog should be comfortable and friendly around both other dogs and humans.

  2. Is my dog well behaved on a leash? If your dog exhibits any of the unsavory behaviors in our blog post with tips for training the leash reactive dog, you may want to reconsider putting him or her in such a stressful situation.

  3. Is my dog okay with loud noises? Baseball games are typically pretty noisy. Announcers, fireworks, shouting, and even the crack of a bat can frighten sensitive dogs.

If you’re able to answer each of the above questions with a resounding, “yes,” you’re well on your way to enjoying America’s favorite past time with your favorite four-legged friend. When you arrive at the ballpark, be sure to keep the following tips in mind for a fun and safe experience for humans and canines alike:

  1. Keep your dog leashed at all times (no retractable leashes)

  2. Although it’s a night game, make sure your dog stays cool and hydrated

  3. Take potty breaks and dispose of your dog’s waste responsibly

  4. Keep the ground clear of human food and debris that could make your dog sick

  5. Never leave your dog unattended

  6. Reward your pup with plenty of treats for good behavior

We hope these tips are helpful as you plan your outing at U.S. Cellular Field next month. If you happen to score some tickets, be sure to share photos of your dog enjoying the game on The Doggy Dojo Facebook page!

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