Chicago Dog Park Safety Tips
1. Stop, look, and listen Before you and your pup enter the dog park, take a moment to observe the behavior of the dogs inside. If they’re particularly aggressive in their play or are intimidating other dogs, plan to come back another time. 2. Supervise your dog Inattentive dog owners are one of the top complaints at the dog park. Feel free to socialize with other humans and dogs, but please keep an eye on your pup and evaluate how she’s interacting with her new friends. 3. Sharing is caring Most dog parks allow owners to bring toys inside. However, if you know that your dog isn’t keen on sharing her favorite ball with other canines, it’s probably best to leave it at home to avoid tension or even a fight. 4. Prevent escapees at the gate If there are dogs inside the park when you arrive, they’ll probably get excited to welcome the new guy. Take special care not to let anyone else’s dog out as you go inside. If necessary, wait until the other dog owners have secured their pups before making your entrance. 5. Know when to call it quits If at any point it doesn’t look like your dog is having fun anymore or if she looks tired, it’s time to go home. End on a positive note to ensure your dog has a positive experience so that she wants to come back. 6. Keep your dog hydrated Making sure your dog has enough water when she’s really active is always important. Especially during the hottest months of the year! Many dog parks have splash pools and water buckets, but the water may not be safe for drinking. Stay on the safe side and bring your own water bottle to offer your dog when she looks thirsty.
A trip to the dog park is a great opportunity to bond with your four-legged friend. Plus, just like at dog daycare, your pup will benefit from socializing with other canines in a controlled environment. We hope these dog park safety tips come in handy as your explore Chicago’s beautiful dog-friendly areas this summer! Do you have a favorite Chicago dog park? Feel free to share with us on The Doggy Dojo Facebook page.