5 Tips For The Dog Park (To Keep Everyone Happy And Safe)

Just A Few Things To Keep In Mind

Written by: Noel Johnson

 1) Pick up after your dog

This seems like an obvious one but every day I’m at the dog park there are “doggy land-mines” strewn about. This is not only bad for your shoes but also for dogs who are “poo eaters”.  If everyone just picked up after their dogs it would be a much cleaner place.  If you are picking up after your own dog and you see some doggy-doo next to it, why not pick it up to! Its not just going to magically disappear on its own.  Even if someone else left there dog mess behind, be the bigger person and pick up whatever you see around you!

2) No small children

If you have your little ones with you and don’t have anyone to take care of them while you take your pooch to the dog park then don’t go to the dog park! There is no way you can trust every strange dog in the dog park with your child especially if they are little and still don’t understand how to be “gentle”. Even if every dog there is fun loving and friendly (which they usually are). More than likely your kid is going to get bowled over while the dogs run around. Dog parks are parks for DOGS not CHILDREN.

3) If you can’t control your dog, keep it on a long leash

Before letting your dog off leash you should always work on their recall thoroughly. Realistically, some dogs are more independent or are just easily distracted which makes recall difficult. If this is the case you can purchase 20-40ft leashes from most pet stores. Use that at the dog park so if Fido is running off with someone elses ball and won’t come back at least you have the leash to grab and reign him in!

4) Don’t bring your dogs “favorite” toy

If you’re bringing your dogs favorite toy to the dog park you’re basically asking him to get into a fight. Even if your dog doesn’t have toy aggression, its just a risk best not to take. If your dog does have toy aggression, put a muzzle on them. Its not cruel its just common sense. In my opinion tennis balls should be the only toys aloud at the dog park. Why? because they’re cheap and usually the park is already full of them so most dogs don’t really care if another dog catches the ball before they do. The only time you should bring your dogs favorite toy is for recall incentive. Otherwise leave that squeaky goose toy at home.

5) Relax

Quite often I see a dog owner “mother henning” their dog. Following it around, yelling at it and freaking out whenever their dog starts to play with another dog because it looks like “fighting”. Take a deep breath and now that dogs can understand each other far better than humans and being anxious at the dog park is only going to make your dog nervous and perhaps act out aggressively. If you can’t read or understand dogs warning signs or calming signals and the park is too stressful, go elsewhere or wait for a less busy time. Your dog will be much happier with a calm and happy owner!

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One Lucky Dog “Spotlight” – Barney

 Meet Barney!

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Barney is a Labradoodle who started with One Lucky Dog back in August 2014 with puppy visits twice daily.

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He was only a 5 weeks old and loved to play with toys in his backyard. Especially ones that squeak!

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Every week he grew bigger and bigger and his goofy lovable personality grew too

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After a few months he had graduated from puppy visits and moved into group walks so he could make new friends! Addie, who was also a puppy and Barney became best pals immediately

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The park was a little intimidating at first especially when there was such big dogs all around him!

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But with some positive reinforcement and with his best friend Addie by his side the dog park started to feel more like home.

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Over a few weeks his shyness began to decline and more of Barney’s lovable and goofy personality started to shine through at the park.

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Now Barney is over six months old and all that insecurity has disappeared! He is a happy, confident and is never shy to make new friends. (Although Addie will always be his best friend)

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Happy Trails!

17 Unbelievably Tiny Puppies

1. This little napper who is just WAY TOO TINY TO EVEN BE REAL.

This little napper who is just WAY TOO TINY TO EVEN BE REAL.

2. And this pal who is little AND fluffy, which means he is double the adorable.

3. This dude who is so teeny you can’t HELP BUT SQUEE A LITTLE BIT.

This dude who is so teeny you can't HELP BUT SQUEE A LITTLE BIT.

4. And this happy girl who just a little too cute. LOOK HOW TINY SHE IS.

And this happy girl who just a little too cute. LOOK HOW TINY SHE IS.

5. This teeny lady who needs a hug from you. RIGHT. NOW.

This teeny lady who needs a hug from you. RIGHT. NOW.

6. And this guy who’s SO FREAKIN’ SMALL he just needs to be cuddled FOREVER.

And this guy who's SO FREAKIN' SMALL he just needs to be cuddled FOREVER.

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7. This pocket puppy who is so tiny that she takes her baths in a little cup. A CUP. DOES IT GET CUTER THAN THAT?!

This pocket puppy who is so tiny that she takes her baths in a little cup. A CUP. DOES IT GET CUTER THAN THAT?!

8. And this lady who is just the cutest little puppy OF ALL TIME.

And this lady who is just the cutest little puppy OF ALL TIME.

9. This cuddler who made nap time more adorable just by being SO SMALL and SO CUTE.

This cuddler who made nap time more adorable just by being SO SMALL and SO CUTE.

10. THIS INSANELY ADORABLE COTTON BALL OF CUTENESS.

THIS INSANELY ADORABLE COTTON BALL OF CUTENESS.

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11. This little man who just needs all the hugs because OH MY GOD LOOK AT HOW SMALL HE IS.

This little man who just needs all the hugs because OH MY GOD LOOK AT HOW SMALL HE IS.

12. And this adorable ball of fluff who is FULL OF PRIDE AND ALSO CUTENESS.

And this adorable ball of fluff who is FULL OF PRIDE AND ALSO CUTENESS.

13. SPOTS HAVE NEVER LOOKED SMALLER OR CUTER THAN THEY DO ON THIS FRECKLED LADY.

SPOTS HAVE NEVER LOOKED SMALLER OR CUTER THAN THEY DO ON THIS FRECKLED LADY.

14. Who wouldn’t want to cuddle with this teeny-tiny napper?! NOBODY. NOBODY IS THE ANSWER.

Who wouldn't want to cuddle with this teeny-tiny napper?! NOBODY. NOBODY IS THE ANSWER.

15. This little one who just needs to give fluffy kisses to everyone because the world needs to see her unbelievable tiny cuteness.

This little one who just needs to give fluffy kisses to everyone because the world needs to see her unbelievable tiny cuteness.

16. THIS CUTIE WHO HAS TO BE A STUFFED ANIMAL OR SOMETHING BECAUSE HE’S JUST SO TINY AND SO ADORABLE.

THIS CUTIE WHO HAS TO BE A STUFFED ANIMAL OR SOMETHING BECAUSE HE'S JUST SO TINY AND SO ADORABLE.

17. And finally, this miniature sir who has the most powerful puppy-dog eyes in ALL THE LAND. NOBODY STANDS A CHANCE.

And finally, this miniature sir who has the most powerful puppy-dog eyes in ALL THE LAND. NOBODY STANDS A CHANCE.

Original story from Buzzfeed Composed by Kaelin Tully

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