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Dog Parks FAQs
Are dog parks safe?
You might feel concerned about the safety of your pup at the park, especially if she or he is young and/or small. As the old adage goes, "if you worry, then don't worry; if you don't worry, then worry." As the safest scenario, you can plan on walking your dog on-leash (even if the park is off-leash), find secluded areas of the park, and commit to leaving in case anything goes awry. By keeping your pup under your watchful supervision, having a leash at the ready, and staying aware of other dogs around you, your pup should be plenty safe at the park.
What pup supplies should I bring to the dog park?
Here are some supplies you can remember to bring to the dog park. For the car: a blanket to cover the seat, your pup's harness, and a doggy seatbelt clip. For the park: a leash, waste bags, water for you and your dog, treats, and any toys like frisbees. For yourself: sunglasses, sunscreen, running shoes, a raincoat, a hat.
Do I still need to pickup after my dog at the park?
Particularly in dog parks, waste can build-up pretty quickly. For that reason, it's essential to bring along waste bags along with you.
Is the information in this guide accurate?
Unfortunately, it's not possible to keep this guide up to date and without error. As that's the case, it's best to assume that parks are on-leash, unfenced, and without water until proven otherwise on-site.