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Dog Parks FAQs
Are dog parks safe?
You might feel concerned about the safety of dog parks, especially if you've got a small pup. As the saying goes, "if you don't worry, then worry; and if you worry, then don't worry." As a base scenario, you can plan on having your dog on-leash (even if the park is off-leash) and plan to leave in case anything goes awry — kind of like a bad date. However, keeping your dog closely under your supervision, having a leash at the ready, and staying aware of surrounding dogs, your pup's safety should be well under control.
What 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 need to pickup my pup's poop at the park?
Particularly in dog parks where waste can accumulate quickly, it's especially important to pickup your pup's poop.
Is the information in this guide accurate?
Unfortunately, we can't guarantee that the information in this guide is without error. For that reason, it's best to assume that parks don't have water, are not off-leash, and are not fenced until proven otherwise on-site.