Did you know that March 30th is Take A Walk In The Park Day? A local Westminster, MD vet offers some advice on taking your canine buddy to the park in this article.
Always put your four-legged pal’s safety first. Before taking Fido to the park, you’ll need to make sure that he is microchipped, wearing ID tags, and up to date on his parasite prevention.
Time It Right
Many dogs would be happy to go to the park at any given moment. However, try to time it right. In summer, don’t go in the middle of the day, when it’s hottest out. During the week, you may find that it’s busiest between about 4 and 7, which is when many people get off work. This can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on you and your furry friend’s preferences. Just keep it in mind.
Always bring water along for your canine pal. Many parks have doggy fountains, but don’t rely just on those. You don’t want to find out at the last minute that Fido’s water source is out of order!
Monitor Your Pup
Parks can be very relaxing, but don’t completely lose yourself in a book or podcast. Pay close attention to your pooch. We also strongly recommend vetting Fido’s playmates before you let him off the leash. If you see any dogs that are acting aggressive, take your canine friend for a walk instead, and come back later.
Don’t Cause A Stir
Parks can be good for reinforcing Fido’s training, and putting him through his paces. They’re also a fun place to throw a ball or Frisbee for your pup. However, you’ll need to be discreet with toys and treats. If your furry pal’s playmates notice that you have the goodies, you may find yourself in the center of a doggy ruckus!
Don’t leave a mess behind. Make sure to pick up after your pooch. You may want to keep waste baggies in your car.
Bring A Friend
Going to the park isn’t just good for Fido. It’s also a good way for you to get outside, enjoy some fresh air, and just unwind a bit. This can also be a great time to catch up with a friend.
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