Dogs can often be described as a furry bundle of energy and enthusiasm. Having time to be active and play is key to a happy and healthy pup. If you’ve ever come home from a long day at work to a knocked-over trash can or throw pillows strewn about your living room floor, it might be because your dog is bored and lacking stimulation.

Enter dog parks, those magical places where our canine pals can prance around off-leash with their same-species buddies, where the tennis balls and games of fetch seem to never be in short supply, where excess doggie energy is expended at lighting-fast rates every single day. Sounds ideal, right? Well, it depends on your dog. Read on to see if dog parks are right for your four-legged buddy.

Let’s go play!

Dogs who are good candidates for the dog park include:

  • Spayed/neutered dogs that won’t accidentally contribute to the ever-growing pet overpopulation problem
  • Young dogs under the age of 2, who will be socialized and burn excess energy at the dog park
  • Healthy dogs that are fully vaccinated with strong immune systems, free of chronic injuries or pain, and ready to run and wrestle with other pups
  • Well-socialized dogs that love interacting with other dogs regularly and aren’t scared, intimidated, or irritated by other dogs regardless of size or breed

Let’s stay home!

Don’t let your pup play at the park if he or she is:

  • Not spayed or neutered
  • Aggressive toward other dogs
  • An unvaccinated puppy at high risk of contracting potentially deadly contagious diseases, like parvovirus
  • Fearful, anxious, nervous, or undersocialized

Considering taking your pupper to a dog park? Be sure to do your research to find the ideal park. The best dog parks are securely fenced, large enough for normal interaction, include cleanup stations with trashcans and pickup bags, include a water source and shaded area, and include a separate area for smaller dogs.

Contact us to make sure your dog is up to date on all vaccinations before heading off to the park.