Dog parks are a great resource for our dogs. We can practice obedience with distractions, playing nicely with different kinds of dogs and building social skills for our dog. Whether it is a young puppy or an old dog, they all have something to gain from spending time at the dog park. The diversity of people & dogs at the dog park provide a great opportunity, not just dogs to socialize, but it is also a time for the owner to reach out to fellow dog owners about their relationship with their dog.
Dog Park Tips: Start taking your puppy to the dog park early. The dog park will allow your puppy to build excellent relationships with other dogs and other people. Remember, the dog park is not a substitute for leash walks and discipline within the house. A dog whose rules and boundaries are not created and enforced by a consistent pack leader will develop bad social skills that will manifest themselves at the free and open environment that the dog park provides. Do not rationalize a dogs problems away. Big dogs, small dogs, male, female, neutered, not neutered: they all can and should get along. Make sure you help your dogs and the others at the park understand your rules and boundaries for a great dog park experience!