Dog Park Introductions
The way your dog introduces itself to existing dogs at the dog park can set the tone for the entire visit. First, enter the park safely. Most dog parks have a double gate that ensures no dogs already in the park can escape when a new dog enters. Always make sure the first gate is closed before opening the second.
Next, unleash your dog as soon as you enter the park. Keeping your dog on-leash while other dogs are free can create anxiety for your pet, and potentially cause leash aggression. Once your dog is free, allow him or her to greet new dogs however he or she pleases. Researchers have observed that newcomers to a dog park engage in more snout-to-muzzle interactions, as opposed to nose-to-butt engagements.
Dog Park Etiquette for Humans
Even though the dog park may seem like a lawless free-for-all for the dogs, it shouldn’t be treated as such by humans. When at the dog park, you should always: