I feel like this is a big topic for debate and one that I am very passionate about.
So, let me start out by saying, I take my kids to the dog park and I have since they were newborns, but I do it at my own risk and I’m not stupid about it.
Some people are dog people and some people are not. Some of us have kids, and some of us don’t. I am obviously a very big dog person, but I am also a mum, so I am really passionate about this topic and I understand it from both sides.
In the end, we all need to learn to be responsible for our kids and dogs and be respectful of one another. So, today I’m going to share with you some great tips and things to look out for both as parents and dog owners when it comes to dog parks.
Some general tips about dog parks.
An off lead dog park is a place for dogs to run off lead and have fun! They need to have brilliant recall and socialisation skills if you are letting them off lead with other dogs and children around. That is number one to remember here!
Dog parks can be dangerous at any time, even without children there. I have seen plenty of irresponsible dog owners at the parks. So you need to be aware of how the dogs are playing, especially big dogs.
For some reason, despite a dog park being huge, dogs often love to play at your feet. The last thing you want to do is get you or your child in the middle of rough play or a dog fight.
My mother in law very recently got knocked over at a dog park and broke her wrist. Hence why I say, do it, but do it at your own risk.
For those of you who take your dogs to off lead dog parks, ALL the time, here’s some food for thought for you too, I only take Cooper to the dog park a few times a week.
Although you might think that running around off lead is the best way to tire your dog, this isn’t always true! Taking your dog for a long on lead walk is often more mentally and physically stimulating and exhausting for them. Mix it up. It’s better for their bodies to not always be doing that crazy off lead play.
Now, for some specific advice for ‘dog people’.