Dog Parks – Rules, Locations, is it right for your dog?

Hey dog people,

Here we are, yet another week talking about our favorite furry animals. Today’s topic is about dog parks and their rules, locations and if they are right for your dogs. I want to start off this post by saying I have never been to a dog park neither have my dogs as I have always had more than one and have friends who have doggy play dates all the time. I am not against them and personally believe if you have one dog and want them to be social in a way that is not expensive such as paying for doggy daycare as well have the time to take your furry baby their then dog parks may work for you. This post is meant as a informational post on dog parks and all their perks.

Rules: (main ones not all of them)

  • keep dogs on the leash until you are in the designated no leash area. Look around make sure it is secure as well no open gates or areas to escape from. Not doubting parks but dogs are sneaky bastards.
  • your dog must be on your voice control when off leash. Other terms your dog needs to be a good listener and have some training on behaviors that are appropriate in public.
  • You have to stay with your dog or keep an eye on them at all times, you are responsible for them at all times.
  • Your dog needs all their up to date vaccinations before entering the park for their health and the health of others.
  • Puppies under 4 months should not be going to a dog park they haven’t received all their vaccinations yet and that’s unsafe for them and others.
  • no infants or small children allowed in the park as small children have lots of energy and them running around may stress out some dogs or even scare dogs not exposed to children.
  • No aggressive dogs allowed in the park for obvious reasons
  • no human or dog food inside the park as some dogs may be food aggressive and dogs shouldn’t eat human food.

Locations in MA: (comment if you want to know some well known ones in other states or countries)

  • Stoddard Neck in Weymouth Ma
  • Peter’s Park in Boston, Ma
  • Medway Off Leash Dog Park – Boston, Ma
  • Vietnam Veterans Park – Billerica, Ma
  • Dufresne Park – Granby, Ma
  • Thorndlike Field, Ma
  • Lowell Dog Park Lowell, Ma
  • Northampton Dog Park Northampton, Ma

Is it right for you?: (You know your dog the best)

Benefits:

  • Physical and mental exercise for your dog
  • opportunities to maintain healthy social skills
  • Fun for pet parents as they can socialize with other owners

Downsides:

  • Health risks with dogs who aren’t properly vaccinated
  • Dog interactions may be to much for some dogs
  • People problems with opinions and dog behavior

As I have said before you know your dog the best so be safe and smart about your decision to take them to a dog park. Look into Doggy Daycare/camps and weigh out your options.  You can also do what I have done which is individual play dates with friends dogs in a more controlled environment.

Thanks for reading dog lovers and check out my Scarves for Paws Campaign page where all proceeds benefit Sterling Shelter.

Keeping your dog safe, even in your own backyard!

Hey Dog lovers, today’t topic will be on how to keep your dog safe from coyotes or other wildlife. Through knowledge and tips and to simply be aware of surroundings. 

1. Start in your backyard

Although most dog parents know you should, or I would recommend fencing in your yard. I know they have those electric fences but honestly dogs can grow a tolerance to the shock and break free eventually. Some may also argue that their dog will come every time they call, this is simply not true if a dog does not want to come to you they won’t. That is why we have leashes and fences to help protect not only them but you as well. Getting a fence that is 6 feet or taller and has a roller bar, 15 in woven wire as well. Also make sure it is all the way into the ground as coyotes can dig pretty well.

In some situations your HOA regulations may prevent you from creating such a barrier, here are some tips to make your yard less attractive to the predators;

  • Install motion-sensitive lighting.
  • Trim landscaping to eliminate hiding places.
  • Add a roof if you have an outside kennel.
  • Remove bird feeders, pick up fallen fruits and nuts from trees, and regularly harvest gardens; the food attracts not only coyotes but also their natural prey.
  • Keep trash bins in the garage or use animal-resistant models if allowed by your collector.

2. Change your behavior

Some ways to keep predators out;

  • Keep food and water bowls inside.
  • Supervise your dog while in the yard, especially at dawn and dusk; never tie your dog up outside.
  • Close any pet doors before dusk each day.
  • Do not allow your dog to interact with wildlife; doing so teaches him or her it’s okay to approach strange animals.
  • Never feed wildlife.
  • Use a 6-foot, non retractable leash and avoid walking at dawn and dusk.

3. Know how to handle an encounter

If a predator does get into your yard you need to remember to stay calm, and get your dog inside as quickly and safely as possible. Be quiet and cautious. Predators wont attack unless they have a reason to.

4. Educate your neighbors

Neighbors can help watch your house while you are away. Never leave your dog outside un supervised no matter how old or how much you trust them always watch them or have someone watching them outside. Again this is for yours and your pets protection.

That is it for today guys! I hope you can take away some serious tips and educate yourself on safety measures to ensure everyone stays healthy and happy.

As always I would love to hear from you my readers about what I should talk about and what you think of the post and blog itself.

Importance of leashing your dog!!

Hey dog people, another week and another topic about our amazing four legged friends. Today’s topic is leashing and the importance of it. Personally I know I want my dog when i get my own to run free without a leash but after doing some research I realize its not the safest idea for my future buddy or for others in the community. Here are the top 8 reasons to leash your dog!

  1. You don’t know me. Strangers are called strangers for a reason you don’t know them. Some people have fears of dogs small, medium or large.  Reasons vary from person to person, some have been attacked by dogs when little or have been in contact with bad behaving dogs. When a dog is on a leash you are in control and people are calm about it, but when they are off leash it offers a uncertainty and danger to the other person.
  2. You don’t know my dog. Dogs are unpredictable as much as I believe your dog is well behaved as a responsible dog owner but what about the interaction between them. If a dog is off a leash it can scare the dog on one.
  3.  Dogs and unpredictable in terms of attitude and directions. Off -leash dogs tend to pee and poop where they please, and that can be just plain rude. If you’re walking the dog on-leash, you can keep her from trampling flower beds and direct her to go where it’s more appropriate. Allowing for the neighbors to keep their nice lawn.
  4. People don’t react well to off-leash dog as they feel you don’t have any control and it can become a dangerous situation. They could trip or get knocked over, and your dog could get injured as well.
  5. Just like people, dogs have moods and emotions. Even the sweetest, kindest dog can get spooked or caught off guard or decide on a whim that they want to chase a cat. If your dog is off-leash when one of these things happens, she could run into the street or accidentally injure a stranger.
  6. Wildlife is unpredictable. Your kind, curious dog may not know that sniffing a snake or trying to play with an opossum is a bad idea.
  7. Plants are unpredictable. Can your dog spot poison ivy? Even in my intown neighborhood I’ve had to pull Jenna away from this dangerous plant while out walking the dog. Dogs can break out in blisters from poison ivy just like humans, and the oil on their coats can get onto your skin, too.
  8. There are enticing things on the ground. Let’s be honest: dogs will eat pretty much anything. Especially in urban areas, there’s a good chance they can encounter things that are dangerous for them to eat, and when you’re walking the dog off-leash, you may not be close enough to know what’s happening. I’m thinking here of litter. Are you sure your dog won’t go for a half-eaten chocolate bar or a baggie with white powder inside if you’re not there to correct her?

Well that is it for today guys, hope you learned something from today and took away helpful information! Comment if you want a topic for me to tackle or want more information on anythin written above.

Importance of Scheduling shots for Puppies and Adult dogs

Hey dog lovers,

Its my favorite time of the week, its posting week. I always love writing about dogs and the millions of topics to tackle as its informative and educational for you guys and me. Today’s topic is the importance of scheduling shots for puppies through adulthood. This post is going to be jammed packed with researched information as I think dogs should get the basic and common shots but that’s it. I think spending millions on dogs with a low outcome is a waste as you take their quality of life away.

Vaccines help prevent the bodies immune system to fight the invasion of disease-causing organisms. They are the easiest way to help your dog live a longer and healthier life in most aspects. What I mean by that is all dogs are different and will react differently to all vaccines and shots given to them as humans do. You know your dog best, know what they are allergic to and what gives them a reaction, this will help your vet do their best to keep your pet healthy and happy. With that said vets are the best too look at for a vaccine regimens. Recently there has been some controversy about duration of protections and timing vaccinations actually do for the dogs.

Vaccines are very important to your dogs health, but please realize not every vaccination is not for every dog and I really can’t stress this enough.  The core vaccines ALL dogs need are; canine parvovirus, distemper, canine hepatitis and rabies. There are non core vaccines that your vet may require your dog to have they include: bordetella brochi septic (Kennel cough) this is for dogs who are boarded and or go to doggie day camp as they can be exposed to this and complications can be fatal, Borrelia burgdorferi and leptospira.

*Please not that each state has its own laws determining vaccination schedule for your dog. It depends on the type of vaccine, your dog’s age, medical history, environment and lifestyle. Rabies are a must in every state.*

After your dog gets a vaccination make sure you watch them closely the next few days especially if its the first time they are getting a specific one. Symptoms to look for if my dog is ill from a vaccine; fever, sluggish, loss of appetite, facial swelling and or hives, vomiting, diarrhea, pain, swelling, redness or scabbing or hair loss around the injection site, lameness, collapse, difficulty breathing, and seizures. If your dog has these don’t be scared just call your vet and they will do what they can to help your dog.

Thanks for reading guys and as always if you have questions, comments or just want to write to me please don’t hesitate, i love hearing from other dog lovers and sharing stories and learning new things.

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