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