Visiting the dog park can be loads of fun for everyone involved. If your dog is used to visiting the park, you will want to find one close-by when you are arranging for pet-friendly travel. But keep in mind that this park isn’t your usual one. Your dog doesn’t know this area, he doesn’t know the dogs that come here, and he isn’t familiar with the environment. You will need to treat a holiday dog park completely different than the one you frequent back home.
You first need to acknowledge that every dog park has its own set of rules to follow. Just because this is a pet-friendly travel situation, doesn’t mean that everything will be the same as it is back home. Take some time to read the rules, all of them, before you take your dog into the park. Some parks forbid toys to be brought in, others demand that only certain types of waste disposal bags be used. Others forbid animals that are under a certain size, and still, others demand that proof of vaccinations be on the owner’s person at all times within the park. Always take a moment to read and understand the rules before you enter, and make certain that you follow each of them.
Take the time to look around the park before you enter. Don’t assume that the area is good for pet-friendly travel just because it is labeled as a dog park. Make sure to check the different areas of the park before you take your dog to it, make sure the fencing is secure enough to keep your dog safe. Recognize any areas that may pose a risk for your pet, whether it be a location in the park that other dogs are congregating or an obstacle in the landscape itself. Make a mental note of all such places and be prepared to deal with them accordingly.
Just like what you do at your dog park at home, you must clean up after your dog and do so properly. Just because you are on holiday doesn’t mean you can get away with ignoring park rules. Keep a close watch on your dog to make sure she is enjoying herself. Know where your dog is in the park and what she is doing at all times. Be alert for signs of aggression or fear in your dog. This area and what she is doing at all times. Be alert for signs of aggression or fear in your dog. This area and the dogs around her aren’t what she is used to, and she may act out because of the sudden change.
When you are embarking on pet-friendly travel, always remember to read the signs and follow the rules, including those that your dog may be communicating to you. If your dog doesn’t appear to be enjoying her visit, be quick to leash her and vacate the dog park immediately. Paying attention to your dog and your surroundings will make you holiday happy for everyone.