Category Archives: Behavioral

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly on Dog Parks

dooper dog parkComing from the perspective of a dog trainer, dog parks are too risky. When people ask me about them, I suggest other ways to socialize and get quality dog playtime. If they really want to try one, I offer advice on ways to increase the odds for a safe experience for themselves and their dog.

No one is there to police a dog park. No one controls who comes and goes. No one is there asking for proof of vaccinations or doing temperament test to see if all the dogs are healthy good-play partners. You don’t know what dogs are going to be there when you are. You have to wonder, are the other dogs properly vaccinated? Are the other dogs healthy with no contagious diseases? Are the other dogs dog-dog friendly? Are the other dogs dog-people friendly? I hear too many stories when these questions are given bad answers. Continue reading