Dog parks can be a great outlet for you and your dog. Most often people work a 9-5 job and have to leave their furry friend at home to entertain themselves. The good news is that there are parks to take your pet to that are open 24/7. Many problems in dogs are caused by the lack of physical and mental activities. They have a lot of excess energy built up, which leads to tearing up your couches and foraging through the trash can. Here are some of the benefits a dog park can provide:
- Happy, healthy dog– Exercise is crucial, without it your pet can become overweight and have multiple internal problems. For example; diabetes, damage to their joints, difficulty breathing, heat intolerance, decreased liver, and increase risk of cancer.
- Socialization- Play time! They have a good time, and they become more comfortable around different breeds of dogs.
- Pet Parent Fun– You can meet lots of nice people at the park, with the same interests as you, dogs! It will also make you feel better watching your pet have such a good time, and knowing they’re getting exercise as well.
Motivated to go get your pet some exercise? Wait just a sec, there’s some guidelines you need to consider first. Before taking your pet to the park, you need to make sure that your pet is going to be safe there. Make sure your pet is vaccinated, exposure to other dogs can create problems for your pet. There are plenty of places you can go for vaccinations, most people can get them at their local veterinarian, or you can go to an animal shelter as well.
Yes, the park is a great place to socialize your pet, but if it has never been around other dogs, keep a very close watch on them. When your dog is not properly socialized, they can become aggressive towards other pooches, it’s best to start socializing at a young age. You don’t want your dog to be known as the bully of the park! It can also be a good idea to bring a ball with you. Parks have plenty of space, so if you don’t have a big yard at your home, utilize this opportunity to get some one on one fetch time in. Water is very important for a safe playtime experience. Parks always have a water fountain low to the ground or higher up dependant on the dog’s size, or feel free to bring a bowl and a bottle of with you. Lastly, make sure to adhere to the signs posted at the park, areas have been marked off for a reason. Parks generally have two fenced in areas, one for larger breeds, and another for smaller ones. Do not take your small dog in with larger ones. Although you pup might be comfortable with a bigger dog, that doesn’t mean that the other one is use to seeing/ playing with another dog that small.
Now that you’re ready to take your pooch out for some safe playtime, here is a list of dog parks in your area.
- Fountain Hills
Enjoy some off the leash time with your pet, but don’t forget, always pick up the poop!