14 Days Step by Step Perfect Puppy Training Guide HTML version
As you take your puppy to the dog park and other recreational areas, you will find that
they are also refreshing for you too. You get the chance to interact and meet other dog
owners. You are also in a better position to learn other skills on how to handle your
puppy from other parents like you. The choice is up to you to make the experience as fun
as you wish.
Safety in the parks and playgrounds
In spite of the fact that taking your dog has many inherent benefits attached, it is also important
that you be aware that it carries with it some measures of risk. Your ability to handle the risks
involved will help in your decision to become a dog park devotee.
Number of health risks:
If your puppy is properly vaccinated and healthy, there is a low risk assoc iated with his visits to
the park. Just bear in mind that there are health risks each time your puppy comes in contact with
other dogs just as there is a health risk involved when humans interact with other humans. O ne of
the important risks is that of contracting Bordatella also known as Kennel cough. Talk to your
veterinarian about the possibility of having your puppy vaccinated against this disease and also
ask to be educated on other health risks associated with dog parks. Fleas are another important
health risk for your puppy. Fleas’ are everywhere from dogs, to squirrels, to rabbits. If you want
to protect your puppy adequately against fleas, the key is providing vaccination. Another health
risk worth mentioning is the possibility of your puppy being trampled in the parks by larger
dogs. This risk is small but it exists all the same.
Think of the dog problems:
Some dogs are naturally shy and may not associate well with other dogs. A visit to the park may
elicit stress in your dog, especially if he has had unpleasant experiences in the park. If your dog
is constantly being bullied, harassed, intimidated or simply played rough with, he may decide
parks are not for him at all. Signs that your puppy is finding his visit to the park stressful include
barking, growling, snarling, snapping and lunging in other to drive other dogs away. He might
even bite in self-protection.
There are also people problems:
Human behavior problems may arise from differences in perspective regarding normal dog
relations. It is true that pet owners do not always agree on what is best for a pet. They may argue
about what behavior is truly aggressive and what is acceptable during play. The problem arises
since there are no authority figures to appeal to at the parks. This may sometimes result in
human behavior problems as well.
Be ready for the unexpected: