Dog parks were developed to give urban canines a place to run free and to be used by socially responsible dog owners. Which is nice is theory but, you must remember that not every dog owner is tuned into their dog’s behavior. You need to be responsible for your dog and yourself. Follow whatever guidelines and permit requirements your dog park has. If a dog that comes to the park is a continuous problem, and you have a group of park users who think so then look into whom the governing body of your park is and summit a formal petition to have that dog’s right to use the park revoked. If only your dog as a problem with this dog you need to simple avoid using the park at the same time, if you noticed the problem so has the other dog owner. Try simple asking them what days and time they come to the park and agree not to come at the same time. Dogs are just like people they are not going to like every dog the meet, and they certainly do not want a friendship with them, and that is ok, just do not encourage interaction with those dogs.
1.)Do not bring an unvaccinated dog or puppy (under 12 weeks of age) to the dog park. By bringing your dog unprotected you are exposing them to numerous diseases. A standard vaccine protocol for a dog that interact with other dogs is: Rabies (required by NYS law), DHLPP (which includes canine distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainflenza virus, and parvovirus), Bordetella (commonly called kennel cough), and a Lyme vaccine. Each state as their own diseases of concern so this is a basic guide line, Check with your dogs’ vet for which vaccines would be best. 2.)It is also a very good idea to be using a monthly flea and tick prevention such a Frontline or Vectra and monthly heartworm prevention such as interceptor or heartguard. These products are sold mostly by veterinarians, if you choose to buy them elsewhere be careful to check your packaging carefully there have been many cases of counterfeit products being sold across the country. Most dog parks are in wooded areas with heavy grass and underbrush, which is a Mecca for fleas and ticks. It is also a good idea to look yourself and your dog over for ticks when you get home from the dog park. Heartworm disease is spread through mosquitoes which are also found in wooded areas and around water sources that are stagnate. 3.)If your dog is not feeling well; coughing sneezing, has diarrhea, etc. They should stay home until they are feeling better and their symptoms have resolved. If your dog is at the park and comes in contact with a dog displaying these symptoms you should leash your dog and avoid interaction with them by leaving the dog park. 4.)Know your dog; you are responsible for your own dog and ONLY your dog. Be in tuned to your dogs behavior, how they play, protect, and interact with other dogs. Some dogs only enjoy dogs of the same size, others will protect a new friend from other canines, and if you can anticipate how your dog will react to situations it will go a long way in preventing possible altercations at the dog park. Remember a dog fight is all in the eye of the beholder, what you consider play another owner may perceive as aggression. Do not try to grab hold of another dog this only leads to you being injured and possible sued if you hurt the dog. If a problem arises, quickly call your dog, or remove them by their collar, leash them and immediately leave the dog park.
Westchester Dog Parks:
- Bark Park at Baldwin Farm Delfino Park Main St. White Plains, NY
- Canine Commons at Beaver Dam Park Beaver Dam Road Katonah, NY
- Cedar Lane Dog Park 235 Cedar Lane Ossining, NY 10562
- Elmsford Dog Park North Evarts and Winthrop Ave Elmsford, NY
- Kingsland Point Dog Park Palmer Ave. in Philipse Manor Sleepy Hollow, NY
- Mount Kisco Bark Park 295 N Bedford Rd. (Ice House Rd.) Mount Kisco, NY 10549
- New Cortlandt Dog Park 1 Heady Street Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567
- Sycamore Dog Park Long Pond Rd. Carmel, NY
- Ward Acres Park between Broadfield Rd. and Pinebrook Bivd. New Rochelle, NY
Please visit this site www.dogparkusa.com before you head out to any of these dog parks it will give you all the details you need such as location, public or private, if there is a permit needed, residents only, small dog area, bathrooms, etc. Also, if you are Not From Westchester you can use the above site to find a dog park anywhere in the country. 5.)You need to be attentive and with your dogs at all times, this means no cell phone, book, magazine, or other distraction at the park. Remember you went to the park for your dog so spend time with them and give your full attention so you can keep trouble at bay. 6.)Do not bring treats to the dog park to feed other peoples dogs, many dogs have allergies and special feeding recruitments, other dogs can be food aggressive and attack another dog over a treat. 7.)Never go to the dog park with your dog on a leash, release them as soon as you are safely within the parks enclosure, unleashed dogs perceive leashed dogs as a threat. If you are afraid your dog will not come back to you then do not take them to the dog park. Instead work on their basic recall so you can comfortable allow them to play at the dog park. Also, do not leave training collars, leashes, harnesses, or head collars on your dog when they are running loose, this is very dangerous and can cause your dog to be hung up on fences or other dogs. 8.)Never bring more dogs to the dog park then you can keep track of and control, this is usually 2 dogs to one human. 9.)Young puppies are best suited to play in the area of the dog park designated for small dogs, as long as they are still less than 30 lbs. This will work well because young puppies need socialization but, can often be over whelmed by larger adult dogs. Also, your puppies obedience skills are not as sharp as an adult dogs so the smaller space will make it easier to keep track of them and catch them should they decided to play a good game of chase with you. 10.) Also urge all owners with breeds that have been labeled as aggressive, that are good canine citizens to go to the dog park let your dog interact with other dogs and prove to society that these breeds are not bad dogs, they just have had bad humans handling them and raising them wrong. But, I do caution you that if a problem arises at the park and you are within a 100 yards you are going to be forced to defend your dogs honor. So do everything right from the beginning, vaccines, preventives, dog license, quality obedience training. I am not saying this behavior is right but, until our society opens their eyes you will have to defend your dog and his or her breeding. 11.)All dog owners should always carry: vaccine certificate, proof of rabies, dog license, and any necessary permit or proof of residence required for your local dog park.
Dog parks were developed to give urban canines a place to run free and to be used by socially responsible dog owners. Which is nice is theory but, you must remember that not every dog owner is tuned into their dog’s behavior. You need to be responsible for your dog and yourself. Follow whatever guidelines and permit requirements your dog park has. If a dog that comes to the park is a continuous problem, and you have a group of park users who think so then look into whom the governing body of your park is and summit a formal petition to have that dog’s right to use the park revoked. If only your dog as a problem with this dog you need to simple avoid using the park at the same time, if you noticed the problem so has the other dog owner. Try simple asking them what days and time they come to the park and agree not to come at the same time. Dogs are just like people they are not going o like every dog the meet, and they certainly do not want a friendship with them, and that is ok, just do not encourage interaction with those dogs.
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