A haven for dogs big and small, off-leash parks give our canines much needed freedom and socialization. They also give owners a way to release the hound in a semi-controlled environment. They arenâ€™t, however, a free-for-all. Off-leash parks come with unwritten rules; ones that make the experience better, safer, and more fun for humans and canines alike.Â For a rundown of how not to act when off the leash, Timbercreek brings you this list of ways to keep your pet in check at the park.
Dogs are pretty good at policing themselves. But little ones can have a tougher time stopping bigger ones from romping all over them. And sometimes, itâ€™s the little ones that get in the face of bigger dogs. Be aware that while the alpha order works itself out a lot of times, owners need to take responsibility for their dogs not bullying others. Learn more.
Watch the Jumping
Dogs get excited. Itâ€™s what they do. And when they do, they either bite, hump, or jump. And while they all can be kind of cute, when it comes to other dogs - and worse - other people (even at an off-leash park) jumping isnâ€™t cool. It can mean little dogs get hurt, your dog might lose an eye, or some random owner might get a German Shepherd in her face. Learn more.
Watch the Humping
While sometimes comical or cute to watch, its best to keep your dog off the backs of others at the park. Learn more.
Itâ€™s Not All About You
Remember: off-leash parks or areas are just a part of a shared social zone. You and your dog donâ€™t own it. Others use it. Just because itâ€™s designated off-leash doesnâ€™t mean non-pet people wonâ€™t use it or walk through it. Keep an eye on passersby, share the space, and watch that your hound doesnâ€™t make a snack of them.
Bags are a must
Bring a bag people. While everywhere is a potential toilet for a dog, just because itâ€™s outside, and an off-leash area, doesnâ€™t mean itâ€™s a free poo zone. Remember to stoop and scoop!
At an off-leash park, youâ€™ve gotta relax and let go. Dogs get rowdy. They run. They jostle. They steal each othersâ€™ toys. Donâ€™t get too uptight about it all. Trust that youâ€™ll get your frisbee or throw-thingy back and sip your latte. Read more.
Timbercreek hopes these tips help you navigate off-leash dog parks. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.