Phoenix, AZ, August 31, 2016 (Newswire.com) - For dogs and dog owners alike, there is not much more fun than a trip to the dog park. However, what’s initially planned as a trip full of fun and excitement can quickly turn nasty if proper dog park etiquette is not followed. The dog park can be an overwhelming place. Even if dog owners are confident in the behavior of their dog, they cannot predict how other dogs will act. It is not uncommon for bites to occur at the dog park. If individuals have experienced a bite, it is important that they explore their legal options. Hastings & Hastings offers advice on dog park etiquette.
First, Hastings & Hastings cautions that dog owners should only take their pets to the dog park if they are properly trained and are known to get along with other animals.
Veterinarians advise that pet owners avoid taking the puppies to the dog park until they are at least six months of age. Further, puppies should stay home until they have received their full round of shots and vaccinations. Close contact with other animals facilitates the transmission of viruses and diseases. Younger animals without fully developed immune systems will be placed at highest risk by this contact.
Further, Hastings & Hastings advises that pet owners should ensure that their dogs are properly trained before visiting the dog park. Points of behavior to focus on include the proper way to greet others dogs. A well-trained dog should not charge another animal overly enthusiastically. This could lead to confrontations. Additionally, they should not exhibit dominance behaviors which could likewise cause a conflict.
Pet owners should always avoid bringing a leashed dog into an off-leash area of the dog park. Other dogs could become tangled in the leash leading to broken bones and even choking. If a dog is not trained to be off-leash, it should remain in an area designed for leashed animals.
Finally, Hastings & Hastings calls on dog owners to pay close attention to their pets the entire time they are at the dog park. Inattentiveness is a leading a cause of incidents.
“Our family loves spending time at the dog park. It is a great way let your dog get some exercise while enjoying the weather, at least during the non-summer months, and socializing with other dog owners. As long as everyone practices proper dog park etiquette, there is no reason dogs and people alike can’t get along swimmingly,” said David Hastings, the founder of Hastings & Hastings.
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