Enjoying Yourself at the Dog Park

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Dog parks give your dog a chance to exercise and socialize with other dogs. Check out the dog park without your dog. Read the posted rules for the park and be prepared to follow them. There should be separate areas for large and small dogs. Try to get a feel for the dynamics of the group and whether you feel your dog will fit on. For your part, make sure your dog knows basic obedience commands so you can get him under control quickly. Check that all his vaccinations are up to date. When you take your dog to the dog park, don’t hover. Allow him to run and play with the other dogs. He may come back to you on occasion but let him be. However, watch for bullying behavior from both other dogs and your own. Most importantly, have fun. For more information, contact your Orleans County, NY veterinarian.

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