Why Hillsboro Dog Walkers don’t include dog park adventures in their services

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We all want our dogs to have an opportunity to socialize with other dogs. However, the risks at the dog park out way the benefits.

What are the risks?
Potential opportunity for your pet to contract a disease from non vaccinated dogs. Let’s face it not all dog owners are responsible and pick up after their pet. The feces remains in the grass and if your dog comes in contact with it, they could get sick, resulting in a trip to the veterinary.

Dog fights and injuries resulting from dog to dog aggression. Not all dogs are bullies, but when a pack structure is established in the park and a newbie shows up, the structure will need to be established. This is how dogs behave. Your pack structure in your home is established. In the dog park structure is always changing.
If your dog is hurt at the dog park by another dog, you will now have an immediate temperament change in your dog. If they are a young puppy it could be permanent. They could display fear of other dogs resulting in fear aggression. This is not what dog owners want for their dogs.

Not all pet owners pay attention to the dynamics happening with there dogs at the park. Owners like to socialize and visit with neighbors and friends assuming their dogs are having a great time. In many cases they probably are however a fight can happen in the blink of an eye.

When we are paying attention to our dogs, we will notice the body language shift from a dog relaxed and playing to dominance, standing stiff with shoulders squared over another dog, tail straight and head high. These are not good signs and it is time to call your dog to you immediately.

Does your dog have a reliable recall even when he is distracted?

As a pet sitter and dog walker, I am NOT the “pack” leader in your household. I have not established this role, nor should I. This is a role YOU establish with your pet.

If you enjoy outings at the dog park, then please take your dog keeping these risks in mind. Pay attention to the dynamics while your dog is playing and don’t get side tracked with a friend.

I think it is wonderful that these large spaces are available for off leash play and it’s a great opportunity for you to take your dog and let them run off their energy.

I just don’t feel it is a good idea for a pet sitter to take your dog. We are liable while your pet is in our custody, care and control. As your pet sitter, I want to be certain that your dogs are safe in our care.

 

We all want our dogs to have an opportunity to socialize with other dogs. However, the risks at the dog park out way the benefits.

What are the risks?

Potential opportunity for your pet to contract a disease from non vaccinated dogs. Let’s face it not all dog owners are responsible and pick up after their pet. The feces remains in the grass and if your dog comes in contact with it, they could get sick, resulting in a trip to the veterinary.

Dog fights and injuries resulting from dog to dog aggression. Not all dogs are bullies, but when a pack structure is established in the park and a newbie shows up, the structure will need to be established. This is how dogs behave. Your pack structure in your home is established. In the dog park structure is always changing.
If your dog is hurt at the dog park by another dog, you will now have an immediate temperament change in your dog. If they are a young puppy it could be permanent. They could display fear of other dogs resulting in fear aggression. This is not what dog owners want for their dogs.

Not all pet owners pay attention to the dynamics happening with there dogs at the park. Owners like to socialize and visit with neighbors and friends assuming their dogs are having a great time. In many cases they probably are however a fight can happen in the blink of an eye.

When we are paying attention to our dogs, we will notice the body language shift from a dog relaxed and playing to dominance, standing stiff with shoulders squared over another dog, tail straight and head high. These are not good signs and it is time to call your dog to you immediately.

Does your dog have a reliable recall even when he is distracted?

As a pet sitter and dog walker, I am NOT the “pack” leader in your household. I have not established this role, nor should I. This is a role YOU establish with your pet.

If you enjoy outings at the dog park, then please take your dog keeping these risks in mind. Pay attention to the dynamics while your dog is playing and don’t get side tracked with a friend.

I think it is wonderful that these large spaces are available for off leash play and it’s a great opportunity for you to take your dog and let them run off their energy.

Pet Sitters are liable while your pet is in our custody, care and control. As your pet sitter, I want to be certain that your dogs are safe in our care.

 

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