Part of the responsibility of being a new dog owner is to teach your dog how to socialize. This can be a fun experience as you’re helping your pet make friends by giving them the chance to play with other dogs. One way to acquaint your pup with other dogs is to bring them to dog parks, which are spaces specifically designated for dogs. While there are rules to follow, this can be an excellent opportunity for your dog to play off-leash with other dogs and for you to meet other pet owners.
However, taking your pup to the dog park for the first time can be intimidating. Some parks have strict policies you must adhere to, and there’s also the chance you could come across an aggressive dog or a pet owner who has different boundaries for their dog than you. When going to a new dog park, you can never be too prepared.
ManyPets compiled a list of 10 of the best common practices for new dog owners bringing their pups to the dog park. Read on to learn how to keep your dog safe and still have fun.