[Discussion] Any advice for the first dog park visit? via /r/dogs

[Discussion] Any advice for the first dog park visit?

Hello!

My retriever-mix Lady Bird is about 7 months old, and the sweetest little lady. I’ve socialized her like crazy since the day I got her (she was 8 weeks). She comes with me to every dog-friendly establishment in town, and she’s also been going to dog daycare since she was 4 months old.

My city had a dog park membership, and I think Lady Bird would love the opportunity to make some new friends and run around outside off-leash. I’m a bit hesitant to take the plunge though—I’ve read some horror stories about first time park visitors being disrespectful or aggressive dogs attacking other dogs. I was also advised by my trainer to not go because of the variables you can’t plan for (inattentive owners, aggressive dogs, etc).

What is the best way to introduce a dog to the dog park? What preparatory steps can I take to make sure it’s a positive experience for everyone involved? I would love to hear from some seasoned dog park veterans.

Submitted June 18, 2018 at 12:41PM by bittah_professional
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