Dog Parks were designed to give the dog owner a place for their dog/dogs to run and exercise in an area off-leash and some parks require on-leash.
Here are a few things to consider when attending a Dog Park:
Is the park crowded with a lot of dogs?
Are there more large dogs than small?
Are there dogs that are known as aggressive dogs (breed)?
Are the dog owners actually supervising or chatting with
other dog owners?
Do you know for sure that all the dogs are up to date on their shots? Were they only given a rabies shot & that's all?
Bringing your dog into the park, do you know for sure your dog will be welcomed or attacked?
Is your dog a stranger to the other dogs?
How do you know if another dog may be in the very early stages of something highly contagious?
What's in the soil? Parvo? Parasites?
Are you willing to take the risk of you or your dog getting hurt from a dog fight? (Is your vet near the dog park if needed?)
Could the adult dogs that are there be aggressive toward a pup/dog that's less than a year old?
Doggy DayCare is designed to give the dog owner a place for their dog/dogs to be boarded for a short time while they are at work. They are exercised and socialized with other dogs.
As with the Dog Parks, here are several things to consider if you want to put your dog in Doggy DayCare.
Some are the same as the Dog Parks and seem to be repeated:
How long will your dog be allowed to fun free/off leash
at the daycare?
Will your dog be able to run alone?
Will the other dogs be running with your dog?
Are there more large dogs than small that run together?
Are the dogs that are known as aggressive dogs run together?
Is that area supervised by 2 or more adults 100% of the time while the dogs are out there?
If your dog is a stranger to the other dogs, how will the staff handle that?
If there is a dog that may have something contagious, are you willing to take on the extra vet bills?
As for as socialization, are you willing to work with your dog on behavior he/she picked up from other dogs that is not acceptable to you? (Bad habits can be hard to correct)
Are you willing to take the risk of your dog getting hurt
from a dog fight?
If your dog gets hurt or sick, what about medical treatment?
Do they allow adult dogs to run and play with pups that are less than a year old or a year and a half? (Not a good idea)
Are you willing to accept the fact that your dog can be
in a dog fight? (Staff people will probably not tell you that your dog was in a fight)
Are you willing to accept the fact that if your dog is in a dog fight, he/she could be seriously injured?
What kind of socialization do you really want your dog to have?
Your dog can not tell you that he/she doesn't like it there because of the other dogs.
Are you willing to take the chance that your dog could die from being in a dog fight at doggy daycare?
Generally, when dogs are running around together and a dog fight breaks out between two dogs, most dogs with join in on the fight. That means, the one dog is being attacked by several dogs. A few dogs will stand back at a distance and watch.
The materials offered on this website are intended of educational purposes only. Weepin Oaks Boxers does not provide veterinary services or guidance. Please contact your veterinian in reguarding the care of your animals.