Cons of a Dark Park: How to Avoid Them

Dog parks are great places for dogs and their owners to have healthy fun, but there are some disadvantages that need to be considered. Most can be avoided by trying a few parks until you find the right one for you and your dog.

Dog Fights

One of the most avoidable potential cons of a dog park is the chance of your dog getting into fights with other dogs. These fights can be caused by other dogs or your own if he or she is shy or aggressive.
The most important way you can keep your dog from getting into dog park fights is to make sure your dog plays well with other dogs before visiting a park. Once you are at the park, keep an eye on him or her and correct him or her at the first sign of aggression.
While you can never truly prevent bad behavior displayed by other dogs, you can always remove your dog from the park when you feel another dog is showing aggression toward him or her. It is better to be safe than sorry and just reschedule your visit to the park at another time when only friendly dogs are present.
Another simple way to help improve interaction with your dog and other dogs is to have your dog spayed or neutered before you begin visiting dog parks. Dogs who have been fixed are generally less territorial and tend to get along better with each other.

Weather Concerns

Another possible problem that can be prevented is overheating and dehydration when taking your dog to the park on hot days. The best way to prevent overheating is to avoid taking your dog during “prime sun hours,” which are typically between 10 am and 3 pm.
If a scheduled dog park day is predicted to be hot all day long, then you may want to even skip the visit entirely.
Always bring plenty of water to the park for you and your dog, even if there are usually water fountains present. You never know when one will be out of service.
Some parks can become muddy when it rains, so on rainy days, you risk bringing home a wet, muddy dog. There is an easy solution to this problem though, and it is taking your dog straight to the bathtub when he or she gets home for a good, thorough bath!