Avoiding Dog Park Dangers

Avoiding Dog Park DangersEvery mindful pet owner has likely had at least one bad experience at the dog park. While there are well-behaved, social dogs, there are some red flags to beware of when taking your pooch to the park. From aggressive behavior to overzealous children, there’s no shortage of opportunity for your dog to potentially react negatively. To be safe, secure your dog with a Canine Liability policy.

Sick dogs.

If a dog isn’t feeling well, there are plenty of symptoms that will prove it. Be especially careful of dog droppings around the park if you notice a dog isn’t feeling well to prevent infecting your pooch. Furthermore, ensure he is vaccinated before bringing him around that many dogs at once.

Prevent injuries.

While running full force is a great way to exert energy and exercise, doing so exposes your dog to potential injuries. Before throwing the ball or Frisbee, check to make sure there are no potholes, no cracks he can trip on, and no sharp objects are laying around.

Beware of aggressive dogs.

Not everyone is a thoughtful owner. Unfortunately, many believe the dogs will manage the situation if there’s an issue. However, this leaves plenty of room for injury and fights among aggressive dogs. The Doggington Post recommends that if you suspect another dog at the park is aggressive, it may be in your best interest to leave and try again later after they’re gone. Likewise, if your own dog doesn’t always play well with others, it’s best to bring him when the park is empty.

The risks of interacting with small children.

Be sure that any small children who approach your dog don’t make him feel uncomfortable or threatened. If you sense any sort of tension, remove the child immediately. Always keep an eye out for your surroundings to ensure your dog is comfortable and not at risk for reacting defensively or negatively.

There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches or causing them to fall. Injuries to other animals are also included. Please contact us today for more information at (855) 534-6495.

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