Taking Your Dog to Dog Parks – Do’s and Don’ts

Dogs are our true best friends and just like us they too like to socialize and have a good time outdoors. But, with increasingly crowded cities, it can be difficult to find open, green spaces where they can romp gleefully with their other human and furry friends.

Fortunately, we live in beautiful San Diego, California and there are so many amazing outdoor play opportunities, from hiking trails to beach paths to dog parks that have been designed with your dog’s recreation in mind.

Dog parks can be a wonderful option for many dogs. Dog parks are not for everyone, though. In fact, dog parks can sometimes attract irresponsible owners who let their misbehaved dogs interact and possibly fight with your dog. So you should observe the other dogs’ behaviors before entering and be ready to exit if an unruly dog enters.

In many cases, dog parks are a  fun place to socialize your canine kid, but there are certain said and unsaid rules to follow. Let’s take a look.

good dog trainingMake Sure Your Dog Is Properly Vaccinated and Has Tick and Flea Prevention

Most dogs love dog parks as they get to play to their heart’s content but they can catch numerous diseases and parasites when they are out and about. Therefore, to be on the safer side, it’s always good to vaccinate your dog against common contagious diseases, like distemper and parvovirus before going to a dog park. Puppies especially shouldn’t be around adult dogs until they’re fully vaccinated. As a general rule, puppies should not be taken to dog parks until they’re at least 17 weeks old as their immunity is still underdeveloped by that age.

Also, make sure your dog has tick and flea prevention because dogs ‘will’ interact with other dogs no matter how hard you try to stop them.

Start Training Early

Although dog parks are places where dogs can have uninhibited fun, they should still know their boundaries. Your dog should see you as the pack leader all the time and should obey you even in the presence of his canine friends. This will be very helpful in avoiding dog fights and other unpleasant behaviors, like lunging at other dogs and people, butt sniffing and more.

Exercise Your Dog Beforehand

A hyper dog can be very difficult to handle. An over-excited dog can cause other dogs to feel threatened as well. So, exercise your dog well before taking him/her to a dog park, so that you are in full control.

Let Your Dog Off-Leash Only in Designated Enclosed Areas

Your dog should never be off-leash until he is in a designated off-leash area. This will not just keep him safe but will also prevent altercations with other pet parents.

Always be Attentive

While you may be tempted to indulge in conversations with other pet parents or check your Smartphone while your dog is having fun, it is more important to focus on your canine while at a dog park. You should know where your furry friend is and what he’s doing. This will help you avert unpleasant events and make the dog park experience safe and happy for your pooch.

Never Take a Female Dog in Heat

If you have a female dog in heat, avoid taking her to a dog park as this could cause conflict between other dogs and even unintentional mating.

Don’t Get in the Middle of a Dog Fight

A calm and well exercised dog might never get involved in a dog fight but sometimes dog fights just happen. Here’s what you should in case of a dog fight:

  • Never get in the middle; you may get unintentionally bitten.
  • Try to squirt them with a hose or a water pistol.
  • Try to distract them but never grab your dog by his collar.

Scoop the Poop

Dogs poop can be a source of many harmful parasites and microbes. So to avoid polluting the dog park, always clean up after your pet and encourage others to do so too. A clean, healthy environment is the key to keeping your pooch healthy and happy all the time.

Last but not the least, to end your dog’s day on a happy note pamper him with his favorite treats so that your dog forms a positive association with dog parks.

As always, if you need top-notch training, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’ve trained over 10,000 dogs! 877-BAD-DOGS

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Author Bio

I am Anoop Nain, proud father of four rescued dogs and two Flemish giant rabbits. Besides being a full-time dog father, I am a freelance content writer and an educationist, with more than 6 years experience in the field of content writing. In the span of six years, I wrote for various industries but one project that remains closest to my heart is my stint with People for Animals as their social media page manager. It was while working with them I got an opportunity to educate people on animal rights, pet healthcare, animal welfare and various other issues pertaining to animals.

I have been independently rescuing and rehabilitating injured/orphaned street dogs since my college days and have been actively associated with animal rescue organizations in my city.

I strongly believe that people should always think of adoption first if they are planning to bring home a new pet. It not just saves money but also saves many street and shelter animals from dying an agonizing death without proper food, shelter and healthcare.

Being an educationist, I believe in leading by example so I myself have adopted 4 dogs from streets.  I brought my first pet, Olive home when I found her in a very bad state sitting next to her dead mother. The initial days were tough for both of us but gradually she blossomed into a wonderful dog. My second one, Auro came to us when he was just 2 months old. It was Diwali night and some obnoxious kids were trying to tie crackers to this already terrified pupper’s tail. I had to sneak him inside my house that night as my dad would not have liked the idea of another pet. But, destiny had some awesome plans for both me and Auro and he was welcomed in our family by my dad, albeit after initial reluctance. The other two of my clan, Astro and Jordan were rescued by me when they were really young. They were hit by vehicles and had to undergo surgery. I thought, I would put them up for adoption once they recover from their injuries but sadly (or fortunately) no one turned up. So, we decided to keep them too. It’s 2018, all my puppers are grown up now but each day with them is a new learning experience for me. I know so much about pets (dogs and rabbits in particular) now that people come to me for suggestions and tips. This sums up my love for animals in 400 words. But there’s still a lot more to discuss. So, let’s connect. Feel free to contact me.


Five Ways to Help Your Dog Maintain a Happy Home Environment

Dogs and messes can seem to go hand in hand. Despite this fact of life, there are ways we can prevent the worst of them to keep our homes clean and pleasant. Check out the following five tips to help keep your beloved canine from making a mess at home.

First Rule of Thumb: Good Training

A well-trained dog is less likely to go about destroying your home. It’s best to focus on obedience and behavioral training when your canine is a puppy. But if you have recently adopted an older dog, it’s never too late to begin. Behavioral training is the most basic training. Obedience training is a close second and this training will help your pup learn how to live with humans. If your dog has mastered these, look at something called boundary training. This could help your furball to learn to control his or her impulses and to listen to us at all times, no matter the temptation.

Have Adequate Cleaning Supplies

Not all messes are going to be your pup’s fault. Sometimes they happen because of unfortunate circumstances. You can prevent accidents from occurring again (and give yourself peace of mind) by having the right cleaning supplies on hand to ensure you clean up the mess promptly. For potty incidents, have a good enzymatic cleaning solution on hand, which will help with removing smells to prevent your dog from associating the carpet with their bathroom breaks. For issues like fur, have a pet-friendly handheld vacuum cleaner to get into every crevice of your home, including your sofa and under the bed. To keep fur from accumulating in the first place, groom regularly and brush frequently between appointments.

Cannot Overstate this One: Take Walks Consistently

While every breed requires something different, they all need to be walked at least twice a day, and not only to use the bathroom. The reason is simple: A bored, under-stimulated dog is a destructive dog. Again, this isn’t your pet’s fault; instead, it’s a way to entertain themselves as well as get attention or release pent-up nervous energy. If you can’t go for walks yourself, try to have a family member or dog walker give your canine essential exposure to the outside world. Your carpet, backyard, and pillows will thank you.

Invest in Well-Made Enrichment Toys

Similarly, your dog thrives on stimulation and activity. Think about their position, as they may be left at home alone for hours at a time. If you were trapped at home with no entertainment, wouldn’t you become frustrated? This is where enrichment toys can come into play, in a manner of speaking. To discourage your furball from destroying furniture, get him or her a toy or snack that they can chew while you’re gone. When you’re home, make sure you’re engaging with them in some quality play time. After all, a tired dog is less liable to cause a disaster.

Offer Positive Reinforcement

When our pups do something particularly naughty or extra messy, we can be tempted to punish them to prevent the behavior from being repeated. This rarely works, and instead, it teaches our furry friends that they cannot trust us, which may increase negative behavior. Therefore, even when your patience is tested, stick to positive reinforcement. Usually, that involves giving your pooch a snack when they do something good, like get off the couch, or go to their own bed without prompting. So, the next time your dog has an accident on the carpet, instead of shoving their nose in it and telling them they’re bad, wait until they go outside, and then reward that behavior. This way, they associate the act of going outdoors with something nice.

Everyone, including our pets, deserves a happy home environment. That means doing all we can to ensure our houses don’t suffer from messes when we can avoid it. Of course, be patient when they do, but with some effort and preparation, you can avoid jumbles to come.

As always, if you are looking for the best training for your dog, consider an evaluation of your canine here at Pro-Train Innovative Dog Training. We offer a lifetime guarantee on all dogs trained through our programs.


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Why Consider Dog Obedience Training Temecula

Yes, it is understandable that because we love our dear canine so much, we find it difficult sometimes to make decisions that would entail our temporary separation from them (shall we call it a separation anxiety?) This anxiousness is what holding people back about whether or not to consider a dog obedience training Temecula. But soon after they realize that its benefits far outweigh the cons (particularly if they have a bit stubborn dog), they choose to let go – they send their dog to a training facility.

If you are one of those individuals who are having a second thought about dog obedience training Temecula, here are some of its benefits that might convince you to go for it.

The training is done by professionals. One of the reasons why you should be sending your dog to a training facility is that it will undergo training that is done by professionals. Pro-Train, for instance, is run by top-notch dog trainers whose industry experience stretch in decades. You’d be surprised at how your dear canine will have improved after sending to a dog obedience training facility.

The program is tailored to your dog’s specific needs. Contrary to popular belief, you do not just send your dog to train and that is it. The truth is, it will undergo an initial assessment first, The trainer will examine your dog so that the training and skills enhancement given to it is tailored to its unique requirement.

Also, it is important to point out that the owner should be an active participant in the training process.

An opportunity for your dog to become more social. This is another benefit of sending your dog to a new environment. It provides an opportunity for it to become more social as it engages with other dogs and people within the training facility. Many cases of aggressive dogs have become more gentle after undergoing obedience training programs.

Learn skills that you never thought they could accomplish. You will be surprised that your dog will have learned more skills and tricks that are way beyond the typical obedience skills. Again, this can be attributed, mainly, to the level of professionalism and skills of the trainer. Therefore, train your dog at the most qualified training facility in Temecula.

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First Aid for Your Dog: A Travel Must-Have

Who’s up for a summer road trip with Fido?

More and more Americans are making their travel plans with their beloved canines. Big or small. Young or old. It’s imperative that you plan your trips properly. Other than food and water accessibility, one of the main supplies you should travel with is a well-stocked First-Aid Kit.  Here are some great tips on prepping for your canine adventure from our friends at Happy Tails Tours.

Know Your Dog’s Health Status

First, make sure your dog is in good health, especially for air travel or any extended journeys. If your dog is on any kind of medication, make sure to bring enough. If you are going on an extended journey, talk to your vet before departure to find out if you can get prescriptions that you can fill along the way with other vets. Most veterinarians are super accommodating and will fill a prescription from another vet…just call and ask.

Don’t claim “the dog ate it”. Do your own research and be thorough.

Have Good Paperwork on Vaccinations

It cannot be overstated. Make sure your beloved canine’s vaccinations and immunizations are up to date. Make sure flea and tick and heart-worm treatments are current. Carry copies of the paperwork with you in some form. You can scan or take a photo on your mobile device and store in a cloud so they’re always accessible for any emergency…including if you need to kennel your dog, fly with your dog or if you have an actual veterinary emergency. Get any necessary paperwork for flying or international border crossings in advance and check the rules thoroughly.

Be prepared with a Dog Aid Kit.

Stocking the First-Aid Kit

You can use a first-aid kit that works for both humans and dogs, but there are a few things that are specific for dogs. For example, you can’t give a dog standard, over-the-counter pain medicine such as Advil or Aleve. They can be deadly. So make sure you have the painkillers specific to your canine. To facilitate giving meds, it’s a good idea to carry an adjustable muzzle and enough ace bandage to physically, but gently restrain your dogs legs or any part of its body if necessary.

A Way to Calm Fido

It’s also good to carry something to calm your canine, such as Bach’s Rescue Remedy or a dog specific herbal or flower oil for calming. There is a version of Bach’s without alcohol that you can spray in their mouth or use the regular version on their ears and the pads of their feet. Another great calming tool is a compression shirt. One version that is commonly known is called a Thunder Shirt. It doesn’t work the same for all dogs and for some it doesn’t work at all, but when it works it’s amazing. A simpler solution with regards to storage space is to do a Tellington Touch body wrap using an ace bandage.

One thing is for sure. Traveling with your dog is not just a passing fad. It’s a great way to approach your Summer and Fall Road Trips. Start planning now as Summer is coming…or better yet, jump in for a weekend trip during Spring Break. Starting with a short trip with Fido may help you overcome any fear or anxiety about longer journeys.

The team at Pro-Train Innovative Dog Training is always here to help. And, we’re super excited to partner up with the husband and wife duo who own and operate Happy Tails Canine Adventures. They have great adventure trips planned with other like-minded, canine-adoring folks. Check them out and let us know what you think.

Happy Trails…

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