The topic of dog parks can be controversial. There is no one-size-fits-all answer to whether or not you should take your dog to a dog park. The most critical thing to know and to acknowledge is that the decision to go to a dog park comes with some unavoidable risk factors. The following are some important safety precautions to consider before going to a dog park, and to keep in mind if you do decide to go to a dog park.
In the future I will follow up with an article that will focus specifically on dog parks and high prey drive dogs. For those of you who don’t share your lives with such dogs — that info will be equally valuable — as you are bound to encounter a few of these wild dogs.
Emma Kesler, CDBC, CPDT-KA is a terrier behavior specialist who has been conducting live online sessions and behavior consultations for nearly a decade. Emma shares her life with her Welsh Terrier, Miles. When Miles was young he was deemed "impossible to train" by a veterinarian and several trainers, who recommended resorting to old punishment-based methods. The quest to figure out how to work terriers in new and different ways became Emma's passion. Miles is Emma's trusted copilot, has set many performance records for terriers, and best of all, helps Emma coach others on how to share absolutely wonderful lives with their terriers.
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