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With the spring season at our toes, we are all itching to get out and enjoy the warmer weather. There are a number of dog parks in Frederick, MD and they are a great way to exercise your dog. Dog parks can stimulate your dog both physically and mentally, while providing opportunities for socialization with other dogs and people. As with any social event, there are unwritten rules. Learn ways to make sure you and your dog are “playing” them right.
|Ballenger Creek water fountain sponsored by KAH.|
As fun as dog parks can be, there can be health risks associated with a high turn-over of dogs frequenting one location. Some health risks include kennel cough, fleas/ticks, and intestinal parasites, to name a few. To be sure your dog is protected against these risks, have your dog seen for regular veterinary visits, vaccinate against kennel cough (Bordetella), use a veterinary approved flea/tick preventative, and pick up your dogs’ feces. The chances of your dog being affected by these risks are greatly reduced if the proper preventatives are taken.
|Rocket says “It is very important to hydrate during play.”|
Social interactions take place continuously at dog parks and teaching your dog how to interact is the key to happy interactions with other dog’s and people. First, know your dog’s temperament, if you know that your dog does not get along with other dogs’; then a dog park may not be the best place for your dog. Train your dog to “come” on command. If your dog is annoying someone or another dog, a verbal command can intervene and prevent a potential problem. If your dog is causing a problem, remove him from the dog park. Keep attention on your dog at all times while visiting the dog park, this will help to negate any negative social interactions or fights.