Good Dog Etiquette At Park, Beach And Camping
Taking your dog out away from home requires a certain amount of dog etiquette, and each different place carries some different rules that should be followed in order to get along nicely with the other dogs and their owners.
Let's go over a few of the responsibilities of taking your pet to a dog park, camping, or the beach.
First, let's take a look at the needed etiquette for dog parks.
There are dog parks set up throughout the United States where pet owners can bring their dogs and have a happy, interactive time playing with the dog while he's off leash.
Even though this is a dog park, if your dog is aggressive, growls at, or bothers other dogs, they will not be welcome at your local dog park.
Your dog must be sufficiently trained to quickly follow your commands regardless of other people or other dogs in the area, and you're still responsible for any injuries to others or their pets.
If you own multiple dogs, and want to bring them to the park, you'll need to understand how much you can control all at one time.
If you happen to be a dog foster care provider, with multiple animals, you may have to make several different trips in order to get them all properly exercised and still obey the rules of etiquette at your local pet park.
All the while, it's important to maintain a good eye on the weather, and be able to find adequate water to prevent any kind of dehydration.
And as always, you must have adequate bags in order to take care of all of the dog's poop properly.
It's important to keep the dog park clean for any other dogs and people as well.
If you're planning on taking your dog to the beach, there will be a different set of dog beach etiquette rules that are required there.
Not all beaches allow dogs to run off leash, you'll need to double check the rules any place you go.
You must also be aware that the beach has its own hazards, such as dead birds, dead sea life, and live animals, that can be dangerous to your dog.
A dog should never be left unattended at the beach because of the special dangers that could be found there.
Particularly important is whether or not your dog knows how to swim, and if not, he should be wearing a doggie swim vest.
Additionally, in many parts of the country the ocean water is icy cold.
Even if your dog can normally swim in other types of water, the ocean may be too cold and cause hypothermia, so be careful.
And finally, if you plan on taking your best friend camping with you, the camping dog etiquette can be slightly different than other rules.
Many camping sites are very strict about dogs being on a leash at all times.
There are other campsites close, with food out on picnic tables ready to eat, fish ready to be cleaned, and tents with small children's in them.
It could be incredibly inconsiderate to allow a dog to roam in situations such as these, he must be incredibly well mannered, and obey every command as well.
The dog owner must also be highly alert to any problems that might arise.
As you can see, taking your dog to places such as the park, beach, or camping can be a rewarding experience for you and your dog.
However there certain rules that need to be followed in order to not be evicted by the park ranger for being a nuisance.