|Hey! That's my Frisbee!|
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.
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.
|Ballenger Creek water fountain sponsored by KAH.|
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.
|Rocket says "It is very important to hydrate during play."|
We want you to make the most of your time with your furry family member. Take the time to get out, socialize, and have fun!! Have a “drink” on Kingsbrook Animal Hospital while at the Ballenger Creek dog park…maybe we will see you there.