GET TO KNOW DOG PARK RULES
I’m sure we all agree, the Gold Coast has the best off-leash dog exercise areas.
For many pet owners, it’s the perfect excuse to exercise their dog in a fun and social environment, bonding with their pet and getting a dose of fresh air in the process. Your doggy can zoom around offleash, investigate new smells, wrestle with other dog buddies and fetch balls.
As well as honing their social skills, the physical and mental exercise is incredibly beneficial.
Before domestication, dogs would lead super busy lives.
Their days would be full of hunting, scavenging, avoiding predators and social interaction.
On the other hand, most pet dogs spend the majority of their time alone, sleeping and eating pre-prepared food.
It’s understandable then that many pooches become bored and destructive – digging holes and chewing furniture.
If you’re a dog park regular, you’ve probably already worked out the unwritten laws of dog park etiquette. Newbies on the scene need to be aware of the rules.
In the first instance, I would highly recommend that you visit these areas without your pooch.
Do your research – observe the culture and practices, then arrange to take your dog to the park during non-peak times.
This will allow both of you to acquaint yourselves with the environment without the stress and distraction of multiple dogs.
Only take well-socialised, confident, healthy and vaccinated dogs and ensure that they respond to basic commands such as “come” and “sit”.
Always take poo-bags and pick up after your dog.
Don’t take your dog if they are unwell, extremely shy, suffer from anxiety, are aggressive, or not completely vaccinated. To avoid unwanted sexual behaviour, be sure to de-sex your pet.
Since there’s rarely an authority figure to consult at a dog park, disagreements can get heated and result in human behaviour problems. Just understand that all dogs behave differently (much like children).
Keep your cool and leave the park if you’re concerned about your safety or that of your dog.
To find an off-leash dog exercise area near you, visit the Gold Coast City Council website. Happy exercising!