Dog Park Do’s and Don’ts

Spring is officially here! As the weather warms up many people will be headed to local dog parks to enjoy some fresh air with their canine pals. When taking your dog to the park, always be sure to put safety first. Read on for some great dog park do’s and don’ts from a Livonia, MI vet.


Most parks require dogs to be wearing ID tags, and with good reason. If Fido runs off, proper ID could be the only think linking you to your four-legged friend! Microchipping is also important. If your pooch hasn’t been chipped yet, we recommend that you get this done as soon as possible. If your furry pal is microchipped, make sure that his records are up to date in the manufacturer’s database.

Preventative Care

Make sure that your canine companion is up to date with his parasite control products. Fido could pick up fleas, ticks, or even heartworm at the doggy park. Vaccinations are also crucial. Ask your vet for more information.

Vetting Fido’s Playmates

If you take your pooch to a park with a fenced, off-leash area, spend a few minutes observing the dogs that are already there before you let your canine buddy go. If you notice any dogs that are acting aggressive or bullying other dogs, it may be best to just take your furry friend for a long walk, and try again another day.

Doggy Treat Protocol

We all want to make our pets happy. Going to the park and getting a special treat will definitely please your canine friend! However, be very careful when offering your pup treats in the presence of other dogs. You may soon find yourself mobbed by Fido’s pals! This rule also applies to you: it may sound like a good idea to bring your lunch or a snack and sit at a bench while your dog is eating, but if you do, you may soon find yourself with several furry, four-legged dinner guests!


Many parks offer fountains for dogs. We still recommend that you bring water for Fido, though, just in case they aren’t working.


Be courteous! Always follow park rules. Remember to pick up after Fido, and keep a close eye on your pup.

Do you have questions or concerns about your dog? Contact us! As your Livonia, MI animal clinic, we are here to help!

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