ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Doggy Park Protocol

Updated on June 15, 2011

It’s Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon. You are not working and, rather than attend to those chores, you decide to take your favourite dog to the doggy park. Doggy parks are springing up all over North America. Whether it is a big city or a small one, many communities now set aside spaces where dogs can be well dogs. There are leash free doggy parks, lake-side doggy parks, doggy parks with trails and mixed use doggy parks. If you wish to avoid any hassles, it is essential you understand the rules.

Some of the regulations are simple. They are common for all dog and human parks everywhere. The most basic rules are these:

1. Clean up after your dog. No one wants to step in doggy doo. I know it is biodegradable and less harmful to the earth than urine, but most people do not want it in their car.

2. Keep your dog under control. Nothing is worse than one dog spoiling it for all the others by harassing every living being and the toys of the living beings.

3. If your dog is not able to “play nice” with other dogs, do not let it off the leash

Always check to see the rules of the park. Some post them online. Others have a sign indicating what type of park as well as the rules at the entrance and throughout the area. Check and see what other doggy park patrons are doing. Be sure to follow the examples of the good dog owners and not those who are obviously unable to be in control of their own lives let alone their dog’s.

Overall, consider the following as being essential to doggy park etiquette:

· If you bring your dog’s favourite toy, be prepared to lose it to another dog. If your dog cannot share leave the toy at home.

· The same applies to balls. These can encourage social interaction or cause trouble.

· Small children. Some trainers caution against bringing small children. The rough housing of some dogs can cause the wee folk to fall. They see this as detrimental. If your child can handle it and you know when to pick the child up and/or put it in his or her stroller, then go ahead.

· Behaviour of small children. Some children yell and run, inciting dogs to chase them – or so some behaviourist theories go. If your child has a dog and the other owners are responsible and you act responsibly, bring it on.

· Puppies can find doggy parks overwhelming. Yet, this is a great way for them to learn about social and group behaviour. They can be stepped on and run over by larger dogs, but they usually pick themselves up and get back on track.

· Small dogs, as in miniscule creatures, may have to be supervised in a doggy park with care. Do not let them get in the way of the larger dogs if they cannot handle it.

· Never bring a dog who is in heat. It may cause problems in the park among any unfixed dogs.

· Try not to correct the behaviour of other people’s dogs. It does not mean you cannot voice an opinion, politely. It also means you do not have to put up with the bad behaviour of the owners itself. Never condone cruelty to an animal. This may mean holding your tongue, finding out who they are and calling the humane society on them later or from the doggy park.

Doggy parks differ around the world. The individuals who come there regularly often set the basic protocol. Try to follow the rules and learn from the examples good dogs and great dog owners set. And always remember – Doggy Parks are places where your dog can have socialize, mingle with the different varieties that make up the dog world and, above all, have FUN.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Opheliac1987 profile image


      7 years ago from Illinois

      Well said! We're still working on our dog not barking at some dogs. We're not sure what it is that makes her bark at one dog but not the next.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)