Dog Park Etiquette- dogpark.com
For most dog owners, going to the dog park is a fun way to let your dog get exercise while socializing with other dogs. In order to keep the dog park fun for all visitors, we all need to be mindful of proper dog park etiquette when we visit.
Once you and your dog get to the dog park, it may be tempting to just stand back and watch all the activity while your dog runs around. Everybody will have a much more rewarding time if you observe some basic etiquette for visiting a dog park. Many of the suggestions below are more common sense than anything, but they should be heeded.
These may not be official dog park rules, but following this etiquette will make the dog park / dog run a better place for all who visit.
- Never leave your dog unattended and always keep your attention on your dog.
- Phone calls, emails, and iPhone games or apps should be kept to a minimum so your focus can always remain on your dog.
- Always clean up after your dog. Most parks have poopbags or scoopers, so use them. This is a primary reason that dog parks get complaints, so pay attention and pick up the poop.
- If you see trash, debris, or anything else that’s out of place, pick it up or put it back so none of the dogs get injured.
- Make sure your dog is current on her shots and has a valid license.
- Don’t bring dogs younger than 4 months to a dog park. They won’t have had all the necessary inoculations that allow them to play safely with other animals.
- Don’t bring a female dog in season if not spayed.
- Before coming to the dog park, as your veterinarian if your dog is healthy enough to play.
- Spayed/neutered animals are recommended.
- Don’t bring more than two dogs. It subjects parks to overuse, and if they’re not your dogs, you may not have full control over them. It’s hard enough for many people to watch one dog!
- Keep your dog on-leash until you get to the off-leash area. This is not just respectful to other park users, it’s much safer for your dog.
- Close all doors to the dog park or dog run after entering or exiting.
- If your dog becomes unruly or plays rough, leash him and leave immediately.
- If you must bring children to a dog park, supervise them closely.
- Don’t smoke or eat while at the dog park. Cigarette butts and food wrappers are tempting treats to dogs, but bad for them.
- Don’t scold or touch someone else’s dog. You wouldn’t want them to do that to your dog.
- If it seems like a group of dogs are bullying another dog, make sure your dog isn’t participating and encourage other owners to do the same.
- Be friendly with other dog owners. It’s more enjoyable if everyone is nice to each other.
- Always observe all of the rules posted at your local dog park. Each town has its own set of regulations: please follow them.
Featured Dog Lily
Lily is a wonderful girl who will need a home where she can get plenty of exercise. She loves to play with toys, knows basic commands and does well on a leash. She gets along with other dogs although we do suggest she gets to meet them before she goes to a home.
Other available dogs
Peanut – Senior dog Border Collie/Beagle Prefers women to men. Likes being with his person.
Molly- Pit bull terrier. Friendly and loves being with people. Knows sit and doing well on leash training.
Bowser- American Bulldog/Pit bull terrier. Smaller in size but strong. High secure fenced yard is needed for this boy.
Shadow- Border/Aussie Does not like being alone. Housetrained, smart boy wants to please.
Layla-golden retriever blend. Friendly likes people but needs to be the only dog in the home. She is not a dog to take to the dog park so would need to have a yard where che can get plenty of exercise.
Huey- heeler blend. Very friendly and intelligent. He wants to please. High energy. This is not an apartment dog and he needs a high secure fence.
Dot- Chihuahua Young dog. Very friendly and loveable. Likes to be with people
Buster- Senior dog Black Labrador wonderful friendly, Knows sit , does well on a leash, and plays with toys. In need of a diet and exercise program he would be a great wellness partner for you.
Featured Cat (s) The Siamese cats come to Mesquite Shelter
Sophie- Snowshoe Siamese. Beautiful cat with brilliant blue eyes. She is friendly and loves being petted. She is shy at first but warms up quickly. Needs introduced to other cats in the home.
Rose-Seal point Siamese. Rose came to shelter with 4 babies. She gave her all to raising her babies and it is time for her to get a chance at a loving home. She is friendly and loves attention. She needs to gain some weight.
Other available cats
Meg – Calico Friendly. Plays with toys. Very laid back. Loves being brushed
Jasmine –Tortoiseshell Calm lady. Likes sitting with you and being petted. Quiet home
Paris -She likes being where she can watch everyone and what is going on around her. Not a lap cat. Special diet
Izzy- She is shy but loves attention and playing with toys.
Casey- 5 month old female kitten. Swirl tabby markings with white feet. Very friendly and playful.
We will have some kittens available for adoption soon. If you are interested in a kitten- Please check with the shelter.
The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter located at 795 Hardy Way is open for adoptions from 8:00 am until 4 pm Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), Saturday 11am-1pm , Sunday 1pm -3pm. Please call – Animal Control may be reached by phone or voicemail at 702-346-5268
All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1 year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximate.
The animals submitted to the media may have changed so please visit our Petfinder website for a current listing and more detailed information on the animals. www.mesquiteanimalshelter.petfinder.com
Please also check our Facebook pages for lost and found animals along with pet information. https://www.facebook.com/MesquiteNVAnimalControl and https://www.facebook.com/FRIENDSOFMESQUITENVANIMALSHELTER