Dog Park Etiquette

Rules of dog-park etiquette and deportment for dogs and their handlers.

By Pat Miller, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA

[Updated January 16, 2018] Courtesy of Whole Dog Journal

Depending on who you talk to, dog parks are either the greatest invention since microwave ovens or the devil incarnate – either the perfect place to exercise and socialize your dog, or the best environment in which to traumatize your dog, make him dog-reactive, and perhaps get him killed. We’re told that perception is reality, but these two perceptions are worlds apart. Which one