Read these dog park safety tips before you head out.
After some time of self-isolation and lockdown, you and your pup have created a stronger bond. Except for daily walks and cuddles over your latest streaming addictions, its time to reenter the public sector. This also includes taking your dog to the dog park for some playing and a little socialization. While you both my have loved the quality time together, it has come time for both of you to roam free at the local dog park. With the economy reopening, there are still some guidelines for you to follow. Your puppy companion may not get sick of COVID-19, but you still can. Your best friend needs you to stay healthy.
Be Sure to Follow Proper Government Regulations
Many locales have reopened parts and other areas for recreational use. Before you hit the ground running and head to the nearest doggie hot spot, make sure you are taking precautions for the health of you and your canine companion. The CDC has made a few recommendations:
- Practice social distancing by staying at least six feet away from others.
- Try your best to avoid crowded areas, as this makes social distancing challenging.
- Bring your hand sanitizer.
- Wear your mask. This will help lower your chances of getting the coronavirus, and it may also help with allergies.
- Do your best to keep your dog from interacting with those who aren’t part of your household or other dogs. This is honestly going to be the hard part as many dogs are social creatures and other humans mean more pets, treats, and even a belly rub.
- If you feel sick or have come into contact with someone who is ill, it is best to stay home.
Integrate Back into Public Slowly
While this may seem like an odd thing to do, if you or your dog aren’t used to lots of activity, then its best to start slow. Going to fast right away can cause injuries due to inconsistent exercise. Start at home with different ways to exercise. This can be walks around your neighborhood, playing fetch, and even mental stimulation by adding a training regimen to your dog’s life.
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Use the Right Products for Your Dog
Dogs tend to invade personal space and other things. Bring your own water bottle for you and your dog. This will help any germ sharing. Stock up on waste bags to clean up after your dog and have the proper leash and harness to help keep your pup by your side. While at the park, your dog may want to roam free and play with the other dogs, so be prepared for this behavior. Also, according to Blue Pearl Pet Hospital, these tips can help keep your pets safe, health, and happy:
- Have an emergency kit on hand for your dog.
- Assign a family member as a pet sitter in case you get sick or need extra support.
- Skip the dog park if its too crowded.
- Take your dog’s mental health seriously. They still need attention and mental stimulation.
While you and your canine best friend weather the COVID-19 crisis, following some simple guidelines will help keep you both safe and healthy. Though the chances of your pup getting the coronavirus are slim to none, you can still get it. Your dogs need their human, and taking care of yourself will make sure you and your dog can spend a long time together.
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