Dog fights in dog parks are very common. I have seen many personally. On rare occasions, dogs have even been killed in dog parks.
There are many ways to prevent or lessen the odds of a dog fight. Today, I’ll outline one of the simplest ways.
What I am going to write will sound counter intuitive to many dog owners. Yet, it is a simple trick that has been shown to work.
Let me start out by saying that many people bring their dogs to the dog park for the wrong reason. They bring their dogs to the dog park for exercise. This is a bad idea.
Dog parks should be used for socialization not exercise. For example, many people will throw a ball in the dog park. They do this so that there dog will run after the ball and get exercise.
I never bring toys into the dog park. I don’t even go in if I see someone with a toy. Fighting over toys is one of the most common issues in any dog park.
However, avoiding toys is not what this article is about. This article is about exercising your dog before they enter the dog park.
As I stated earlier, this will sound counter intuitive to many dog owners. I wouldn’t have believe it myself if someone had told me this a few years ago.
However, my experience has taught me a new way to look at things. I have personally seen and broke up dozens of dog fights.
Dog fights are very dangerous. Often, many dogs will get involved and sometimes humans get bit too.
A tired dog is generally a good dog. A common scenario goes like this. A person works all day while their dog is home alone.
When the owner comes back, they feel bad and take the dog to the dog park. There is nothing wrong with that but they should go for a long walk first.
The average dog needs a 1 hour walk before entering a dog park. A high energy dog may need a 45 jog before entering the dog park.
Bringing a high energy dog that has not been exercised first can cause a bring problem. That dog may be the aggressor. Or, that dog might agitate another dog.
Imagine if every owner brought their dogs in tired. I don’t mean that every dog should go into a dog park in order to take a nap. That would be silly.
Tired does not me exhausted. They still need enough energy to play and socialize. However, they shouldn’t have too much energy. This is what often leads to dog fights.
There are other reasons for dog fights. It can not solely be blamed on not exercising the dog. But, exercising the dog first will reduce the chances of a dog fight.
It allows them to sniff, play in a less rough manner and generally be less anxious.
Don’t believe me. I don’t want you to believe me. I want you to experience this yourself.
Jog with your dog for about 30 minutes before going into the dog park. Experience the difference in you own dog’s behavior.
Keep in mind, dog’s are often meeting new dogs in the dog park. They don’t know each other. Bringing them in calm is a safe way to introduce them to each other.
I’m not saying that this will prevent all dog fights. There are many factors that can lead to dog fights. With that being said, exercising them first is one way to reduce the chances of a dog fight from happening.
Thanks for reading and enjoy the dog park!