The park is a great place for kids to be free and let their energy out. Some dogs enjoy being around this type of activity while others do not. Recognizing your dog's signals and sensitivities can help you, your dog and others at the park have a successful visit.
Here are things to consider:
1. Does your dog greet new people with a relaxed wag and eager approach?
2. Does your dog listen and follow your directions?
3. Has your dog been around lots of active children before? (if not then introduce this type of situation with short successful visits and gradually extend the time and interaction....go slow!)
4. Will your children need your "hands on" supervision? If so how will you handle this?
1. Is it a GORGROUS day and the park will be crowded?
2. Are your children independent enough that you will be able to supervise your dog as unfamiliar children approach and want to engage?
5. What if your child is hurt and needs your full attention? What is the plan then?
I encourage families to include their dogs in everyday activities as much as possible. Visits to the park, vacation trips and car rides are fun to share. It is essential that we set ourselves and our dogs up for success while enjoying these outings. We can not control the actions or responses of others. It is our responsibility to monitor and respond to the reactions and signals our dogs are offering while in these stimulating situations and engaging with many different children. To learn more about subtle body language and signals visit www.doggonesafe.com