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Do’s and Don’ts of the Dog Park

  • October 1, 2012
  • 4:02 pm

Dog Bite Dangers:

1. Regardless of whether your dog was the bitten or the biter, you and the other dog guardian are equally responsible for the incident. Stay calm, mature, and rational–dogs are very adept at reading your body language. Your dog will take his cues from you, so don’t get riled up.

2. Separate the dogs immediately to prevent further harm.

3. Check to make sure there are no puncture wounds. If there are, get the injured dog(s) to the vet immediately–those wounds can easily become infected if not treated right away.

4. Exchange contact information with the other dog guardian.

5. Collect contact information from witnesses who saw the incident take place.

6. Know the laws. In some states the guardian of a dog who bites a person may be held liable for civil damages. For more information, visit


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5:16AM PDT on Oct 15, 2012

Excellent article; many mediocre dog owners should follow these tips.

Pamela H: "All dogs should be desexed. Ban backyard breeders."

All people should be desexed. Ban those who have children.

Um, 3 children. So dog overpopulation is bad but human overpopulation is fine?

How are backyard breeders related to this dogs-at-the-park article? Please enlighten us.

7:57AM PDT on Oct 7, 2012

thanks for sharing :)

6:13PM PDT on Oct 2, 2012

To be honest, I like most dogs a heck of a lot better than their owners.

5:24PM PDT on Oct 2, 2012

All dogs should be desexed. Ban backyard breeders.

4:06PM PDT on Oct 2, 2012

Thank you.

3:45PM PDT on Oct 2, 2012


10:31AM PDT on Oct 2, 2012

Thank you. All about the Doggies

8:51AM PDT on Oct 2, 2012

All excellent advice. A pet peeve - I've seen dog owners think it's fine to just let their pup run free with a lot of other dogs while engrossed in reading a book, not paying any attention. This is how trouble happens.
I'd add one more point: Watch for sudden "pack behavior". In the blink of an eye, a group of dogs can get together and decide to pick on another one. I've broken up packs and rescued little dogs from underneath benches on occasion.
If that happens, it's time to take your dog home.

8:35AM PDT on Oct 2, 2012

This should be common sense, but sadly it isn't. And maybe unspayed/unneutered dogs should not be allowed in dog parks.

7:44AM PDT on Oct 2, 2012


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