DogBoy's Dog Blog
I’m just going to say it: I am not a fan of dog parks. There, I said it. Here’s the reason: Typically, they are overrun with dogs with poor manners whose main exercise outlet is a weekly trip to the dog park. These dogs tend to be pushy and overly friendly.
Dog parks are fun, right? It’s a great way to get your dog out and get them socializing with other dogs. We love going and meeting other dog owners as well. It’s a great social experience for all, and a great way to exercise your dog. All of this can be true, but there are also things you want to look out for at the dog park, to make sure that your dog is having as good a time as you are.
Picking the right dog park:
The first thing to do is to make sure you are picking the right dog park for you and your dog. In Austin, TX, there are a lot to choose from. The best dog parks tend to have a lot of space, a good path to walk, and multiple sections to move into. You want to do your best not to go when the park will be at it’s busiest. Crowded parks breed more altercations. Having more room at a dog park can help prevent dogs from clustering at parks, which can lead to scuffles. If going to a less crowded park is not an option for you, being able to explore different sections of a park or a trail with your dog can help prevent the chance of an altercation occurring.
You also want to be conscious of the type of park you are going to. Sometimes, but not always, the fenced parks are attended by people who have a little less control over their dogs. It can also be possible that dog parks in college areas are frequented by dogs whose main source of exercise is the park. Both of these situations can cause more altercations between dogs.
Here are some dog parks in Austin, TX to consider when making your decision: