|Dog parks are popping up throughout the USA and
can be an asset or detriment for your PON, depending on
circumstances. Let us explore issues to be able to better
evaluate advantages and disadvantages when considering weekly
visits to area parks. All PON owners need to inform themselves
of local laws and regulations before making a final decision.
On the positive side of this issue, dog parks provide an
excellent source of canine interaction for your PON and offer
all sorts of physical and mental stimulation not always readily
available at home. Further, your PON will enjoy off-leash
exercise which will promote his immune system function and
reduce annoying behavior patterns such as excessive barking,
chewing on furniture/shoes, etc. Owners are apt to come across
fellow dog owners and increase their knowledge through
observation and interaction with experienced owners.
There are also disadvantages to dog parks which range from
insignificant (constant loud barking) to major health issues
that may arise unexpectedly. Some owners may bring females in
heat to the park, resulting in unplanned mixed breed
pregnancies. Depending on the park's location, there is a
potential for parasites and accidental poisoning from wild
mushrooms and other vegetation. Some owners may bring
aggressive dogs to the park in the hope of offering them better
socialization opportunities. This may result in dog-related
injuries for both pets and owners. Climatic conditions may
prove unfavorable for a double coated PON during warm weather
How can PON owners provide a safe haven for their beloved
PONS at dog parks ?
* Visit several times without your PON and determine the
best times to have play sessions. Avoid overcrowded dog parks
which may result in too much interaction
* Inspect all vegetation for possible poisonous plants
* Interact with other dog owners in order to determine if
they have like minded ideals
* Know your PON and his likes and dislikes. Some PONS get
along well with all breeds and other PONS less so. Some PONS
exclusively prefer their own family flock.
Common sense and good planning may determine your PON'S
experiences at your local dog park.