How Dog Parks Can Positively Impact Your Dog

Did you know that two-thirds of Americans live with a pet, and according to a 2011 Harris poll, 90 percent of pet owners think of their dogs (and cats) as members of the family?

In order to treat your four-legged friends as family, Ryan Homes at Brunswick Crossing is beginning construction on a brand-new dog park in our community. Here’s why:

  1. It gives dogs some freedom. Leash laws in cities around the nation are becoming increasingly stricter due to the potential for property damage and unprovoked attacks, so dog parks give puppies the opportunity to roam and roll around without any tugging. 

    Puppy parks also keep four-legged friends safe from rushing cars and busy sidewalks while allowing them to get adequate off-leash exercise and social activity.

  2. A dog park reduces troublesome behavior from canines. Without physical and mental stimulation, dogs can develop nuisance behavior like excessive barking, constant rough play, restlessness, anxiety, leash pulling, and destructive habits (eating shoes, pulling the couch apart, or knocking food off counters and the table).

    By having positive interactions and experiences at the dog park in our HOA community, your pup is more likely to behave at home.

  3. Dog parks are a safe space for exercise. Like humans, dogs, especially those less than two years old, need exercise to stay healthy. In 2016, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention conducted their annual National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Survey and determined that 54 percent of dogs are overweight or obese, according to their veterinarians’ diagnosis.

    Dog parks in an HOA community give owners the chance to safely throw a Frisbee, play fetch, and toss a tennis ball without worrying about where their energetic pup will wonder off to next.

  4. They can practice positive play with other dogs. Aside from getting exercise, dog parks are a great place to develop social and communication skills. Here, they can meet unfamiliar pups on a regular basis and practice polite play. If your pup has a great experience at the dog park, they’ll demonstrate the following signs: 

    • Play bows with front legs outstretched and hindquarters up

    • Bark or high-pitched growl

    • Balance between being on top and being on bottom of play fights 

    • Mouth open when play biting

    • Hackles aren’t up (for most breeds)

    • A stop-and-start run

    • Side-to-side movement (more often than forward-and-backward movement)

    • Relaxed, loose body with soft ears, eyes, and tails

    • Avoiding eye contact or stares 

    • Approaching other dogs in an arc, slowly and calmly 

    • Sniffing other pups 

     

  5. Dogs become more accustomed to meeting new humans. A pup who regularly attends a dog park in an HOA community is less likely to have a fearful or negative response toward human strangers as well. Because of this positive socialization, you can invite houseguests, extended family, and old friends over without worrying about how your puppy will react.

    According to WebMD for Pets, “these valuable experiences can help guard against the development of fear and aggression problems around other dogs.”

Dog parks are like playgrounds for kids. It’s the safest, most effective way to ensure socialization between dogs and our neighbors. They’re also a great option for exercise, behavior correction, and communication with other dogs.