Taking your dog to a dog park can ignite quite the conversation between dog lovers. Some dog lovers are in the camp of a dog park not being a good idea. Some dog lovers are in the camp of dog parks being a great place to take your dog. Both camps are correct. Dog parks can be great depending on the dog, the owner, and the park itself, but they can also be horrible ideas depending on those same criteria. Here are some questions to ask yourself on if you should be taking your dog to the dog park.
Is my dog fully vaccinated?
If the answer is "no", do NOT take your dog to the dog park. Dogs are supposed to be fully vaccinated in order to enter most dog parks, but there is no one there actually checking vaccination records of the dogs that enter. Parvovirus can live in the ground for years and kennel cough can be highly contagious. If you have a puppy, one of the riskiest things you can do is try to take your puppy to the dog park. Your puppy that has not finished with all of their boosters is susceptible to diseases that can be fatal should not be at a dog park.
Is my dog current on heartworm prevention and flea and tick prevention?