Dog parks have good intentions -- but they aren't the ideal environment for every dog. The concept of letting dogs run free and unleashed together generally works well; however, dog owners who ignore warning signs from their own dogs or others can be asking for trouble.
PetPlace offers some wise "rules for dog park etiquette," including the following:
- Recognize the signs of aggressive behavior and be ready to remove your dog from a dangerous situation.
- Dog owners who use a dog park to exercise their dogs after they have been inside for long periods of time could be asking for trouble. Take your dog for a walk to release some energy before visiting a dog park.
- Don't leave harnesses, prong collars, or choke collars on a dog at the dog park. These can cause injuries during play.
As for local dog parks, here are a few in the area:
Azalea Dog Park, Asheville, NC
Cleveland Park, Greenville, SC
Dogwood Park, Knoxville, TN
Fletcher Community Park Dog Park, Fletcher, NC
French Broad River Dog Park, Asheville, NC
Jackson Park Dog Park, Hendersonville, NC
River Walk Park Dog Park, Black Mountain, NC
Six Wags of Greer, Greer, SC
Waynesville Dog Park, Waynesville, NC
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