Dog parks are a great community asset, especially where not everyone has access to huge yards and fancy equipment for their dogs. The key word here is “community.” We commend the City of Oswego for its forward thinking on establishing the dog park. That is a first step, The next step is for the community of dog lovers in Oswego to use this new facility wisely and well.
The rules for the dog park are listed on a sign at the park and we won’t repeat all of them here, but a few are key:
1) Your dog must be up to date with its rabies vaccination with the tag on its collar for all to see. That is obvious.
2) You dog must be at least four months old. Puppies just don’t have the social skills to cope with a zillion, or even two or three, strange dogs.
3) You are responsible for cleaning up your dog’s messes. Duh!. That includes the holes they dig.
4) You are responsible for supervising your dog’s behavior. The dog park is not a social occasion for you. It is for your dog, but not for you. Pay attention to your dog and intervene before a situation gets out of control
5) Don’t being food or treats into the dog park. Dogs, like toddlers, get jealous when other dogs get things. The same with toys.
6) Don’t bring your female dog if she is in heat. That should be pretty obvious, but it never hurts to state the obvious.
7) Don’t bring your dog if she is sick.
8) Don’t bring your dog if you know he is aggressive toward other dogs. Why would you do that anyway??? If your dog begins to show signs of aggression, remove him immediately. Because you are paying attention, right?
9) Don’t let your kids play on the dog equipment. Take them to a “people” park instead.
10) Don’t allow your dog to jump on other dogs or people. That means that your dog should have a level of training that he will obey you off leash when you tell him to stop. Only you know whether or not that is true, and, please, don’t delude yourself.
The bottom line is, as always, common sense. Do you have it? Does your dog have it? If so, go have fun at the park.
The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County. Located at 29 West Seneca Street, Oswego, New York. Phone (315) 207-1070. Email: [email protected] Website: www.oswegohumane.org