7 Tips for Good Dog Park Etiquette Everyone Should Follow

Off leash Dog Parks Sydney NSW

If you live in Sydney or the inner Sydney suburbs, as a dog parent, a dog park brings welcome respite to you and your furry friend! Dog parks offer a safe area for you and your dog to burn off some energy while interacting with other dogs and dog owners at the same time.

Sounds great doesn't it? Dog parks have grown in popularity, especially in areas that have high density housing. Due to the high use of dog parks, there are a few considerations pet owners should make.



Here are some tips that can help you be a responsible pet owner and ensure that everyone at the park has an enjoyable experience:

 1. Follow the Rules

Every dog park should have posted rules and regulations that are enforced strictly. Be sure to read the guidelines before entering a fenced-in area with your pup. This is important to ensure that all dogs and pet parents remain safe, healthy and comfortable during their visit to the park. 

2. Keep an Eye on Your Pet
Keep a close watch on your furry friend at all times. It’s important that you keep a hand on your dog’s leash in case of an emergency, or if aggressive behavior begins to happen between dogs. Respect other pet parents as well by setting boundaries for time spent at the dog park, and when needed help others who may need help controlling their pup or observing a certain behaviour from their pup.
3. Pick Up After Your Pet
Pet owners must legally pick up after their own dog’s waste within any public space (dog parks included!). Not only is it polite, but it is essential so that other visitors don’t have to step in any surprises left behind by another four-legged friend!
4. Respect Personal Space
Each pet has varying amounts of personal space needs — some thrive with too much canine attention while others may not enjoy having too many doggie friends around them during playtime! Respect every pooch's personal bubble as much as possible, making sure they're comfortable in each interaction they experience with another pup while at the park.
5. Vaccinate Your Dog
It's really important for all pups who visit a public dog park to be current and up-to-date on all required vaccinations including rabies shots and parvovirus booster shots for puppies under sixteen weeks old. Having vaccinated pets can greatly reduce the chance of contagious diseases being spread amongst animals at the park!
6. Bring Treats to Share (if allowed)
Certain parks will allow owners to bring training treats for positive reinforcement purposes; however, check beforehand with local regulations about giving out treats at parks! Always check with other dog owners before sharing any treats as reward for good behaviour.
7. Have Fun! For safety reasons, shy or aggressive dogs shouldn't go near other canines off leash even in the case of official off-leash areas – meaning if your pet gets scared easily they might want more protection (a lead). In any case, most importantly make sure you have fun with your pup and appreciate every moment you spend together — whether in a fenced-in environment with other doggos or wandering around outside together enjoying fresh air and sunshine! 

How do I find a dog park in my local area?

The majority of local councils have off leash dog parks. These are designated areas that are normally fenced and gated to ensure a safe place for city dog owners to exercise and socialise their hounds!  Check your councils website for dog park locations in your suburb.

The City of Sydney has a guide to locating dog parks in their municipality. These are off leash dog parks and are clearly sign posted. The City of Sydney also provide  doggy waste bags via dispensers at all off-leash parks to make it easy for dog owners to clean up any mess left behind! 

What should I take to the dog park?

 As well as your four legged friend, we suggest you take the following things with you when you set off to play at the local dog park:

  • Water! While most dog parks have a water tap, if you are unfamiliar or
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    unsure, it is best to take your own water supplies and drinking bowl.
  • Food and snacks-Man's Best Premium Food of course! Before setting out, grab your training pouch and fill it with bite size snacks of Man's Best Dog Food from your re-usable Delivery Hound stash!
  • Clean up waste bags: While some parks will have a dispenser, grab a pack from Delivery Hound with your next order of Grain-Free Dog Food delivered to your door. Our waste bags are made from plant material and designed to biodegrade in landfill
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    or in your home compost.
  • Dog lead: Although the dog park may be off leash, it is an offence to have your dog off leash elsewhere across Sydney and surrounding suburbs (anywhere in NSW to be precise).
  • Tennis ball: A toy or ball will help maintain your dogs focus at the park and will act as an exercise instructor to help work off some energy! 

What are the benefits of using a dog park?

There are many benefits of having a dog park in your community. Here are some of the key benefits:

  • Exercise and socialisation: Dogs need regular exercise and socialisation to stay healthy and happy. A dog park provides a safe and enclosed space where dogs can run, play, and interact with other dogs.

  • Improved behaviour: Dogs who have regular access to a dog park are often better behaved and less likely to exhibit destructive behavior. This is because they are getting the exercise and socialization they need to release their energy and prevent boredom.

  • Mental stimulation: In addition to physical exercise, a dog park can provide mental stimulation for your dog. They will encounter new sights, sounds, and smells, which can help keep their minds active and engaged.

  • Bonding with your dog: Taking your dog to the park can be a great way to bond with them. You can play with them, teach them new commands, and watch them interact with other dogs.

  • Community building: Dog parks can be a great way to bring people in the community together. You can meet other dog owners, make new friends, and share information and resources.

Overall, a dog park can provide many benefits for both dogs and their owners. It's important to remember to follow proper etiquette and rules to ensure that everyone at the park has a positive experience.

By following these tips, you can ensure that you and your dog have a positive experience at the dog park while also respecting the safety and enjoyment of others.


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