Decoding the Dog Park
Dog parks have become ubiquitous in North American urban centers. They provide space for our dogs to run and roughhouse, socialize and explore. For many of us who do not have the luxury of a private yard area, these parks are a management lifeline that make city living with the companionship of our active dogs an absolute delight.
Despite how crucial they are for many of us, our urban dog parks are fraught with risk. These environments host to an ever-changing assemblage of dogs with different backgrounds, life experiences, tolerances, and drives. They are also largely unmanaged by any governing authority, subject to a collection ever-changing bylaw rules often broken or ignored by many who patron them. When the unthinkable happens, such as a severe dog bite or loss of life, there is little recourse for the victims; human or canine.
Some risk is to be expected in life, and our dogs are no exception to this. We take a risk every time we greet another dog on the sidewalk, cross a busy street, or during our off-leash adventures. Most of us understand that some risk is fundamental to life itself, and its constant presence is a large part of what makes living so wonderful. That isn’t to say that we can’t mitigate many of the risks we take with a solid foundation of education.
Decoding the Dog Park is designed to do just that. Whether you are a professional in the dog care community, the parent to a dog park-loving dog, or considering dog ownership in the future, the information provided in this book will give you the groundwork you need to navigate the high-speed, often chaotic dog park environment with skill and confidence.