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Bark Park September 27, 2018 0 comments

Five Dog Sitting Tips For Newbies

Dogs are excellent companions for us, and there are some people who are even in love with them. A lot of people even have plenty of dogs in their houses even if they don’t know everything there is to know about taking care of these adorable canines. So, it’s perfectly
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Bark Park August 24, 2018 0 comments

Behavior – Teach Your Dog How to Act When you’re both in a Dog Park

A dog needs fresh air. They shouldn’t be locked in the house all the time and there is no better place to take them out to than a park so they can play, interact with people, and get used to noise. So, in case you don’t know how to control
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Bark Park July 25, 2018 0 comments

6 Tricks to Teach a Dog That Everyone Will Immediately Love

A lot of people have dogs because they’re the best friend that person can have. They’re affectionate and playful, and intelligent! Are you trying to teach your dog some new tricks, but don’t know which ones are easy to teach? Here are some of the easiest tricks to teach your dogs.
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Bark Park November 17, 2018 0 comments

5 Things to Consider When Designing a Good Dog Park

Dog parks are the perfect place for doggies to socialize with other dogs and play around. If you are looking for some kind of guide on how to create the perfect dog park for your dog, here, Bark Park presents you five things that you must definitely pay attention to:
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Bark Park October 28, 2018 0 comments

4 Important Tips to Follow When Visiting a Dog Park

If you own a dog, you must be aware that one of their most favorite things to do is to run freely around open spaces. And what’s better than a park for that? Well, a dog park is definitely better! In dog parks, your buddy can also socialize with other
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Bark Park October 27, 2018 0 comments

Bring These 4 Items With You To The Dog Park – Leave Bully Sticks For Puppies At Home!

Taking our dogs for a walk is a fun activity both for us and for them. There is no better place to take them for a walk than a dog park. In there, they can run freely, play with other dogs, explore things, and much more! However, there are things
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Bark Park August 24, 2018 0 comments

Behavior – Teach Your Dog How to Act When you’re both in a Dog Park

A dog needs fresh air. They shouldn’t be locked in the house all the time and there is no better place to take them out to than a park so they can play, interact with people, and get used to noise. So, in case you don’t know how to control
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Dog parks are the perfect place for doggies to socialize with other dogs and play around. If you are looking for some kind of guide on how to create the perfect dog park for your dog, here, Bark Park presents you five things that you must definitely pay attention to:

Think As Your Dog Does

You must take into consideration that you should not build just a flat spot of grass in the middle of nowhere, that’s boring even for humans! You must try to create a place where dogs can feel comfortable at and play around with safe accessories and furniture.

Your goal should be that your dog has a good time, so you have to think about what kind of things they would like to have in the park. Natural accessories, such as rocks, logs, and plants can be of great help.

Find The Appropriate Space Size

We know that it’s not an easy thing to do, but finding a place with the appropriate size can bring you, as a builder, and the dogs, as the users, a lot of benefits.

Dogs that love to roam around will do it within the proper boundaries. You should set private spaces for shy dogs that like to play in outdoor spaces but cannot handle to be in contact with other dogs. Having spaces for every kind of dogs will definitely be a plus for your park!

Make Them Sweat

It’s important that the dogs can exercise both brain and body in dog parks. Creating level fields, obstacle courses, gentle hills, tunnels, and clumps of rocks are accessories that will make them think because they will have to figure out how to get through them.

Do Not Forget The H2O!

Water is something like gasoline for most living creatures on Earth. Doggies are not the exception. Water should definitely be in your dog park. Create some water fountains for all those dogs with owners that forgot their portable water pots. You must keep them hydrated!

Water can also provide excellent exercising ways for dogs. Pools, fountains, and mini lakes are great for this. They can dive in into them and swim. Those are really good exercises to keep them active, especially for old dogs.

Keep Plants under Control

Plants are beautiful natural accessories for your park, but you should definitely be really careful with them. Dogs tend to run a lot and they don’t always pay attention to the obstacles in front of them. If these obstacles are plants, they might end up hurting your dog pretty bad!

You must choose the right types of plants that don’t take too much space and keep them on point. If you consider that a plant is dangerous or too big, please cut it off!

Here you have it. If you don’t forget these five simple aspects, you will surely have the perfect layout for the best dog park out there. Get ready to receive a lot of visits from cute, hairy, full of energy, and funny new friends!

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If you own a dog, you must be aware that one of their most favorite things to do is to run freely around open spaces. And what’s better than a park for that? Well, a dog park is definitely better!

In dog parks, your buddy can also socialize with other dogs, sniff around, and do their things! Anyhow, like any other place, dog parks have rules and you must watch that your doggie respects them in order to keep them and other dogs safe. Here we present some of these rules:

Baby Dogs Should Not Get In!

If your dog is just a newborn, you must wait until they are a bit older to take them to dog parks. The rule actually says that they should be over 4 months old to be able to enter these spaces. This rule was established to keep puppies from getting hurt while playing.

Pregnant dogs are not allowed either. The main cause of this is that, as you must know, they are not aware of the consequences of their acts. You should take care of your female dog if she is pregnant in order to keep her and the babies safe.

Any Kind Of Violent Behavior Is Not Allowed

This rule was established to keep every dog parks visitors safe. Violent situations might end up hurting the dogs involved, the dogs near the place where it happens, and the dog owners who try to stop the situations.

If you see any kind of aggressive behavior in your pup, it is mandatory for you to stop it immediately. It doesn’t matter if he was just playing and it got rough. Don’t let it escalate because it could potentially put everyone in danger.

Do Not Lose Sight Of Them!

You must be watching your dog at every single moment during your staying in dog parks. This will help you to take actions in case of them getting involved in any kind of not allowed situations.

In that way, you will be able to pick up after them, stop violent situations, keep them from playing with bigger or smaller dogs, and keep an eye on their toys.

Bring Your Own Water, But Don’t Bring Food

Keeping your dog hydrated is vital for them. Even more so if he’s playing around in a park because they tend to get tired and thirsty. Portable water bowls will help you with that. Choose a practical one that can contain the amount of water that your dog drinks.

However, it’s advisable that you don’t bring food for yourself and your dog. Although treats like pizzle treats are good for training, the noses in dog parks are amplified more than the usual, surrounded by dogs of all sizes and shapes. Trying to eat in this kind of places can make dogs feel attracted by the smell of food and if they get desperate, the innocent wish of feeding them can end in a violent situation.

Considering how loving and huggable dogs may be, visiting a dog park needs to be planned carefully. Now that you are aware of these rules, you can take your doggie to dog parks and let them enjoy their exercise and recreation properly!

dog-sniffing

Taking our dogs for a walk is a fun activity both for us and for them. There is no better place to take them for a walk than a dog park. In there, they can run freely, play with other dogs, explore things, and much more!

However, there are things that you should not forget to take with you when you are going to a dog park. In here you have a short list of those items to help you have an even better experience there:

Plastic Bags

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Plenty of dogs go to dog parks on a daily basis and most of them are used to doing their things in these places. In order to keep the space properly clean, every dog owner should carry their own plastic clean-up bags.

There are places that have plastic bags dispensers but have one in your pocket just in case. You never know, right?

Portable Bowls

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Your dog will be running around the whole time that they spend in the park. That means that, at some point, they should feel thirsty. Because of that, you must keep their portable water bowl in your backpack.

Some places have their own water fountains, but a lot of dogs drink from them and who knows what kind of diseases they might carry. As you can see, carrying a bowl with you can protect them from getting ill.

A Collar

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Your dog should always wear a collar, even at home! Of course, this collar must have a name tag with your dog’s name on it. This will help people to identify them in case of being lost. It’s recommended that you put your phone number and your full name in the back of the name tag. Trust us on this one.

Choose a nice design for the name tag like a bone or a fish, something like that, and of course choose the best material for their collar. Our recommendation is a black leather collar. Pretty chic, huh?

A Leash

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Yes, yes… We know what you’re thinking: “If dog parks are places where my dog can run free, why should I have a leash with me?” Well, actually it’s really necessary. Sometimes you will have to use it to keep your dog controlled if they aren’t paying attention to your commands.

Also, how would you convince them to go home because it’s getting late when they’re running free in their favorite place? That is right, with a leash.

Warning! One Item You Should Not Bring To The Dog Park

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Treats are the best rewards for dogs, especially if they are getting any kind of training. If you have a pup who easily gets bored, giving him bully sticks for puppies is a great idea! These are utterly delicious, long-lasting chew treats made of beef pizzles. Just a word of warning though. These are quite irresistible to most dogs, and bringing them along can cause fights among them. So, while dogs absolutely love these aromatic pizzles, it’s best to leave them at home where they can enjoy chewing on these without eliciting a fight.

However, treats can catch other dogs’ attention. Remember that every dog has a specific diet that you should not alter. It doesn’t matter how cute their puppy eyes are, never give them treats if you didn’t get authorization from their owners!

 

Remember all these things and we assure you that the next time you visit your dog’s favorite park, and your experience will be way better!

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Dogs are excellent companions for us, and there are some people who are even in love with them. A lot of people even have plenty of dogs in their houses even if they don’t know everything there is to know about taking care of these adorable canines. So, it’s perfectly okay if you don’t know anything either.

In case you are a newbie in dog sitting and have to take care of your friend’s puppy, don’t worry! Here are some tips for you:

Cleanliness

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In case the dog is going to stay with you for a while, you should ask about important things like grooming. How many times he needs to bathe in a week, how much shampoo you should apply, if you need to brush their teeth, and if they brush their hair and how often.

Also, you should be familiar with the products that the dog uses — for example, his shampoo or an ointment (if they need one), so you know which products to apply. You should also know that dogs cannot use human’s perfumes or creams.

Adapt Your Home

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In case you don’t have pets, your house may not be habitable for dogs. But don’t worry, you can adapt your home to provide the care that the puppy needs without making any drastic changes.

Start by hiding any type of disinfectant or chemical that you own, collect all your shoes or any type of clothing to keep them from being bitten, and also hide any type of candy or chocolates that you have. Most importantly, keep the dog away from your room so it doesn’t mess up your bed or devour your shoes.

Do Their “Things”

potty-time

This is something very basic and important, as dogs need to do their physiological business most of the time… You know what I mean. So, you should think about where you can teach them to do this, in case of not having a backyard, that way you will keep them from doing them all around your house.

Keep Active

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This is really important. You must get them to do different activities so his mind and his body remain active. You could go for a walk, go to the park, play with them in the yard. Whatever you want, but you need to do it.

Dog Chronogram

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Ask your friend or the owner of the dog you are going to take care of, to give you a schedule of the dog’s activities, meals, and in case of being sick, when to take their medicines. All this so you know the exact time at which they should have their meals, take their medications, go to sleep, and get up, and if you should do any activity like go to the park or others.

At Bark Park, we know some dogs are really very affectionate, but they smell fear, so you must be calm in order to deal with them. Also, ask the owner anything you need to know about their special care, so you can adapt a bit more to the dog. By following these tips you will be more comfortable taking care of any dog, no matter the size or age.

dog-jumping

A dog needs fresh air. They shouldn’t be locked in the house all the time and there is no better place to take them out to than a park so they can play, interact with people, and get used to noise. So, in case you don’t know how to control your dog when you both go to the park, here are some tips we had to learn the hard way:

You Must Educate It

First, to take your dog to public places like these, they must be properly trained to follow any order that you give, so you don’t have much trouble controlling them.

Control Dog’s Emotions

In case your dog is very excited at the time of leaving your house and getting to the park, first try to calm them down and then let them play quietly around.

Without a Leash

In case of going to a dog park, don’t worry, as your dog is safe so you can remove the leash without any problem as it’s a safe place for them. If you go to a public park, you can only release your dog if it’s well trained and listens to you, so you can avoid any problem.

Learn By Observing

Go to the parks and see so that dogs playing have a good side. You can observe other doggies’ attitudes and their behavior with their owners, so you will learn more to control your own dog.

You Must Be In Contact With Your Dog

The fact that your dog is playing at a park with other dogs doesn’t mean that you should disconnect completely and observe them from a distance. Always try to be close, talk, give them some love and play with your dog.

Without Toys

If your dog is playing with other dogs, don’t give them any of their toys since they will not need them, in order to keep the toy from getting lost or stolen since your puppy won’t be alone.

Always Stay Alert

You should always be aware of what your dog is doing so you can control any movement they make in case there’s a dogfight, they want to flee, or any other hasty reaction they might have.

You Must Be Calm

You should always be calm to deal with your dog since they don’t react well to nervous behavior or shouting. So, if you are going to talk to them, it should be in a moderate tone, like this the dog doesn’t get stressed and you avoid any bad behavior on his behalf.

Relax

Try to relax and enjoy the moment you’re sharing with your dog. However, if you’re very worried about your pet’s behavior because you cannot control it, take certain classes to train them properly and don’t get so stressed.

Dogs are very happy when they go out to the street and they want to start running everywhere, that’s why the leash is so important. But it’s necessary that you take them out for a walk because they like that, and they can also stay physically and mentally active, which is very important for every dog.

dog-kiss

A lot of people have dogs because they’re the best friend that person can have. They’re affectionate and playful, and intelligent! Are you trying to teach your dog some new tricks, but don’t know which ones are easy to teach? Here are some of the easiest tricks to teach your dogs.

Greeting

There is no better way to show how polite your dog is than by greeting your friends or family. To do this, first put a bit of adhesive tape on your dog’s eye, and while he tries to remove it, try saying “salute” and then reward him with treats and give him love. Repeat it until they do it without using the tape.

Kiss

What a tender thing it is to get home and have your dog receive you with affection and kisses. They’re very affectionate with their owners and like to lick a lot, but you must also teach them how to kiss.

To do this, put a treat on your face and start telling him to give you a kiss when he approaches to get the treat, you walk away, and then you give him the prize.

Look Out Objects

This trick is excellent to keep your dog very active. First, start throwing things and running while you’re showing a treat to your dog, then when he manages to catch the object, make him bring it back so he can get a reward.

Dance

There’s nothing cuter than watching a dog dance while listening to a song or when you order them to. It’s a trick that takes too much practice but it isn’t impossible to do it. However, it’s not recommended for overweight dogs or dogs with problems in their legs.

You start by lifting a treat so the dog gets up on two legs and try to reach it, when they do, try to say  “dance”, “turn”, “up”, and keep practicing it again until they do it automatically when you give the order.

Pick Up the Toys

This is an excellent way for your dog to help and keep your home clean. To do this, first, you must sit next to the toy box and in front of your dog, and then give them a toy which they need to keep in their mouth so you can put a treat inside the box for your dog to look for it.

High-Five

This trick is very good and super easy to teach. A good way to learn this trick is to put a treat that your dog will love in the palm of your hand. You will start to say “high five” and when they raise their paw, congratulate and pet them.

When dealing with dogs, mostly in their early years, or after they have been adopted from a “wilder” environment, it could be difficult for you while putting on an immense amount of stress on the dog. In order to avoid this from happening, it’s crucial for you to try any, or every, of these tricks to train your pet.