Park Ambassadors at the Dog Park!
Post date: Jul 9, 2016 12:55:08 PM
In light of recent events, we have asked our Park Ambassadors to have an increased presence at the park during peak times (weekdays from 5-7pm) over the next couple weeks. They will be wearing name tags to identify themselves.
Park Ambassadors are volunteers who have been significantly involved in the development and maintenance of the park, and are familiar with basic dog park etiquette for both dogs and people. They are there to answer any questions you might have regarding park rules or appropriate dog behavior and to ensure that the rules are upheld. They may also offer advice or intervene in a situation that arises; many of them have more extensive knowledge of dog body language and behavior.*
Rest assured that by following park rules and being actively engaged with your dog, there is much that can be done to avoid conflicts and ensure that visits to the park are fun and safe for everyone.
Additional Resources by Dr. Sofia Yin:
I have attached a wonderful info-graphic that depicts several common dog park scenarios that can be problematic, as well as ways to avoid them.
This article describes how to break up a dog fight. Of course we hope to never need to use this, but if a situation arises, it's best to know what to do in case of an emergency.
*Please note that Park Ambassadors are not professional animal behaviorists. If you have specific questions, we are happy to connect you with our canine behavior & training consultant for the park, Michelle Grimes.