Dog Park Etiquette: Dos and Don’t


Please keep in mind these Do’s and Don’ts are not just for pups but for Pet Parents as well!


  • Allow your dog to hump other dogs (It’s not good manners and other pet parents and their dogs will get angry)
  • Forget to clean up after your dog (There are poop bag dispensers as well as scoopers in most if not all dog parks so USE THEM! This is the #1 reason why dog parks get so many complaints)
  • Allow your dog to be a PAROL OFFICER  (Parol Officer: A dog who obnoxiously barks/chases other dogs in the dog park, thus not allowing other dogs to enjoy play)
  • Allow your dog to rush up or crowd another dog when they are entering the dog park (This can frighten the dog and has the potential to cause aggressive behavior)
  • Allow your dog to play rough or bully other dogs (This is how fights begin. If you have an unruly dog, watch them carefully and at the sight of rough/bullying behavior remove them from the situation)
  • Allow your dog to steal another dogs toy (Yea it might look cute and funny when you see it but in reality it’s not nice. You wouldn’t like it if someone else stole something of yours so why allow your dog to it?)
  • Bring an aggressive/sensitive dog to the park (this is not the time or place to work on these problems)
  • Bring puppies younger than 4 months (they may not be immunized thus making them more susceptible to diseases)
  • Use treats or toys when other dogs are nearby
  • Bring  females in heat
  • Spend your time distracted on your cellphone, reading, etc (you should be supervising your dog at all times!!!)





  • Refrain from picking up other pet parent’s dogs (they may not like contact from strangers and could potentially bite)
  • Carry a leash with you at all times
  • Make sure your dog is immunized
  • Bring fresh water with you don’t be shy to share! (sometimes water stations may not be available)
  • Keep your dog on leash until you reach the off-leash area
  • Leave kids at home (The dog park is a park for dogs. Small children at the dog park are often a danger, or in danger of being bit or knocked down)
  • Spay/Neuter your dog, they make better play companions!
  • Be cautious about taking advice from other park patrons who are not dog professionals
  • Go regularly (Your dog will love you for it! And will be able to make friends and exercise)
  • Tell a pet parent when their dog has pooped (It’s not rude especially if the parent had their back turned and didn’t notice)

A Dog Park is a great environment to get your dog to socialize and drain all that energy! If all do’s and don’ts are followed by Pet Parents there’s no reason why everyone shouldn’t have an awesome time there 🙂

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Lori Waters

Lori Waters

Animal Expert Extraordinaire! at The Litter Sitter, inc.
Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
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  • nailahbone

    Great tips! 🙂 We used to go to lots of dog parks up in Central Fl but haven’t really been to many since moving down to S Fl. We’ve had too many scary incidents with people bringing overly aggressive/under socialized dogs. 🙁

    • Where did you live in Central FL?

      I’ve had a few bad experiences with my dog, one being her getting attacked by another dog… stupid dog. All she did was mosey on over and sniff him from behind and he flipped out, pinned her and bit her ear! She was squealing bloody murder and I was so PISSED! I’d been watching the dog interacting with other dogs and he’d greeted my dog just fine so I’m not sure what happened? But I know that some dogs just won’t mesh well with others just like some people don’t get along with other kinds of people. It didn’t change my perception of dog parks but I definitely am more careful when I take her and make sure to scope out the scenery for any “suspicious” dogs. Out here it’s very popular for pet parents to bring dogs with “issues” which is so annoying so I either pass on going in or lock myself up in one of the separate enclosures.