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How to Keep Your Dog Safe at the Dog Park

Dog parks are a great place for your pooch to socialise, however there are a few things to keep in mind if you decide to visit. Find out how to protect your dog at the dog park.

Dog parks are an excellent place for your pup to get outside, enjoy some fresh air and socialise with other dogs in your local area. However, there are a number of risks to be aware of before you head to the park. Prevention is better than a cure, and by being aware of the biggest dog park dangers, you’ll be able to have a great time with your dog while keeping them safe. Let’s dive in to find out how to protect your dog at the dog park!

1. Aggressive behaviour from other dogs

While your dog probably has the sweetest temperament, it’s important to remember that different dogs have different play styles, and some are rough or even aggressive. Other dogs simply don’t enjoy socialising with unfamiliar dogs and people and can become scared and defensive in the park.

What to do: Always bring a leash with you, and monitor your dog at all times. Make sure you keep an eye on their interactions with the other dogs at the park, and if you suspect they (or another dog) are experiencing stress or becoming aggressive, safely retrieve them and walk them out of the dog park on a leash.

2. Parasites picked up from other dogs’ poo

It’s not the most pleasant subject, but it’s an incredibly important one to mention if you’re planning on taking your dog to a dog park. Eggs from parasites like hookworm and roundworm can be found in dog poo and can be easily spread as other dogs lick, sniff or walk over the infected poo. 

What to do: As soon as your puppy is old enough, you must ensure they’re receiving regular worming treatment to properly protect against intestinal worms. Treating your dog with Drontal Allwormer® every three months* will defeat and control all 12 intestinal worm species that can harm your pooch.

3. Diseases from shared water bowls

At many dog parks there are often permanent water bowls underneath taps to keep your pup hydrated while they run around. Unfortunately, these communal water bowls can be contaminated with a number of diseases, such as:

  • Giardia
  • Leptospirosis
  • Salmonella
  • Kennel Cough
  • Canine papilloma virus
  • Parvo and Canine Influenza Virus.

What to do: If your dog’s vaccinations are up to date, you’ll mitigate some of the risk from contaminated water bowls. To further reduce the risk, bring your own water bowl (and even water) to the park to avoid picking up an infection from a contaminated water bowl or tap. 


Keeping your dog safe is your responsibility, and a little knowledge goes a long way toward preventing any accidents or illnesses occurring at the dog park. Along with performing regular checks, you can also protect their health by ensuring their vaccinations are up to date and they are regularly treated for worms. 

Now you know how to protect your dog at the dog park!

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If you’re not already treating your dog with a regular allwormer (every three months is best), make sure you start well before you take them to the dog park. Drontal Allwormer® is safe to partner with your pet’s other medications and prevents all 12 gastrointestinal worm species — that’s more than most on the market. Drontal Allwormer® comes in a range of tablets and chews, so there’s a perfect option for every pup’s palate.

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