Dog Park Safety
Pineville has a new dog park!
On Sunday, June 4, we spent our afternoon at the grand opening of Pineville’s new dog park, Canine Commons, located just inside Pineville Lake Park. This brand-new space is a welcome addition to the south Charlotte dog community! With dog play on our brains (what else is new?), we thought we’d take this opportunity to review some risks, rewards, and safety tips so you and your pet can get the most out of your visit to your local dog park.
Scope Out the Scene
Not all dog parks are created equal. Ideally, you should see a double-entry gate, separate play areas for large and small dogs, and posted rules. Other nice features are plenty of shade and seating areas, dog-friendly water source, and poop-bag dispenser with a waste can. You may also want to pay attention to overall fence height, space between the bottom of the fence and ground as well as space between fence rails. If your dog is a master at scaling walls, jumping or scooting underneath the fence at home, you’ll want to pay extra attention. Small dogs can also become caught between the rails. We suggest walking the perimeter of the fence line each time you visit to ensure there are no hazards like fallen limbs or broken areas in the fence where your dog my become caught. Lastly, no one is checking vaccination records of other dogs and holding parents accountable like we do at Social Pet. One of the best ways to prevent infectious disease from spreading is to maintain your dog’s vaccination schedule in accordance ith your veterinarian’s recommendation as well as have a routine fecal test administered (we recommend every 6 months).
1. Double gates at the entry provide an extra layer of safety
You may want to bring a few items with you just to ensure you have everything you need immediately accessible. Fresh water is a must to keep your pet hydrated during and shortly after play. Pineville has a doggie height water fountain within the park, but it may still be too high for smaller breeds so plan accordingly. Even if there is plenty of available water, your pup may want a drink on the ride home. Bringing your own poop bags is another smart idea so you can quickly clean up if bags are not provided or are out of stock at the dispenser site. Additionally, consider bringing a deterrent in case a scuffle breaks out. A spray bottle of water works well.
We believe dog parks are a great option for socialization and fun as long as you’re prepared and understand potential risks involved. Daycare at Social Pet is another option offering a safe, clean and fun environment that maximizes your pup’s full potential! We have over 4500 square feet of covered outdoor play space out of the 30,000+ square feet available so mid-summer sun is never a challenge. Our staff separates play groups by size and temperament while developing individual rest plans for each dog. Waste is immediately cleaned up and fresh, filtered water is available to everyone 100% of the time. Our staff is trained in Pet CPR and First Aid and monitor groups to ensure they are conducive for a variety of sizes and temperaments. Call us at 704-835-1022 to find out more about how we keep our groups safe and to schedule a tour to see our facility first-hand.