Planning a Dog Play Date

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Dogs are like children, they enjoy being social and even having their own play dates. However, before you head out the door you should do your research.

Tips for a Doggie Play Date

  • First and foremost, check the weather! Get to know the place/setting you are heading to; if there are any hazards, like a busy street nearby, toxins (plants/flowers to dogs), hazards (construction nearby), etc.
  • Another factor to consider is if your dog or the dog you are meeting can be leash free, or if you need to find a fenced-in area for play time. Once you know this, take into account how well both dogs play with other dogs of all sizes, know both of their limits, pack your bags and enjoy our list of doggie playdate ideas

Doggie Playdate Ideas

  • Walk in the Park- Simply take your furry friend to a park and meet up with another friend. Dogs and owners can both get the benefit of exercising together. Or, if you have senior dogs who may not walk as far, just meet up with a friend and sit in the park and “dog/people watch”. This helps get the dogs accustom to other sounds, smells and strangers walking by.
  • Supervised Play Group- This is beneficial as dogs can be off leash, yet you’re close enough should anything happen.  Many doggy daycares offer this type of setting to help in socializing your pup! A supervised play session can help you determine what is appropriate play behavior, how to interact with other dogs and their owners, as well as to practice your recall.
  • Meet-Up Groups- There are a number of online forums and groups forn canine play groups in your community. You can select by breed, size, canine activity (like agility), dog related social issues, animal rights, etc. You can also look for groups geared toward the pet owner’s interests like if they are single, wine lover, enjoy hiking and more. For first time dog owners this is a great way to learn about your breeds disposition and characteristics.
  • Canine Internet Matchmaking Sites- YES! Believe it or not…There are match making sites that help pet owners match dogs of like age, size and energy level! Similar to human dating websites these sites have the pet’s photos and profiles to help the owners find the bestmatch for friendship and playtime!

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Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances. 

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