Are you following dog park etiquette?

Are you familiar with these unwritten rules of the dog park?

If you own a pooch, it's likely you're familiar with the rules of your local dog park, but that doesn't mean you're ready to embark on your next adventure there. First, you need to understand the set of unspoken guidelines that pet owners should follow – not just because it's common courtesy, but so the dogs can have a harmonious and enjoyable experience.

For starters, it's bad manners to eat or smoke at the dog park – even if they aren't technically banned. According to, pooches might eat cigarette butts and food wrappers because they smell tasty and dogs can't tell that they're bad.

Secondly, dog park visits are no time to multitask. Even if your four-legged friend is trustworthy enough to roam the lands with little to no supervision, you should still keep a close eye on him. Avoid any emails, texts and other distractions, suggested

Finally, it's a terrible idea to bring your pooch to the park without giving him a Hartz® flea and tick treatment. Parasites are spread from animal-to-animal and the park is practically swarming with them. Your pooch can bring fleas and ticks into your home and give them to your other pets as well.

This content is provided by the pet wellness experts at Hartz. We offer complete flea and tick protection for your pet, home and yard.