Dog Parks & Dog Bars: Set Your Dog Up For Success

Dog Parks & Dog Bars: Set Your Dog Up For Success

If you want your dog to have as much fun socializing at a dog park or dog bar as you do then you need to set your dog up for success!

It’s great to be able to bring our dogs along when we go out to socialize so a dog bar is a perfect idea! However, as I say it all of the time, dogs aren’t people (🤯 😆) and we can’t just expect to throw them together with a bunch of other strangers and naturally just be super happy and comfortable with it. Sure some dogs can but most dogs need some safe acclimation. This video is about introducing them to strangers (and any new environment really) at their pace so that you set them up for success in meeting new friends rather than setting them up to scuffle due to stress.

**Don’t rush it – give them time to get comfortable with their surroundings before releasing them to the pack of strangers

**Don’t forget that you brought a dependent to the bar – it’s quite literally like bringing a 5-year-old to the bar – even though you are there to socialize too, keep one eye on your pup at all times to be able to intervene if needed

**Let dogs be dogs – most of the time it’s good for dogs to work through their own stuff and find their place among friends, however, not all domesticated dogs are good communicators anymore the way that we have bred them and not all humans are good at knowing when their dogs have had enough. pull your dog out while they are still happy and having fun so that is the experience that they leave the dog bar with and the energy that they bring back to the dog bar. If you wait until they are really tired and they get into it with another dog because of that, you are running the risk that they have a poor experience and will return with some anticipatory stress, meaning, they won’t have as much fun as they could, or, they may not enjoy the dog bar visits anymore.

**Keep your canines current on all vaccines against diseases that can get transmitted such as bordetella (kennel cough) and canine influenza on top of their core vaccines (distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis, and rabies). most facilities require the core vaccines but the others protect your dog against air-borne illnesses that are easy to transmit and can make your dog sick.

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28 Comments

  1. flxwercxrpse on August 6, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    E collars and prongs aren’t meant for punishment though..

  2. Stella Davis on August 6, 2022 at 10:45 pm

    These are horrible , your dog doesn’t need to sniff and meet every new dog it sees, in fact it often stresses them out, making them act more aggressive. And prong collars are not bad ideas. They mimic the nip of their mother when trying to control a wild dog to better acclimate a dog when walking. More should be used. This woman is not a good source for training

  3. Melissa Feldhaus on August 6, 2022 at 10:46 pm

    Lots of good info!!

  4. andre colbert on August 6, 2022 at 10:48 pm

    Lots of options from Karen

  5. Canine Training Products on August 6, 2022 at 10:50 pm

    Thank you good tips

  6. WonderTwig on August 6, 2022 at 10:50 pm
  7. MidnightClappers on August 6, 2022 at 10:56 pm

    Out of all dog tools I like to use, an e-collar is the best choice to “leave on your dog” in this Scenario, anytime my Doberman is off leash I’ll keep it on. mainly to reinforce a re-call if I need too. Definitely would not keep a prong on or any other complex collar, another dog could easily snag it.

  8. Adriene V on August 6, 2022 at 10:58 pm

    Thank You!

  9. Madison Hopper on August 6, 2022 at 11:00 pm

    Hello Sara! i was just watching your video, and was wondering what if your dog is dominant? My dog is a staffordshire pitbull/ malamute and i would like to socialize him a bit more, but lately on walks he has been showing signs of dominance and aggression. He shoots his head up , and is becomes very stiff. Sometimes even snaps and growls at other dogs that get too close. I know he is so sweet, but it frightens the other owners. I want to change that by getting him out, and meeting new friends! Thank you for your time.

  10. Mr. Bravo on August 6, 2022 at 11:01 pm

    I like… how you didn’t edit the pups wrestling… expected in a group. #showingreality

  11. mema on August 6, 2022 at 11:03 pm

    my male french bulldog humps all dogs (even males). is that normal? he is playful but he humps other dogs even bigger than him

  12. Alicia Laija on August 6, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    Love these tips thank you!!!
    We have a very social and friendly pit bull mix and although he means well and just want to play with ALL dogs..people can sometimes overreact bc he is indeed a pit but you confirmed that all his actions are 100% normal play!! And he’s also a pup that doesn’t bark or growl so that’s never an issue he’s just very excited and happy and looooooves to play w dogs and I feel like some people really see that energy as aggressive but like you’ve said dogs have different energy levels and as owners we all have to watch after dog body language.
    I’m trying so hard to make sure these other dogs that maybe older, slower, and more relaxed feel like they can hangout.. but it’s hard, what do I do? Do I immediately leave ? Or what do I reinforce so my pup learns that some dogs you just don’t mess with..

  13. yessenia cruz on August 6, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    Hi Sara! I love your video !
    I am so interested into making my own dog park, can you help me start with the basic information first and what is needed. It’s a dream I want to become real.

  14. Zack Shelton on August 6, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    E collars are not like shock collars. It’s and extension of your voice and touch when your dog is too far away from you. It’s less than a vibration to tell the dog that you want them. It takes training to get to that level as do everything with a dog. E collars are not used as punishment

  15. gbhrps on August 6, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    Wow!!!! Why didn’t I find this video when I first took my Cocker to the dog park!!!! Thank you!

  16. amasco on August 6, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    I don’t know if you can help but I have a generally great yorkie mix but he’s so hard to train because he’s not really food motivated and I’ve been trying to capture behavior but he won’t repeat it on command. I’ve tried basics 1 but no change should I take him to a train and board or are there ways to train him?

  17. MrVegashere on August 6, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    My biggest pet peeve, dogs congregating at the entrance. A good amount of problems would be eliminated if they could enter without being mobbed. No reason why staff or owners can’t call their dog away.

  18. Ricardo Hernandez on August 6, 2022 at 11:24 pm

    it is absolutely amazing how she was picking that up and how quick staff is on it.

  19. Snövit Hedstierna on August 6, 2022 at 11:29 pm

    I find it so annoying when other owners don’t take care of how their dogs behave in the park. Some almost waits for dogs to fight, scream and cry and still just leave it to the dogs to solve.

  20. E2 Settlers Forge on August 6, 2022 at 11:31 pm

    Actually a great video with some doggie behavior. Thanks!

  21. Halla Lindroos on August 6, 2022 at 11:33 pm

    I want to go there when I get my dog it will be golden terrier but I’m too far away

  22. rad rat on August 6, 2022 at 11:33 pm

    awesome!

  23. WheelsUpRN on August 6, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    Nope.

  24. Pierre Wagner on August 6, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    I totally disagree about your opinion on E Collars. I forgot my e collar one time when going to the a dog bar and my dog notice and acted a fool. My dogs play well with an E collar and can take them anywhere with one on. Most dogs know if I don’t miss behave I want get corrected. Without the E Collar I wouldn’t be able to bring some of my dogs out in public. Everything else about the video is right on.

  25. Untamed Badlands on August 6, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    Aussie doesn’t a break Husky should of been removed from the warning bites it was doing at the gate.

  26. Taylor Iverson on August 6, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    What kind of artificial grass are you using? It looks really nice. I thought most artificial grass gets really hot and can burn the dog’s paws? Would like to know what brand it is. Not sure if this facility is yours?

  27. Sean on August 6, 2022 at 11:39 pm

    My samoyed is unfixed, and plays find with dogs 1 on 1… however, at the dog park he seems to choose one dog to follow around and all he wants to do is obsesvily hump that dog… cares about nothing else. Can be male or female. Anything i can do to train this out of him, or should i just avoid dog parks?

  28. Blagoja Ivanovski on August 6, 2022 at 11:42 pm

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