Are Dog Parks Safe?

If you’re a dog owner, you may enjoy taking your dog to a nearby dog park to play with other dogs. Dog parks offer a good place for exercise and socialization, but they can also create the potential for serious injuries to your dog and to you.

Portland, as well as most large cities, provide enclosed area dog parks where you can take your dogs to run around and play. Enclosed dog parks are fenced areas where you can unleash your dog, so he can play freely without feeling restricted by his leash. Most area dog parks are free of charge to dog owners and provide a pleasant day out for dogs and owners. However, dog parks are not for everyone. In some cases, dog parks can encourage aggressive behavior traits in dogs that lead to dog bites and other injuries. As dogs run around the park, some dogs may become nervous and feel threatened by what seems to be a chaotic environment. When a dog becomes aggressive, other dogs and people in the park are put at a much higher risk from:

* Dog fights that result in injuries to other dogs
* Dog fights that result in injuries to dog owners
* Fatal injuries to small dogs caused by large dogs
* Injuries and fatalities to small children

If your dog shows aggressive behavior around other dogs and/or people, an enclosed dog park may not be for you. Aggressive behaviors can quickly escalate in this type of environment. Even if you are closely watching your dog, a dog fight can break out in a few seconds, and once it does, it’s difficult to stop. A Portland Oregon personal injury attorney often sees dog owners who suffer dog bites and vicious dog attacks while trying to break up a dog fight.

If you’re a parent with young children under the age of 10, it’s best not to visit a dog park with your kids. Sudden screaming, loud noises, running, and fast movements can trigger prey-like behaviors in many dogs. To prevent injury to your kids, leave them at home if you head to the dog park.