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Is your dog getting bored of playing by himself? Visit Frederick dog parks so he can meet new playmates and run free with his own kind. We put together a quick guide to get you and your dog prepared for safe dog park fun.

What to Bring

Make sure to bring a leash so your dog is under control any time you are outside the fenced off-leash area.

Also be sure to bring poop bags. While some parks have poop bag dispensers, it’s good to carry your own, just in case. Always clean up after your dog, both inside and outside of the fenced area.

While the dog park is great opportunity for training, you should never bring food or treats inside the fenced area. Any dog can become aggressive to other dogs around the presence of food.

Is Your Dog Ready to Play?

Your dog should be at least 4 months old before visiting a dog park, and will need to have all of their vaccinations before they can safely play with other dogs. Adult dogs should have their vaccinations up-to-date, and should always wear their tags within the park.

If your dog is in heat, she should not visit the dog park. Male dogs will find your female irresistible for about 18 days, but she’ll only be receptive to them once her bloody discharge becomes light yellow or clear. That’s why it’s important to keep your dog at home for at least 3 weeks after the first sign of bleeding, just to be sure there’s no risk of her getting pregnant.

Keeping the Park Fun and Safe

While your dog will likely leave your side to play with his new friends, you still need to watch him. Call or go to your dog if you notice he might be bullying other dogs, or may be on the receiving end of too-rough play.

It’s normal for dogs to bare their teeth and make a lot of noise as they chase one another during playtime. It’s not okay for one dog to play rough, even when his playmates show signs of fear and try to get away. Watch out for lowered ears and a tucked tail – sure signs that it’s time for a break.

Don’t rely on other dog owners to watch and control their dogs. You need to be attentive at all times to step in if the dogs get too crazy. No texting, no books – just sit back, relax, and watch.

Dog Parks in Frederick, Maryland

There are two dog parks in the city of Frederick. They’re both good places to socialize your dog and chat with other dog owners.

Frederick City Dog Park

Frederick City Dog Park is consists of one wide-open, fenced-in area where dogs are allowed to play off-leash. Many visitors bring medium to large dogs, and there is no separate area for small dogs. There are poop bag dispensers and sitting areas with benches. The park is not always full – at times, it’s empty, a good chance to play with your pup one-on-one. All dogs must have City of Frederick Parks Department Dog Park Usage Tag. Hours: Dawn to 10 PM

Ballenger Creek Dog Park

Ballenger Creek Dog Park is much larger than Frederick City Dog Park, spanning 4 acres. There’s divided areas for small and large dogs. While it’s roomy, it can get very crowded in the evenings during after-work hours, so you may want to go early. There are trails, shady sitting areas, dog poop dispensers and doggy water fountains all across the park. Hours: 8 AM to Sunset

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