When fights break out in public areas between dogs, usually it involves male dogs that like to display their dominance. Even if a dog is well-trained and able to run off of the leash, it is always good to have a leash handy. Getting exercise is key to a dog’s health, so running around with them on a leash or playing fetch with them off of a leash are both rewarding forms of play.
Visiting a dog park can be an exciting and interactive practice for a dog as well as the owner. As long as owners are courteous and aware of their surroundings and the potential problems that can arise, more time spent with a pet is always a positive thing!
Pet Talk is a service of the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University. Stories can be viewed on the Web at http://tamunews.tamu.edu/. CNHI News Service distributes this column.