There’s nothing like a good run off the leash to burn off excess energy. And as we all know, a tired dog is a good dog!
Whether it’s your first time or hundredth visit, here are some tips to ensure your dog enjoys each and every visit.
Before you even consider taking your dog to the dog park, make sure its vaccinations, flea, tick and heart worm protection are up to date.
The dog should have a collar with a name tag on. Make sure the name tag has your phone number on it. If you are worried about the tag falling off, write your telephone number on the collar.
Don’t even think of having a picnic in the dog park. Seriously. Not unless you are willing to share it with all the dogs! True story - While visiting the dog park one day, a person was waving a burger around and was very surprised when a dog jumped up and grabbed it out of his hands.
As you approach the dog park, let the dog sniff and look in through the fence. This is important especially if it is the dog's first time. Take it easy. Let the dog get used to the smells. If the dog is apprehensive, just walk around on the outside until the dog is ready. You might even need to scrap the idea of going in and visit another day. Listen to what your dog says.
At the entrance, there are usually double gates. Think of it as an airlock on a space shuttle. Always, always close one gate before opening the other. This is to prevent all the dogs in the dog park from making a run for freedom!
If you have a small dog, I would carry the dog while going through the gates. Once in the dog park, try and make your way away from the gate before putting the dog down. The other dogs in the dog park will likely rush towards the newcomer. So brace yourself!
For dogs that you can’t carry, drop the leash and let your dog greet all the other dogs. When you get a chance, remove the leash but leave the collar and/or harness on.
Dog Parks in Singapore
(This is not an exhaustive list. I will add more as I come across them or do drop me a note if you know of any others. Thank you!!!)
Yishun Park Dog Run
Yishun Park, Yishun Central, Yishun Avenue 11, ( https://goo.gl/maps/snhkJXA5zJv )
Sembawang Dog Run
Sembawang Park, End of Sembawang Rd ( https://goo.gl/maps/2btPLSXYLQS2 )
Tiong Bahru Sit Wah Dog Run
3a Sit Wah Rd ( https://goo.gl/maps/sHX4dKY9ZTP2 )
Junction of Meyer Road & Fort Road ( https://goo.gl/maps/7MnskkdwFDF2 )
Tampines Central Dog Run
In front of Block 856 Tampines St 82 ( https://goo.gl/maps/ZGNmXMFLL7o )
Simpang Bedok Dog Run
Jalan Pari Burong playground, 91 Jln Pari Burong, ( https://goo.gl/maps/gJo1dWVYqH22 )
West Coast Park Dog Run
Pasir Panjang Road. Near Car Park 1. ( https://goo.gl/maps/Tc7rbhdQeSv )
Clementi Woods Park Dog Run
Next to West Coast Plaza (https://goo.gl/maps/wqunDykQvBw )
Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park
Bishan Park 2, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 ( https://goo.gl/maps/m3nN4TZfXAH2 )
Potong Pasir Ave 1 Dog Run
Block 102 Potong Pasir Avenue 1 ( https://goo.gl/maps/iEwAqLxrsU52 )