With the warmer weather spring brings more people will be taking their four-legged friends to the dog park.
One Des Moines metro woman says that the social dog experience can be more enjoyable with a little knowledge.
Sue Barnes is a dog trainer who also coaches dog owners. She says taking your dog to the dog park, or other public spaces can be good if you are prepared.
“You gotta remember dogs are a little different that people and when you put a dog together with a bunch of dogs… they’re gonna act like dogs,” says Barnes.
She says you should have your dog trained to come when you call, as one way of avoiding conflict with other dogs. She says dogs want structure because it gives them comfort.
“We want to help you have a great experience and learn what to do if there is a conflict…but how do we avoid those conflicts and be proactive,” says Barnes.
Barnes will help you learn how to handle your dog. There is a free program at the Raccoon River Park nature lodge at 7:00 Tuesday night. You’re asked to pre-register with West Des Moines Park and Rec.
Attendees also get a $5 voucher for a dog park pass.