No, No! Mistakes That Humans Make At Dog Parks

Neglecting To Remove A Choke Chain Or Harness

Some people use prong collars, choke chains, or harnesses and gentle leads on their dogs combined with a leash. But it’s not a good idea to leave them on when you’re in a dog park. When dogs play with each other, they commonly nip at the neck and shoulders, and those devices can be harmful.

dog on a leash
Ralf Graner/picture alliance via Getty Images
Ralf Graner/picture alliance via Getty Images

The last thing you want is for another pet to hurt his teeth, paws, and other parts on the metal contraptions. The situation can quickly turn sour and lead to a fight, particularly if an animal can’t get loose after getting stuck on a harness. Instead, use a nylon or leather collar.