Health and Veterinary Resources - All dog park users must minimally have their dogs vaccinated per DC code. Additional vaccination, anti-parasitic treatments, and neutering/spaying are additionally recommended to maximize the health and safety of all our pups.
Humane Rescue Alliance - Offers affordable health exams, vaccinations, microchipping, and spaying/neutering.
Pet Care, American Veterinary Medical Association - Discusses important aspects of pet care, including preventative medical care (e.g., vaccines, heartworm preventatives) and responsible pet ownership.
Behavioral Resources - The first step in ensuring your own pup has a safe and happy dog park experience is learning a bit about dog behavior, socialization, and body language. Just like people, not all dogs get along with each other, nor do they always speak the same language. An over-crowded dog park can worsen a tense situation between pups. And even dogs that mean no harm can miscommunicate or cause unintentional injury or stress due to differences in body size or roughness in play. We recommend minimally looking through the following resources to help make your dog park visit safe and enjoyable!
Dog Parks: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - Published by the Association of Dog Trainers in its Chronicle of the Dog, this article provides an overview of those aspects of training and behavior important for dog park users.
How To Behave So Your Dog Behaves - Written by world-renowned veterinary behaviorist Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM, MS, this behavioral book uses drawings to illustrate important concepts, and has something to teach even the most experienced dog owner. If you have a puppy, you might also consider reading Perfect Puppy in 7 Days to ensure you're off to a great start!
Urban Wildlife Resources
City Wildlife - Provides advice and rehabilitation for injured and sick wildlife found in in the city.