As you might all know we got a puppy, Emmet, a few months ago. He’s an adorable F1B Goldendoodle and we just love him to pieces. We do however think he is part bunny because he hops everywhere he goes, but the floppy ears and sad little eyes make it impossible to be mad at that little face! He even has his own instagram account (I know!). Recently he had his last puppy shots so we were finally able to take him to the dog park. FYI the dog park is good for more than just dogs. My kids get a better workout there than the dog I think, hah! My oldest son fetches the ball better than Emmet.
So today I’m going to share a few tips with you on training your new puppy at the dog park.
We got Emmet for a few reasons. My oldest son has somewhat of a hard time expressing his emotions. He keeps everything in and just doesn’t know how to let it all out. My hope is that Emmet will be not only therapeutic for him, but that he will pass his good citizen’s test and can be a therapy dog in hospitals and nursing homes. When we decided on a getting a puppy it was a family affair and we knew the time we would need to invest in him. I also used my mom brain and knew if we were getting a puppy it would need to be in the summer. House breaking a dog and snow just don’t fit together well in my world!
Since he’s a puppy, we don’t yet have a fence, and we are training, we spend lots of time outside at the dog park : )
Tips on Training a Puppy at the Dog Park
– First and foremost, prepare yourself! Be sure to apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to you and your kids’ entire bodies 30 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating. Our first trip to the dog park resulted in a few sunburns. Sometimes it’s easy to forget about sun exposure when you aren’t doing something that isn’t usually related to sunburns. I think of sunscreen when I’m going swimming or on a boat, not really when I’m just headed out to the dog park. I learned my lesson! Our favorite to use at the dog park is Banana Boat® Sport Performance®. We are running and chasing a dog so the sweat is inevitable! For my little one there eyeing the bottle I used a baby sunscreen though.
– Treats, don’t forget the treats! You will be working hard on sit, stay, and definitely getting him to come to you, you will need treats. Dogs respond well to getting rewards (go figure). I like to carry a Treat Pouch (like a total dork), but it really does make dishing out the treats easier, especially when you’ve got stuff in your hands and are chasing three kids around!
– Don’t forget the water bowl! When you spend a while running up and down the field as fast as you can, your doggy is going to be thirsty! A thirsty dog makes it harder to train, when all he can do is thing about how dry his tongue, he probably won’t be to into sitting for you. We like to bring a small cooler full of water. This makes carrying easy, it doesn’t spill over and no pouring necessary! Don’t forget water for you too! You will likely be just as thirsty ; )
– Bring Toys. You can’t make it all about learning. You have to let your doggy play. Our new favorite thing to do is the Tennis Ball Launcher. Emmet doesn’t really get it yet, but he will chase it. When he doesn’t bring it back my oldest son does. This is why the dog park is great for kids :)
– When training at the dog park it is important to remember that just because everyone here loves dogs doesn’t mean your frisky little puppy gets to do whatever he wants. If he jumps up, you can’t make exceptions if you are trying to teach him not to jump. Go get him and tell him off, no matter how many times the innocent victim says “it’s ok, he’s so cute, he’s just a puppy” in a high pitched voice. Puppies have to learn just like kids, and consistency is important!
Most of all you are here to have fun! So wherever you choose to train your puppy and have some outside time, remember to stay safe from the sun with Banana Boat®.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Banana Boat® . The opinions and text are all mine.