Dog Park Safety & Etiquette

Informational

If you missed our Wag ‘n Learn with Health & Harmony Animal Hospital’s Dr. Bowden who covered Dog Park Safety & Etiquette, no worries! We’ve laid out a brief summary and some of the tips we learned. Her handout of the best 10 tips is also very helpful. Take a peek and have fun at the park.

Health Safety:
  • DO appropriately vaccinate your dog(s) before you head to the park. Health risks of parks are significantly decreased if vaccinations are current!
    • Distemper, Parvovirus, and Rabies are all viral  conditions that often require 3 year immunizations.
    • Bordatella, and Leptospirosis are bacterial conditions that often require 1 year immunizations (and are especially needed if frequenting dog parks).
    • Bordatella every 6 months or 1 year depends on the type/maker of vaccine used and your vet’s preferred protocol.
  • DON’T stay at the park if you see other dogs who are visibly sick.
    • Things to look for: repeated coughing; overly watery nose; crusty eyes.
  • DO keep an eye for fleas and ticks in the environment and leave if necessary.
    • If there are fleas and ticks, it is likely that they’ll appear on your dog even if flea/tick prevention is used. With flea and tick prevention however, they won’t survive (humans are also not good hosts for them so it’s low risk for you).
Behavior Etiquette:
  • DO observe what your dog(s) behavior is communicating.
    • Dog parks are not always the best places for dog play.
  • DON’T force socialization if they appear too scared or stressed.
    • Likewise, if it’s your dog(s) who is scaring or stressing others, that is not healthy dog play to allow to continue.
  • DO communicate with other dog owners if their dog(s)’ behavior is bothering yours (e.g. “please don’t let your dog hump my dog”)
    • It is is okay to have a friendly exchange. If your dog is communicating dislike, that is good – it tells the other dog to stop.
    • If other dog(s)’ behavior persists however, leave the park. Your dog being forced to react is what you want to avoid.
  • DON’T take your own treats or toys to the park. Some dogs will resource guard quickly and that is not healthy behavior.
    • If treats or toys are already at the park (or brought by others), just be mindful of dog behavior around them and leave if necessary.
Wag ‘n Learn: Dog Park Safety

Wag ‘n Learn: Dog Park Safety

Join Dr. Bowden, DVM from Health & Harmony Animal Hospital for our next Wag ‘n Learn topic: Dog Safety & Ettiquete. This is a FREE info session about a very important topic during a time many dog lovers frequent local dog parks to give their pups the freedom and fresh air they love (especially with the weather starting to cool down a bit). Keep your furry friends’ visits safe and pleasant with the help of Dr. Bowden’s expert advice on how to best use dog parks.

Come with or without your pup 😉 Pizza will be provided (for the humans of course)!

And as always, please feel free to get some park play time before and/or after our Wag ‘n Learn (member levels apply).

Breed Meetup: Beagles

Breed Meetup: Beagles

We are celebrating all Beagles (including mixes of that breed)! Come meet other Beagles & their human BFFs, get your pups some play time, and have a blast.

GET 50% OFF DAILY MEMBERSHIP AND GET ENTERED INTO A DRAWING TO WIN A PUPPRIZE!

Don’t forget to bring proof of vaccines if it’s your first time at Tail Wags. All pups who meet our member requirements are always welcome but the special offer only applies to our celebrated breed.

Not a Beagle? Hold your barks & stay tuned – we’re celebrating more breeds every month ?

Photo Star: Teddy

How To Train A Dog

How To Train A Dog

How To Train A Dog: 1 session, 90 min, NO DOGS ($25)

Back by popular demand and overwhelming positive feedback from past attendees!

Heather Luedecke from Delighted Dog Training Academy is back with a session that will cover the ‘why’ of training and behavior basics that will be the foundation to all the training you will ever do with your dog. If you know you need training, but aren’t sure where to start this session will jump start any training program you choose. She will cover the ground rules for group training, how to get your dog working and how to pay them, review the structure for building new behaviors, and discuss specific ways you can build training into your daily life so it is fun and easy. She will also explore the hierarchy of dog needs and how to apply it, and address reasons you do not need to use punishment in training. Finally, she will discuss some practical ways to improve manners, and reduce annoying behaviors right now! This session is also a great opportunity to meet Heather, and ask some basic questions.

Note to Members Only: your pups can join you if they’re not a distraction during class (feel free to come before/after for park play – member levels apply).

Breed Meetup: Huskies

Breed Meetup: Huskies

We are celebrating all Huskies (including mixes of that breed)! Come meet other Huskies & their human BFFs, get your pups some play time, and have a blast.

GET 50% OFF DAILY MEMBERSHIP AND GET ENTERED INTO A DRAWING TO WIN A PUPPRIZE!

Don’t forget to bring proof of vaccines if it’s your first time at Tail Wags. All pups who meet our member requirements are always welcome but the special offer only applies to our celebrated breed.

Not a Husky? Hold your barks & stay tuned – we’re celebrating more breeds every month ?

Photo Star: Koda

Breed Meetup: Small/Toy (<25 lbs.)

Breed Meetup: Small/Toy (<25 lbs.)

We are celebrating all Small/Toy breeds <25 lbs! Come meet other little ones & their human BFFs, get your pups some play time, and have a blast.

GET 50% OFF DAILY MEMBERSHIP AND GET ENTERED INTO A DRAWING TO WIN A PUPPRIZE!

Don’t forget to bring proof of vaccines if it’s your first time at Tail Wags. All pups who meet our member requirements are always welcome but the special offer only applies to our celebrated breed.

Not a Small/Toy breed? Hold your barks & stay tuned – we’re celebrating more breeds every month ?

Photo Star: Biscuit

Date Night: Members Only

Date Night: Members Only

Dog lovers need human time too. We’d like to take your pup for an evening of play anf furry fun while you enjoy a night out with good food, rinks and company. Here’s how it works:

-$12/dog ($4/additional dog; 3 max.)
-Drop-off @ 5-6pm & Pick-up @ 8-9pm
-Reservations required (limited spots available)
-Members only (to optimize dog comfort/behavior fit in our space)

**Our park & lounge will close at 5pm on Date Nights to be able to devote all our attention to your pups**

So have fun while we spoil your pup in a familiar and safe environment! When you get home, your pup should be ready to relax too. For reservations, email info@tailwagsplayground.com or call (614) 867-5151.

Please note: when reservations are made, we will notify you if any of your vaccination records need renewal. Tail Wags Playground retains sole discretion to deal with emergency matters and will contact you in the event your dog is ill, injured, or is behaving poorly with other dogs and/or staff. “Date Night” pet care applies between 5pm and 9pm. A strict penalty of $1/minute will apply for drop-off after 6:00pm and pick-up after 9:00pm.
Breed Meetup: Doodles

Breed Meetup: Doodles

We are celebrating all Doodles (including mixes of that breed)! Come meet other Doodles & their human BFFs, get your pups some play time, and have a blast.

GET 50% OFF DAILY MEMBERSHIP AND GET ENTERED INTO A DRAWING TO WIN A PUPPRIZE!

Don’t forget to bring proof of vaccines if it’s your first time at Tail Wags. All pups who meet our member requirements are always welcome but the special offer only applies to our celebrated breed.

Not a Doodle? Hold your barks & stay tuned – we’re celebrating more breeds every month ?

Photo Star: Nash

Introducing Playcare & Date Night

Introducing Playcare & Date Night

News

It’s hard to imagine that it’s been only five months since our grand opening. Time flies when you’re having a blast with man’s best friends (yes – the furry ones). When I opened Tail Wags, I knew there was a plethora of ‘ideas’ that would continue to make Tail Wags the best destination for dogs and dog lovers. But I also wanted our members to steer us in the right direction. In just five months we absorbed a lot of feedback and now, we’re ready to put a couple ideas into action… introducing Playcare and Date Night!

Playcare

One of the most common questions we get asked is “can I leave my dog playing in the dog park while I’m in the lounge?”. The answer was always “no”, but for valid reasons. Ones that have to do with the health, safety & happiness of dogs – what is at the heart of everything we do. You see, the behavior of dogs with and without their owners are very different. Add in the element of a unique environment and it can get downright confusing (“No Fido, this is not boarding, the vet clinic or daycare. Your mom/dad are NOT leaving you here!”).

We knew we couldn’t allow every new dog – still getting familiar with our space – to be separated from their loved humans while sensing they’re nearby without expecting some level of stress or anxiety. That changes the dynamic of a space that dog lovers want to enjoy with their dogs. So we stood by and observed, and learned, and observed again… It was important for us to see how dogs got familiar with our space; how they used it; and what makes some more or less comfortable in it.

Quickly, we learned that many of our members are ready for what we are calling Playcare: supervision of fur-kid play while their human is in our lounge (NOT daycare; dogs are not dropped off for the day). In fact, it’s your pups who will “show” us if they want and are ready for Playcare.

  • Dogs who are comfortable in park with Park Leaders can stay in park while owners are in lounge
  • Includes a max limit to encourage humans to join their pup for play (it’s that bond we love!)
  • Best environment for dogs is priority (unhappy dogs will be reunited with their humans)
  • Terms apply to optimize dog comfort/behavior fit (must read terms: please click here)

Playcare is perfect for work-from-home professionals or graduate students who no longer have to sacrifice play with their dogs while staying productive! It’s just one way we’re responding to your needs and keeping true to our values.

Date Night

Yet another way we’re going where you tell us. Last month we tested Date Night with a few participating members and collected feedback to refine what became an idea dog lovers get really excited about.

We believe dogs make the best company (especially yours!). But dog lovers need human time too. Every 2nd Friday of the month, we’d like to take your pup for an evening of play and furry fun while you enjoy a night out with good food, drinks and company. Here’s how it works:

  • $12/dog ($4/additional dog; 3 max.)
  • Drop-off @ 5-6pm & Pick-up @ 8-9pm
  • Reservations required (limited spots available)
  • Members only (to ensure dog comfort/behavior fit in our space)

Note: Our park & lounge will close at 5pm on Date Nights to devote all our attention to your pups.

You told us it’s nice to have a night off doggie duty from time to time and we couldn’t agree more. So have fun while we spoil your pup in a familiar and safe environment! When you get home, your pup should be ready to relax too.

Find these (and a “Tailgate Date” version for select OSU football games) on our calendar of events.

“We hope you’re as excited as we are. A big thank you to all members who have given us feedback & ideas. We listen closely. Hugs to the pups & see you soon!”

5 Months and Grateful

News

Five months ago, on March 19th, we had our official Grand Opening. We’re still “puppy” and much like them, we’ve already had lots of lessons to learn! We’re eternally grateful for how receptive the Columbus community has been to their very first indoor dog park and dog-friendly lounge. The local partnerships and support has been amazing… from Columbus Underground, to Fox28/Good Day Columbus, to Metropreneur and more – it’s local support like this that makes Columbus so pawesome. So it was just fitting to record a personal thank you from Steffanie, Jake & the entire Tail Wags team – enjoy!