•Terrific for high-energy dogs as the parks provide plenty of off-leash running and play time.
• Socialization with other dogs (and people as well)!
• Many dog parks provide an enclosed area within the park where you can train your dog off leash in a safe environment. This also helps train your dog to pay attention while surrounded by distractions.
• Dog parks provide valuable mental stimulation.
And the Cons:
• Injuries at dog parks are not infrequent. Some people bring aggressive not appropriately socialized dogs into the park - putting your dog in danger.
• Although dogs at the park should be free of parasites and disease, that's not always the case. Most dog parks require proof of immunization before granting a yearly membership. However, they may offer day passes which do not require proof of immunization. If this is the case, proceed with caution.
• Your dog may not enjoy dog parks. Some dogs experience stress or can be overwhelmed by dog parks (mine included!), but other dogs absolutely love the experience. Knowing your dog’s personality will help you make the right decision.