The Concept of "Dog Parks" was well intended but a bad idea, especially when dogs are allowed to run off-leash. We do not and never have taken our Bulldogs to dog parks and do forewarn families who purchase a Bulldog from us the dangers of these places and why we cannot be responsible should something happen at a Dog Park.
Many cities are now setting up Off-Leash Dog Parks and while the idea of letting your Bulldog go to socialize and exercise sounds wonderful we will explain further why we do not condone going and why it's not only dangerous but a health risk.
Common contagious diseases your Bulldog is susceptible to at dog parks... Please remember if you are going to take your Bulldog to Dog Parks NEVER take a Puppy who is not Fully Vaccinated with 3 sets of puppy vaccines and rabies which should be completed by 16 weeks of age at the latest.
Kennel cough is caused by a combination of highly contagious viruses
and bacteria. It's a form of bronchitis and due to the narrow trachea Bulldogs have they are highly susceptible to developing Pneumonia and this not treated correctly and promptly can be fatal for a Bulldog. Canine distemper
Canine distemper is a viral disease that can be easily spread at dog
parks. Dogs usually become infected through virus particles
in the air or in the respiratory secretions of infected dogs. Canine parvovirus
Caused by the canine parvovirus
type 2 is spread by direct contact between dogs. It can also spread
via contaminated stool, surfaces, bowls and even soil. Parvo can also live for 1 year in Grass and Soil another reason why Dog Parks are a huge health risk to your Bulldog. Canine influenza
Dogs can get the flu, too. Canine influenza is a relatively new
disease in dogs is spread through respiratory secretions.
Ticks, fleas and mites pose risks to your Bulldog in social
settings at Dog Parks.
Fungal organisms (blastomycosis, histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis,
coccidioidomycosis, etc.) in the soil can infect dogs when they eat or
sniff contaminated soil.
Intestinal parasites, Such as Coccidia,Giardia, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and
tapeworms lay eggs that are passed through the dog's stool and infect
other dogs when they eat contaminated soil, lick contaminated fur or
paws or drink water contaminated with the stool from infected dogs. Tapeworms are spread when dogs eat fleas and lice infected with tapeworms
Leptospirosis is a disease caused by Leptospira bacteria. The
bacteria are shed in the urine of infected animals. Animals usually become infected by drinking contaminated water or coming into
contact with contaminated soil or food. We also DO NOT recommend and support the Lepto Vaccine as it has caused Septic arthritis on Bulldogs Joints! Ringworm
Ringworm isn't a worm at all. It is
actually due to a fungal infection of the skin and can be spread by
contact with an infected dog, bedding or something that has come in
contact with the infected dog. The fungus can also survive in the soil.
Fertilizers and pesticides
A dog park's environment may also put your dog's health at risk. Avoid letting your pet walk, run, play or roam in areas that have
recently been treated with fertilizers or pesticides.
Toxic plants can cause a variety
of illnesses. Some ornamental plants can be very toxic to animals. Cocoa
mulch, for example, is toxic to dogs
Papilloma Virus is very
nasty looking warts that will appear on your Bulldogs mouth,lips,chin
they can even spread to other parts of the body that are licked like the
feet. Papilloma is Highly contagious and is spread via Saliva which
they can pick up easily drinking from communal Water Bowls at Dog
Parks! There is no cure for Papilloma removal of the warts can cause
more to reoccur it will generally take a few months for these warts to
go away but they are contagious for up to 6-12 months after they are
DOG PARK FIGHTS POSE GREAT DANGER
When a group of dogs (3 or more) are allowed to run together in an area
where there are no strong pack leaders (human pack leaders), they
instinctively try to establish a rank order (or pecking order). If there
are several dogs that want to assume a certain rank within this new
pack there are often problems. Too often this results in dog fights to
determine what rank a dog will assume.
It is a mistake to assume that every dog in the park is a well-mannered,
well-trained pet. Just because it playing with other dogs does not mean
that it will play with your dog. The issue of rank has already been
settled with these other dogs and the game may be going according to
their rules. Your dog will not know the rules and can easily get into
trouble. To often when a fight breaks out between your dog and the
leader of this pack the other dogs in the pack will also jump in and go
after your dog.
While some breeds are predisposed to fight more than others, every breed
has it's own bullies. There are too many people out there that don't
come close to the label of being a “responsible pet owner.” With the
number of fighting breeds growing, the risks of taking your Bulldog to one
of these parks is growing every day.
Pet owners should know that once a puppy or adult dog has been attacked
by another dog, it will become a dog aggressive animal itself. This
only has to happen one time for a permanent temperament change to occur
in some dogs. If you can't control your dog at home or on a walk how will you ever control this dog when it's in a dog park with 20 other dogs.
There should be parks for small dogs and parks for large dogs.
Allowing very small dogs to run with large dogs can be a very
dangerous situation for the small dog. The average pet owner has no idea
how to break up a dog fight. They also can't comprehend how quickly a
large dog can kill or seriously injure a small dog.
Be a responsible owner!
While we do not or will never recommend taking your Bulldog to Off-Leash dog parks if you do decide you would like to take your Bully please remember 100% of your focus should be on your Bulldog and the best time to go would be off peak hours.