Friday, February 12, 2010

Hooksett Dog Park, A Place To Howl About

If you live in Manchester, NH, the closest fenced-in dog park is on 45 Fordway Street in Derry, but since we like variety, we checked out Hooksett Dog Park,located at 101 Merrimack Street by Hooksett District Court

This park has been open since November 2009, and has two adjoining fenced-in areas filled with agility obstacles and tunnels, poop stations with bags and disposal bins, and an open shed with benches for owners and/or dogs who need to take a break or get away from inclement weather. 

If you visit Hooksett Dog Park (or any other dog park) please keep these park rules in mind:

1. Make sure your dog is spayed or neutered, has all her shots, and is in good health. Under no circumstances should you take a sick dog to a dog park!

2. Do not use the dog park as a substitute for a walk!

3. Be aware of your dog at all times, and take responsibility for her behavior.

4. A calm-submissive dog will not attract another dogs aggression, but an excited dog, a weak, timid dog, or an aggressive dog can become a fight-magnet.

5. Know your dog! If your dog has poor social skills, is overly fearful, or is dog-aggressive, or if you have not yet established your calm-assertive leadership with your dog, find a more controlled way to introduce her to the company of other dogs, such as play dates with one or two other dog owners.


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