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7 Tips for Using an Apartment Dog Park

7 Tips for Using an Apartment Dog Park

Did you know that Wichita is one of the best cities for dog owners in the US? According to Forbes, dog owners in Wichita pay the lowest prices for veterinary care and have easy access to pet stores and pet-friendly spaces.

If you are a renter in Wichita, you may even have the privilege of living in an apartment with a dog park. Dog parks allow owners to play with their dogs off-leash in a closed and controlled setting. Yet, there are some spoken and unspoken rules and recommendations for safe play. Not following these guidelines can result in your pup getting hurt or even contracting diseases or parasites. We created this guide to give you our top tips for enjoying your apartment dog park safely. And make sure you stick around until the end to learn more about pet-friendly apartment living in Wichita.

1. Respect the Rules

Most dog parks have rules posted outside the fence. These rules may include the dog park's hours and where your dog can be off-leash. Some parks may also have rules around the types of breeds that can play in the park.

These rules may seem arbitrary, but often, they are based on local ordinances. For example, Wichita has strict leash laws. You may have to be inside the dog park's fence before you can remove the leash. If you fail to follow the rules, you could be violating the law. That's why it is important to always respect any posted rules at your favorite dog park. Following the rules makes dog park play more fun for everyone!

a white dog is on a leash in the grass

2. Stay Up to Date With Vaccines

Sedgwick County requires all dogs living in the area to have updated rabies vaccines. You can get a rabies shot that renews annually or every three years. Your dog must wear a tag proving its updated shots at all times. Some dog parks may have additional requirements for parvo, distemper, and canine hepatitis vaccines. Check the posted dog park rules or call your apartment complex to ask about these requirements.

3. Supervise Your Pet at All Times

Dog parks are the best way to give your pup some freedom from his leash. But it is not a good idea to leave your dog unattended at a dog park. Make sure your furry friend is within your line of sight at all times. Leaving your dog unattended could be a threat to his safety and the safety of other dogs at the park. You never know when dogs are friendly and when they are aggressive. Supervising your dog can ensure your dog feels secure. For example, say your dog starts growling at another owner's pet. This is a sign that your pup feels uncomfortable and may need to be separated from the dog that is the source of his concern.

a woman and a dog are looking at each other

4. Give Other Dogs Space

Some dogs don't always play nice. This could be a symptom of aggression, but, like people, some dogs have bad days and dislike certain dog personalities. Luckily, there are ways to prevent a bad day from turning into a fight. Always give other dogs space when they're entering the dog park. Don't let two dogs on tight leashes interact until they are off-leash. Give other pets and their owners ample space when you are using the park together.

5. Bring Plenty of Water

100-degree days are on the rise in Wichita. Your dog can easily get overheated in these soaring temperatures, especially while he's exercising. That's why we recommend bringing plenty of water when you head to the dog park. Vets typically recommend keeping your dog hydrated with at least one ounce of water per pound of body weight. Your pup will need even more fluids when the temperatures start going up. You may also want to consider bringing your own water bowl. Some dog parks provide community water bowls.

a black dog with a pink collar on

6. Pick Up After Your Pet

We all know how annoying it is to accidentally step in dog poop before work. So, if there's one rule you can guarantee your dog park will have posted, it's to clean up after your pet. Bag all waste and dispose of it properly. Picking up pet waste isn't just important for keeping dog parks sanitary. It also helps keep your dog and other dogs safe. 

7. Have Fun!

At Berkshire Apartments and Townhomes, we love our pets! That's why all our spaces are pet-friendly for dogs and cats. We even have a fenced-in Bark Park where you and your pup can play and meet new furry friends. Our number one rule at the Bark Park is to have fun! Encourage your dog to play nice with others, meet your neighbors and fellow dog parents, and enjoy giving your dog some fun and freedom off the leash. As long as you follow our posted dog park rules and consider these seven tips, you and your furry friend can have a lot of fun while staying safe.

a couple of dogs that are walking in the grass


Living with pets is way more fun at an apartment with a dog park. An apartment dog park is the best way to bond with your furry friend. As long as you follow these tips, you and your pet can have a fun time together. Are you a dog owner searching for "pet-friendly apartments near me?" Berkshire Apartments and Townhomes in Wichita is proud to accept tenants with dogs and cats! Schedule a Tour of our pet-friendly spaces today!