Because I’m the paranoid parrot, I like to be prepared for any unexpected circumstances, living up to the phrase “expect the unexpected” 🙂
Before heading down to Bishan Dog Run, to be better prepared (first time owner here lah!), I read plenty of articles and blog posts such as:
1. Sam’s adventure to Bishan Dog Run
2. Reegan and Quinton’s outing to Bishan Dog Run
3. Some comments on Petschannel about an aggressive Saint Bernard and Do’s and Don’ts at the Dog Park based on what different owners feel
4. A redditor’s view of dog park etiquette with points I mostly agree with
And lastly my favourite of them all (because it’s hilarious how some people think so highly of themselves – case in point an angmo dude): The case of Yoda and Mocha at the dog park
When I finally mustered the courage (and time) to bring Cotton, all my fears were set aside as the dogs were all super friendly, and Cotton could well manage on her own.
We went on an off peak period so there weren’t many dogs around. Aside from the puppy or two who didn’t quite understand personal space yet, Cotton did relatively okay with the older dogs who understood what she was saying.
The dog run is separated into two parts – the big dog run and small dog run. From what I see, it seems quite acceptable to bring your small dog into the big dog run, but of course not the other way around. Scheduled dogs and their crosses must also be muzzled (as per AVA’s rules) and there’s a tap near the entrance of the dog run to fill up doggy bowls! 🙂
The first time we went, a beagle actually went through my bag to take out a toy I brought for Cotton 😛 Smart boy! I didn’t take any photos the first time as I still wasn’t sure how park dynamics worked. I didn’t want to be that owner who doesn’t pay attention and gets their dog into trouble 😀 (sometimes I feel that I contribute a lot to Cotton’s defensiveness because of the nervous/anxious energy I’m projecting — needa work on that!)
The second time however.. Was a totally different story 😀
It was also invigorating to see how dogs communicate to each other on a primal level, something that I don’t get to see often! Once, this toy poodle puppy came to mount Cotton and an entire pack of dogs came to discipline him haha 😀
Someone actually told me that Bishan Dog Run is infested with ticks, however on the few times we went, Cotton came back tick free and relatively clean apart from the sand on her paws! But then again, in the past 9 months I’ve only picked one tick off her (a baby sesame seed size one), so perhaps it could be the neem oil in her shampoo chasing them away 😛
Although Bishan Dog Run is fun, I still prefer going to the beach cause it’s more relaxing for us humans 😀
Can’t wait to bring Cotton to other dog parks in Singapore!
Jamie and Cotton
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