Now that the weather has become warmer and the days are getting longer, it’s baseball season! And unlike most other sports, Major League Baseball welcomes dogs to attend select games around the country.
If you’d like to bring your dog to the ballpark, first determine if he’s ready by answering the following questions:
- Is my dog well socialized? If so, he should get along well with other dogs and people, and crowds should not frighten him.
- Is my dog leash trained? A leashed-trained dog does not pull at the lead or lunge at other dogs or people.
- Is my dog okay with loud noises? Baseball games can be rowdy events, so dogs who attend should not be sound sensitive.
If you’ve answered the previous questions in the affirmative, you’re almost there! To ensure your dog’s safety—and the well-being of other spectators—while at the ballpark:
- Use a 4- to 6-foot leather or nylon leash to help keep him under control around other people and their dogs.
- Bring along plenty of fresh water to keep him hydrated.
- Apply sunscreen to protect him from sunburn; light-colored and shorthaired dogs are especially prone to sunburn.
- Watch carefully for signs of overheating, such as excessive panting.
- Take frequent potty breaks, and dispose of waste properly.
- Keep him from eating inappropriate items, such as human food debris.
- Never leave him unattended.
- Reward him for good behavior with treats, like Nylabones.
Even with just a team of two, you and your dog can hit a home run at the ballpark when you make safety a priority! Here is a listing of 2012 Major League Baseball Dog-Friendly Events