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Dog parks can be a terrific opportunity for pet owners looking for a safe place to socialize their dogs and get them some daily exercise. Before taking your dog to the park—especially during the summer months—follow these expert tips for making your visit as enjoyable (and safe) as possible.

Remember to follow park rules and regulations, take age-appropriate dogs, ensure your pet has up-to-date vaccines, is wearing a collar and ID tags, and has plenty of water to drink. Avoid heading to the park during peak temperatures and always monitor your dog for signs of heat exhaustion.

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