Why Take a Trip to a Denver Dog Park

Dog Park

You need to walk the dog. You know you need to walk the dog. You may not know that many problems in dogs are caused by a lack of physical and mental exercise. There a few more benefits to walking your dog in addition to having a poop free environment. Think about how much better we feel when get out-of-doors for a little activity and fresh air.

I know your dog looks adorably domestic in his new sweater, but the fact is that dogs that spend too time alone napping on couches and eating food from bowls-no hunting or scavenging required, become bored, lonely and fat. They have excess energy and no way to get rid of it, so it's not surprising that they often come up with activities on their own. Have you ever come home to find bits and pieces of your most prized treasures strewn across your living room?

Dogs were born to lead active lives. They've worked alongside people for thousands of years, hunting game, herding and protecting livestock, and controlling vermin. The Denver area offers some pretty nice alternative to just taking the spin around the usual block or two. To keep your dog happy, healthy and out of trouble, you'll need to find ways to exercise her brain and body. If she enjoys the company of other dogs, a visit to your local dog park can greatly enrich her life.

Your dog can zoom around off-leash to her heart's content, investigate new smells, wrestle with her dog buddies and fetch toys until she happily collapses. Many dogs are so mentally and physically exhausted by a trip to the dog park that they snooze for hours afterwards. Dogs are like us, highly social animals, and many enjoy spending time with their own species. At the dog park, your dog gets practice reading a variety of other dogs' body language and using her own communication skills, and she gets used to meeting unfamiliar dogs on a frequent basis. These valuable experiences can help guard against the development of fear and aggression problems around other dogs. Your dog isn't the only one who can enjoy a dog park. You can too.

Here are some of Pet Scoop's favorites:

Stapleton Dog Park
2002 N. Spruce St
Denver, CO 80238
(303) 388-0724

Chatfield State Park
11500 N. Roxborough Park Road
Littleton, CO 80125
(303) 791-7275

Cherry Creek State Park Off Leash Dog Area
4201 S. Parker Road
Aurora, CO 80014
(303) 690-1166

Railyard Dog Park
19th St
Denver, CO 80202

Josephine Gardens Dog Park
Colfax Ave. and Josephine St
Denver, CO 80206

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10 Interesting Things About Your Dog

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How well do you know your dog?

Though you may spend day in, day out and night after night with your furry best friend, we've found a list of 10 interesting things about your dog that you may not know.  

1. Tail wagging is its own language

When your dog excitedly wags its tail, it definately means they are happy to see you, right? Hold on.  Discovery.com says, that a dog wags its tail to the right when they're happy and to the left when they're frightened. Also wagging low means they're unsure; and a rapid tail combined with tense muscles or dilated pupils can signal aggression.

2. Your dog has the intellect of a two year old

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 3. Dogs only have sweat glands in their paws

Even though they sweat out through the pads of their paws, their main form of cooling down is panting. Panting helps to circulate air through their bodies.

4. Why your dog's feet might smell like corn chips

Some pet parents might notice the faint scent of corn chips or popcorn lingering around their dog. This is called "frito feet," and it happens when bacteria and sweat builds up in the paws.

5. "Doggie breath" is actually not healthy

So you might expect your dog's mouth to smell, well, like dog. But persistent bad breath can actually be a sign of health problems or dental disease.  If you don't already, have your dog's teeth examined every year.

6. Dogs have a "sixth sense"

In a 2010 poll, 67 percent of pet parents reported their pets acting strangely right before a storm, and 43 percent said their pets behaved oddly right before something bad happened. The top clues? Whining, erratic behavior, or trying to hide in a safe place. There are even reports that dogs can sense illnesses, like cancer.

7. Puppies are born blind and deaf

Newborn dogs are still developing, Psychology Today tell us, so their ear canals and eyes are still closed. Most puppies open their eyes and respond to noises after about two weeks.

8. Dogs don’t feel guilt

Jealous maybe, but researchers have found those puppy dog eyes are not a sign of guilt. In fact they are just the way we perceive the dog’s reaction to being scolded.

Alexandra Horowitz, from Barnard College in New York found all dogs looked ‘guilty’ after being told off for eating a forbidden treat like a biscuit - and those who were wrongly accused often looked more ‘guilty’ than those who really deserved to be in the dog house.

9. Dogs CAN see in color

It’s a common fallacy that dogs can only see in black and white but they can actually see colors - just not as vividly as we can.

Dogs only have two cones in their eyes to detect colors, whereas we have three. That means dogs see colors on a blue and yellow scale but cannot distinguish between red and green. This gives them the ability so see better at night.

10. It's not abnormal for dogs to eat feces

Yucky, yucky, yucky. Dogs often eat their own poop (and other fecal matter).  Though it seems gross, the ASPCA says it's perfectly normal, stemming from their pre-domestication days thousands of years ago. More common in puppies, older dogs usually grow out of it, although some do it into adulthood.

We believe that the pet food that you purchase for your dog is a better choice for nutrition in the 21 century. To avoid this problem, pick up pet waste. We can help with this one.

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The Inside Scoop - December Bios

We thought you may like to get to know your scoopers better: Most clients are at work when we service their yards; therefore, we started this feature article at the beginning of this year. Each month 2-3 techs and/or office staff are profiled. Did you miss the article featuring your tech? Check out the techs featured in January, February, March, April, May, June, JulyAugust , September, October, & November.
Brian B.
Commercial Tech
With Pet Scoop since 02/08/2012

I was born in Iowa but have lived in Colorado since I was 10 years old. I think of Colorado as my home state. I enjoy art & like to paint. My favorite hobby is model railroading. Actually, most of my spare time is spent on model railroading.

Residential Tech
With Pet Scoop since 08/10/2012

I am 5'7", 118 pounds (soaking wet)¸ brown hair, brown eyes. I enjoy long walks on the beach, pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, I'm not into yoga, and I have half a brain……
Oh sorry, I got distracted. Anyway…I have been working at Pet Scoop for 3 months now and enjoy what I do. I love working with dogs! I am wanting to become a music producer, I love music. I am also known as Snowflake.
(As you can read, he is a bit of a comedian also.)

Greg K.
Residential Tech
With Pet Scoop since 11/13/12

After finishing college in Virginia, I moved back here were I grew up. I worked for Pet Scoop a few years ago and have just started back here again. I decided I would like to work here again because it is relaxing and I really enjoy seeing great dogs everyday! I like to spend my spare time backpacking, skateboarding, and traveling. This past summer, I got the opportunity to backpack for 2 weeks in the Sequoia National Forest with a good friend. If you ever see me in your yard, please don't hesitate to say hello. I look forward to meeting you.

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10 Reasons Your Dog's Haircut Costs More Than Yours

10. Your hairdresser doesn't wash and clean your rear end.

9. You don't go for 8 weeks without washing or brushing your hair.

8. Your hairdresser doesn't have to give you a sanitary trim.

7. Your hairdresser doesn't have to clean your ears.

6. Your hairdresser doesn't have to clean boogies from your eyes.

5. You sit still for your hairdresser.

4. Your haircut doesn't include a manicure or pedicure.

3. Your hairdresser only washes and cuts the hair on your head.

2. You don't bite or scratch your hairdresser. (I hope not anyway).

And the Number 1 reason your dog's haircut costs more than yours....

1. The likelihood of you pooping or peeing while your hair is being cut is extremely slim.

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