Off Leash Parks

Does your dog enjoy off leash parks?  How do you know?  It’s important to know your dog and to pay attention to their body language/ signals, no matter how subtle they may be.

Not every dog enjoys off leash parks and that’s okay.  It doesn’t mean your dog is “off.”

While at off leash parks your dog may exhibit some of the following stress signals: avoidance of other dogs, looking to be picked up or hiding behind you, lip licking, and vocalizing/whining to name a few.  Your dog is trying to tell you something. “Rescue me.”

While your dog may just be the “meet and carry on” type, be prepared for some butt sniffing regardless.  It’s what they do.  Sniffing is a huge way dogs get the information they need to process a situation or another animal.

It’s important for “breaks” during play with other dogs.  Dogs can become over stimulated (and quickly) during play so it’s best to take mini breaks.  Having a good recall in place with high value treat rewards work well.

Dogs communicate with us all the time.  The key is to pay attention and stay in tune.

Happy playtime!

By Amanda Elliott, Veterinary Assistant


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Last updated: September 13, 2021

Dear Clients,

The province of Nova Scotia will enter Stage 5 of the COVID re-opening plan on September 15. Here is what Stage 5 will look like at Clayton Park Veterinary Hospital:

  • Masks are required for all clients entering our hospital, as well as for all our staff
  • Telemedicine appointments are available to anyone who cannot wear a mask inside our hospital
  • 1 client per exam room allowed (exceptions will be made for end of life procedures)
  • Credit cards are the preferred method of payment
  • Curbside pickup of food and medication is still available. Please call ahead of time so that we can have your order ready upon your arrival. A reminder that we require 48 hours notice for food and prescription orders. To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".

    Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Friday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed


    Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - Your dedicated team at Clayton Park Veterinary Hospital