Welcome To Bark Park!

We are a 2- acre off-leash dog park dedicated to provide all of our canine friends a safe and fun place to play. Dog Parks are incredibly beneficial as they help socialize your dogs with other dogs and people, making them much better canine citizens!  Whether a local or a visitor to our area, you and your canine companions are welcome.

We are located on J D Miller Road just off Highway 98, one block west of the 331 and 98 intersection. Turn north and the park is on the right just across the street from the electrical transfer station.  For safety, and to enhance your dogs’ fun, there is a Little Dogs area and a Big Dogs area.

Right Breed of Guard Dog

Dogs are generally categorized in breeds. Each breed is special and adapted for specific purpose. It is thus very important to learn what type of dog breed you want to acquire with regards to the needs you have. Some breeds are more vicious, other docile, others trainable, big bodied, small and others friendly.

But what are the purposes that you want your dog to accomplish? We look at security as the main reason, companion, sledging, hunting, guarding other domestic animals, sometimes for breeding, scientific research or even dog fight contests and so on. Read more »

How to Tell Whether Your Dog is Suffering

When a dog changes demeanor and starts licking and biting itself more often than normal, you should be concerned. Observe it closely and check whether there are some noticeable changes. If on the following day its skin gets rougher and there is continuous biting and general discomfort on your dog, it is important you take action. However, before you take any robust action like visiting your vet, check the hygienic condition of the kennel. Check whether the bedding is clean and whether there is evidence of any parasites. Check whether the kennel is damp and after confirming the condition of the kennel is okay, you are a step closer to confirming that your dog is suffering from another skin condition.

Look closely at the skin of the dog. Check whether it has been infested by ticks, fleas or lice. It is important before you even start checking it, recall the last time your dog was treated for such parasites. Check whether it passed through pastures that had irritant plants like thorn apples. Check whether there are swellings or even bruises on the skin. If none of the above is present consider whether you recently introduced a new kind of food that could be causing some allergies on its skin.

In case you confirm your worry when it comes to foods, probably you fed it on a totally different diet, consider feeding it on what it’s used to. Introduce essential fatty acids, proteins and antioxidants like vitamin E on the diet. These serve to reduce the allergy and the itchiness on the skin of your dog. Incase you confirm a problem or maybe all these checks did not bear fruits for the second or third day and the condition of the skin is escalating, consider visiting a vet for check up. Chances are your dog is suffering from a skin condition for instance Dermatitis.

When Your Dog is Unwell

Having a dog as a pet can be pretty exciting. It is a very good companion and a good friend. However, your dog can get sick and this can be very frustrating. It is important to know when your dog’s health is not right. It can be difficult to tell but there are basic symptoms you can watch out for in your dog. One of the most common symptoms is decreased performance. When your dog is sick, it will display very little activity. Depending on how active your dog is, this is one symptom that is not difficult to notice. Another one is loss of appetite. You may notice that your dog is suddenly eating less or not eating at all. This can be a cause for concern. Have your dog checked out by a veterinarian to make sure it is not serious.

Your dog may also start to vomit constantly. It is quite normal for your dog to vomit once in a while but if he does so severally, especially in one day, something is wrong. You may also find that your dog is scratching all the time. Sometimes this may be due to ticks and fleas but it can also be due to some infection your dog has acquired. If you know that your dog is always clean and then suddenly he can’t stop scratching, it may be something serious. Arthritis is very common in dogs and this can start out as just stiff muscles and joints. If you see your dog having trouble staying up or rising form the couch, then it is time to have him checked. Always keep an eye out for these and other symptoms that may develop in your dog. The key to keeping your dog healthy at all times is to ensure that you take him to a veterinarian.

Preparing for a New Pet

Your pet is just not any other animal you are keeping in your home. Finding the right pet can mark the beginning of a lasting friendship and companionship which you must protect at whatever cost.  To ensure this happens, here are tips on how to prepare for your new dog pet.

l        First determine the kind of dog you want to keep as a pet.  To do this, you need to determine specifically why you need your pet for.  A pet can be that nice friend who always keeps you company and provide friendship no matter what.  Your reason for getting a pet can be that you need one to play with and spend time with while at home or even just as a decoration to liven up your home.

l        Secondly, determine how much time you have to spare for your pet.  Basically, different dog breeds will need different levels of attention and different kinds of care.  As such, it is important that you get a dog breed you can sufficiently care for without compromise.

l        Then, you need to prepare your home in readiness for the new family need.  As any other member of the family, your dog will need a play ground, a place to sleep, food, medical attention  as well as a loving family.  As such, you may be required to build a dog house, make arrangements for food and hire a veterinary for the provision of medical care.  It is also important to consult your family beforehand to prepare for the arrival of the dog.

l        The final step is to buy your pet. Having determined the kind you need, you need searching for dog breeds that satisfy such needs.   Depending on your location, it should not be difficult finding the most appropriate dog befitting your needs. Advisably, buy from licensed and accredited dog dealers.

Most Vicious Dog Breeds

While some dogs are quite mild, there are some terribly dangerous breeds that are regarded as the best guard dogs. They are double faced; one being a friendly one especially only to the owner and on the other hand, an aggressive, terribly dangerous face especially to strangers. To slightly befriend a vicious dog, a hint is; feed it – just a by the way.

There are some vicious breeds of canines that you ought to keep away from, some of which are known for their aggression towards strangers. Learn the most dangerous dogs you can have for your ultimate security below.

Pit bulls types; these are at least the top most dangerous breed of dogs in the world. They are the most sought after for their terrifying stature, fearlessness and tireless fighting. They are also strong breeds that can attack any kind of intruder and they are also incredibly brave.

German Shepherds; anyone who has ever seen military in action with dogs has seen a German shepherd. It is quite a common breed owing to its trainability, fearlessness and ability to learn, making them one of the best guard dogs.

Rottweiler; the problem with this breed of dog is hostility. If poorly trained, it can turn into a hostile dog and therefore it needs quite some intense training on how to avert and always control its viciousness, and to release it when absolutely necessary. It is famous for its immense power.

Huskies; Huskies are large, territorial dogs that confront any intruder viewed as a threat. Avoiding them is the way to be safe. They were historically trained for work and therefore not ideal as guard dogs.

Dalmatians; although quite spotted-beautiful, they are dangerous at the slightest provocation and are destructive too when idle or angry.

Puppy Training: The Essentials

So you want to buy a new Labrador puppy? Or are you already the owner of one? Training you new lab should take place around the time that it is weaned from its mother; usually around two months.  Labradors are very energetic animals all throughout their lives and they should be trained from the early years to avoid unwanted habits. When starting your Labrador puppy training, you should start with something simple. Something like locating his water and food dishes or his sleeping place is a good place to begin. Then you could train him about feeding time, after that you can house train your new pup. A lot can be achieved with small incremental steps.

I first acquired my Labrador Retriever around two years ago; I’ve never stopped training it as much as I possibly can. I feel a real sense of achievement for both me and my dog when I successfully train it a new and unique trick, movement, or rule.

You must also develop consistency with your Labrador puppy training methods, starting with your commands down to your reward and method of praising your puppy. It’s essential that consistency is observed to avoid confusing your puppy. It is also advised to only use positive reinforcement in training your pup because studies show that using negative reinforcement or punishment could cause aggression from your dog since it can interpret the punishment as a threat and react accordingly.

Now let’s start our Labrador puppy training session. Being larger than usual dogs, labs can already hold their bladder at an earlier age so you can immediately start potty training. Crating has had a bad reputation in dog training, that’s because a lot of people use crating as a form of punishment. At the outset of your Labrador puppy training, get your puppy to treat the crate as his safe haven. Never use the crate to punish your lab. The main idea behind crating is that dogs don’t mess up their sleeping area, so you should make the crate large enough so that he can turn and lie down but small enough that he won’t eliminate in one side then sleep in another. During your Labrador’s training period, you should leave your pup in the crate for a short while at first then longer and longer as the time goes on. This would teach your puppy to hold it in if he can’t find a proper place to eliminate.

Another important tool in your Labrador puppy training regimen is the leash. You need to train your lab to go outside right after leaving the crate. Once you open the door to the crate, put a leash on your puppy so that you can lead him to the place that you want him to eliminate in. After he does his business don’t forget to reward him with praise and a treats.

Another very important contributor to dog training is that you use facial recognition of trained methods being completed, and sometimes even by talking to your dog! It may sound stupid to some people, but using facial recognition to congratulate your dog while training Labrador Retrievers is an absolutely great way to encourage it to complete a trained trick or method at a later time.

In Labrador puppy training, the owner and the pet both benefit from the experience. The pet learns skills that are essential to being a good pet; the owner understands the need of his pet; while both of them are growing a bond that could last for years. Labs are very good pets and they are very amiable and well-mannered with proper training.