How to Create a Play Date for Your Dog in Asia
Published on: June 7, 2018 | Author: Starwood Animal Transport
One of the biggest concerns for parents moving to a new country is how they will help their children make new friends in a foreign land. Especially if their new home is very “foreign” – say, someplace in Asia. And it’s not only your human kids – you want your dog to make new friends as well. Play dates are a great way to introduce your pup (and yourself) to local dogs, people, and places.
Since dogs are pack animals, most of them take naturally to group play. But a successful play date isn’t the same as running amok. There are some general “rules of the road” that apply no matter where you live. The following tips will help if you plan to host a doggie play session. They are also factors you should consider before accepting an invitation elsewhere or trying out an unknown location for the first time.
- Ideally, there should be one owner per dog, to ensure best supervision.
- Whether the location is your back yard or a public space, a little advance dog-proofing will keep play and pets safe. That includes removing dangerous objects, but in a new country it is essential you also learn about potentially poisonous plants that may grow nearby and tempt canine browsers.
- Be prepared with dog essentials, at home or on the go. That includes water, a portable dish, sunscreen for tender exposed areas, and poop bags.
- Do your homework to learn local petiquette
With all that in mind, here are some ideas to help you create a play date in Asia both you and your furry friend will enjoy.
There’s an app for that – wouldn’t you just know! It’s called Meet My Dog. The developers (dog owners, of course) are headquartered in Osaka, but their app is popular in the US, Canada, and Europe as well. The app aims to connect “compatible” dog owners based on locale as well as pet size, age, etc. There are a number of formal breed-based dog clubs in Japan, but the Meet My Dog team wanted to offer a free, less time-consuming alternative.
And speaking of time, if you find your new life in Japan to be overly-hectic, your dog can still have the time of his life at one of the growing number of dog nursery schools. Yep. Drop Fido off in the AM, and he’ll have a full day of play time, potty and obedience training, naps, and treats.
Singapore is one of Asia’s most dog-friendly countries. It may be a comparatively small island, but it’s big on play date opportunities for your dog. You can go, too. For example, there are three different types of dog parks, many with nearby dog-friendly cafés and bars.
Officially-designated dog runs are spaces specifically created for off-leash doggie romps. Look for these, but there are others, too:
- Bishan Park Dog Run
- Katong Park Dog Run
- West Coast Dog Run
- K9 Kulture
Singapore also features a number of dog-friendly parks, where your pooch is welcome to play, just not off-leash. East Coast Parkway and Labrador Nature Reserve are a couple of options. There are also open spaces where dogs can go when they just wanna have fun (and meet other dogs to play with). One of the most popular spots is Tanjong Beach Club.
Did you know that Singapore is home to several dogs-only swimming pools? It’s true. Check out this list of 30 fun things to do with dogs, and you’re bound to meet other dog-lovers and their four-legged friends.
Chiang Mai Dog Lovers Play Group is Thailand’s official Meetup for dog/owner play dates. You’re invited to socialize, “gain insight, share ideas, relax with your dog, and just have fun.” (By the way, Meetup hosts doggie get-togethers in many other countries, too, across Asia and beyond.)
BetterDog Canine Behavior Center has it all. Their facility includes an amazing hotel (sorry, for dogs only) and a huge grooming salon in addition to their training and behavior counseling services. Most fun of all? They host a dog park gathering every Sunday. You and your pooch are invited.
These ideas represent just a smattering of opportunities around Asia for creating canine play dates. Most of these suggestions have universal appeal, so they can be adapted to match your local resources and canine culture. It’s all about meeting new people and pets. So make a date, then get out there and play! Woof!
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