Why We Chose An Alternative To Dog Parks

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Before adopting Brickle, I never took my past furkids to dog parks. We had plenty of land and room to run around. They had the life!

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We often joked that they clocked in when we left for work to my grandparents’ house thru the orange grove, and clocked out at 5 p.m when we got home from work. Skanky and Mr. Scotty didn’t like car rides and tolerated other dogs.Their lives revolved around their land and us. I used to drive by dog parks and they seemed so unnecessary to me. Until Peanut Butter Brickle came into our lives.

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Brickle was an energetic puppy who loved, loved, loved other dogs. I knew right away that I alone would not be enough for him. I knew he needed others. And I didn’t want him to be lonely. I knew nothing about dog parks! But I took him anyway, and within five minutes, I was being coached by other dog parents on etiquette and manners. He caught on right away. Until that one instance when another dog parent didn’t like his puppy playing and you guessed it…it didn’t go over too well when he yelled at my boy. However, I still took Brickle to the park, and even after adopting Digby, we made it our routine to go often.

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Brickle and Digby were totally different than our other dogs. And I found it to be a bit stressful dealing with not only the chance of fights (mostly between people) but Digby was a bolter! Once free, his hound dog nose could take him miles away. Then, one day, someone didn’t look at the dog park gate as he ran out. Brickle got him back, but it gave me a heart attack. It was a long time before we went back.

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Over the years, it’s become a treat to take the boys to dog parks. Being full time travelers though presents a set of challenges. One of which is not knowing an area, rules or dangers associated. But…we keep going. They need exercise and really, being on leash all the time is no way for anyone to live.

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Then, over the last year, Digby brought another set of challenges to the dog park. His humping antics were out of control. You can try and tell me I should have trained them, and I’ll listen.But if you know this Blog, you know I gave up on that a long time ago! I prefer they be individuals and happy. Not ordered around.That being said, I also recognize that you can’t infringe on others or put them in danger.That’s my responsibility. And the last time we went to a dog park? I threw up my paws and vowed never again when I had to put Digby back on his leash in ten minutes after another humpfest and stern talking to by another dogparent. This wasn’t enjoyable. For anyone. That’s when we were contacted by a company called Sniffspot.

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At first, I didn’t understand what Sniffspot was about and how it was going to make a lot of dog parents’ lives easier.This was an extremely new concept. And like all new concepts, we have to learn and see how it can benefit us. Also, right about this time, we met a dog named Molly at camp.

Molly is a big, beautiful Great Dane. Molly needs exercise, but, like many of us, Molly has some issues with fear and other dogs. Without exercise, this is worse. And I knew that other dogs like Molly really needed Sniffspot. This was genius. And I don’t say that often.

How does Sniffspot explain who they are?

According to their website, Sniffspot is “designed for safe exercise and training for reactive dogs.” Sniffspot “enables your pup to get the exercise they need in the safety of a private area.”

But even if your dog is not reactive, it is still a wonderful resource! When traveling, you can search yards in that area, and book by the hour.  How is Sniffspot different than a traditional dog park?  Why is it better for some dogs?

“Screening of owners: Sniffspot verifies all guests via their email and credit card. Hosts also review guests, so that guests can develop a positive or negative reputation based on their behavior. This way guests can have assurances that any other guests using the space are legitimate and conscientious.

Screening of dogs: Sniffspot requires that all dogs have verification of vaccinations and certification that they are free of parasites and fleas. Additionally, the guest review system captures the behavior of their pooches, ensuring that any other dogs you meet at a sniff spot will be well behaved.

Limited use: Each sniff spot has a maximum number of dogs allowed to ensure they will not be overcrowded. Additionally, you can control how many dogs will be there with you. If you want a private visit, you can book a private visit. This gives you complete control over your experience at sniff spots.”

We often talk of 2 Traveling Dogs as being a community. And we are.  That’s where we can help each other! As dog parents, if you have a fenced yard or property, you can sign up to be a host.  Because as awesome as Sniffspot is, they need more hosts to add to their website!  So right now if you sign up to be a host and use code 2TD, you will receive $15 after your first review!  What are the benefits of being a host?

“Have fun with dogs! Hosting a sniff spot is a great way to make dogs happy. You are not required to be home or meet dogs coming to your sniff spot, but you can!

Earn passive income! Sniffspot is one of the only ways you can make money with no incremental work. Just let people use your yard or land and collect income. Some hosts are earning more than $1000 per month.

Expand or start a pet business! Hosting a sniff spot is a great way to for dog walkers or dog sitters to grow their revenue per customer and get more customer leads.

Safety first! Vaccinations required, waiver, $1M Host Protection Insurance for liability, damage protection.”

Sheriff Brickle approves of this legal stuff.

Just this past week, the veterinarian told us that although Digby needs exercise, he does not want him visiting dog parks in order to avoid injury. We know other dog parents are in this same situation. So we owe our thanks to Sniffspot!

Next Friday, weather cooperating, we will be reporting to you live on our Facebook page as we visit a local sniff spot!

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Are you ready to give your dog the exercise he or she needs, deserves, and is craving?

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As an extra incentive, we have a giveaway for new hosts! Once you sign up to be a host in the month of June with code 2TD, you will be entered in our drawing! One new host will get:

2 bottles of organic dog shampoo from 4-Legger!

2 bags of organic dog treats from 4Legz

One pair of grooming gloves from HandsOn Gloves!

A winner will be randomly picked on July 5, 2019 and contacted by July 10, 2019.

We sincerely hope that if you have been turned off by dog parks like we have, that you will find this alternative a fun one! And if you have a yard or your own property, let’s all help each other out as dog parents to provide this alternative for others!

-Rachael Johnson

Co-Founder, 2 Traveling Dogs and Your Dog’s Diner

Although this post is sponsored and we received compensation, all opinions are our own. 

One thought on “Why We Chose An Alternative To Dog Parks

  1. barbara Sevrens

    I don’t take Rocco to a dog park. I think it would be overwhelming for him. Sounds like a good idea for parents who don’t like dog parks. You have control over who is in your home. Hope Digby is getting better. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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