9 dog park rules you should never, ever break

Always pick up your dog's poop. As in, always

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Dog parks are magnificent places. As the manager of my favorite local off-leash hangout likes to say, "A dog lives to do two things: Chase and be chased." In a dog park, Fido can live the dream. And for us humans, there's nothing quite like the sight of a pack of happy dogs to make one feel … well, happy.

But dog parks can also be a nightmare. In the decades I have been visiting such places, I've run into a few filthy, untended parks that lack the basic necessities like water bowls and a garbage bin for the poop bags. Or, for that matter, poop bags themselves. (Not all dog people can be relied upon to bring their own.) I have also witnessed some serious confrontations, both physical and verbal. And it's not always the dogs doing the fighting.

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