21 Mar CBD and Dog Park Visits
Taking your dog to the dog park can be a great way to help with socialization. While those visits are fun, some dogs might find it a little stressful and older dogs might have trouble running around. Some pet parents are considering combining CBD and dog park visits to support calm socialization and easier movements.
When to Combine CBD and Dog Park Visits
Not every dog will need CBD before going to the dog park. If you notice that your dog is a little too hyper or rambunctious around other dogs, CBD might support a calmer response when encountering other dogs. Of course, you want your dog to get along well with others and enjoy his or her time at the dog park, but manners also matter.
If you give your dog CBD dog treats or soft chews, you’ll want to do so about 45 minutes before going to the dog park. Factor in your travel time. Edible CBD dog products require digestion, so sometimes about 30 minutes before heading out works well.
If you prefer to give your dog CBD oil or tinctures, you can do so right when you get to the dog park. Oral CBD options are fast delivery methods and help the CBD enter the bloodstream a little faster.
Helping your Dog Play
If you have an aging dog that has trouble getting around but still enjoys playing, CBD may support smoother and easier movements. Dogs that experience pain may also be a little grumpy around younger, more playful dogs. CBD may support calmer responses to the boisterous younger dogs and allow your dog to interact a little easier.
It’s a good idea to keep dogs that do have trouble moving away from the more rambunctious dogs. This prevents agitation and potential injury. The same practice is a good idea if you have a particularly small dog.
Adjusting to Social Environments
Your dog’s first trip to a dog park is exciting, stressful and happy all at the same time. This can increase feelings of anxiety and/or stress. It’s okay to keep your dog close and restrict his or her interactions a bit for their first few visits. CBD and dog park visits can be a good combination, especially to help your dog adjust to new “friends”, smells, new humans and the new surroundings. It’s a big deal for a dog to be in a social environment – especially one with open space.
How Much CBD to Give your Dog
CBD dosage for pets is much different than it is for humans. Before using CBD and dog park visits together, make sure you know how much CBD your dog might need. A small dose (minimal dose) is 0.05 mg per pound. A moderate dose is 0.125 mg per pound and the strongest dose is 0.25 mg per pound.
Please review our CBD Dosage Guide for Pets for additional guidance.
A trip to the dog park should be a welcomed experience by your dog. He or she should look forward to playing with other fur friends and playing in a space just for them. Not all dogs look forward to these field trips, but CBD may support their ability to interact better and have a good time.