A Day at the Dog Park with Canine Commander and News12

Long Island pet owners rejoice at the opening of the new Town of Oyster Bay Dog Park in Massapequa. To celebrate this new recreational venue for both large and small dogs, Chris Hanley, president of Canine Commander, joined News12 reporter Erin Colton for a day at the dog park. Part of the 12 Weeks of Summer: Dog Parks series on News12, visited the new dog park to learn tips on dog park etiquette and more.

The day at the dog park also featured John Venditto, the Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor, his wife Chris, and their dachshund Brenda. Chris Hanley gave John, Chris, and, Brenda tips on how to help with Brenda’s desire to be picked up, but not wanting to be help. Chris Hanley suggested Brenda’s issue may be due to trust, age, and, comfort zone. To help, Chris Hanley suggested the Vendittos’ should strengthen the dachshunds ‘come’ command.

Also present was Peggy Hickey-Heijmen, a board member of LI-Dog, a non-profit organization that works to create dog parks and other public spaces where dogs and their owners can visit and enjoy. Peggy stressed the importance of spending a day at the dog park by pointing out how visiting these facilities with your pet can help with socialization. We agree and consider it our top tip for new puppy owners, read about more dog training and ownership advice in our article and video, “Tips for New Puppy Owners.”

Long Island Veterinary Specialist Dr. Shadi Ireifej shared his knowledge about dog safety. He recommended dog owners do a full inspection of their pet after visit dog parks and outdoor facilities. Specifically dog owners should look for wound and ticks. Dr. Ireifej also recommended not letting your dog eat the following foods; Chocolate, Gum, Avocado, and Raisins and grapes.

Watch our video “A Day at the Dog Park with Canine Commander and News12” on the Canine Commander YouTube channel. Long Island pet owners can contact Canine Commander to learn more about the Long Island dog training and boarding services provided by Canine Commander.

The Dog Park in Massapequa

Among the amenities at the park are doggie drinking fountains to keep dogs hydrated. For the safety of the pets, there are also separate caged runs for both large dogs and small dogs. Decorative benches have also been installed at the park to provide a well-deserved rest for pet owners. Plenty of shaded areas are provided, including two sun shelters for the animals to cool off. In addition, a set of dog park rules are clearly displayed and enforced at the dog park to ensure safe and healthy interaction among the dogs at the park. The guidelines help prevent the bullying of less aggressive dogs and ensure a pleasant experience for both dogs and their owners. Hours of operation are from dawn to dusk.

About Canine Commander

Chris Hanley is the founder of Canine Commander, with a decorated career in Law Enforcement as a K-9 handler and New York State certified Trainer/ Examiner. Chris has built an extensive foundation of knowledge through situational and hands on experience in obedience training and behavior modification. He has attended numerous training seminars and has trained with some of the best trainers in the world. Chris is living his lifelong dream of working with dogs and people. Experience and talent in dog training have landed him spots on regional television, in various news articles and on national television.