Town of Oyster Bay opens its first dog park in Massapequa

If you're looking for tips on how to keep your dog happy this summer, News 12 Long Island has some suggestions. 12 Weeks of Summer

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12 Weeks of Summer traveled to the Town of Oyster Bay Dog Park in Massapequa to learn more about dogs.

MASSAPEQUA - If you're looking for tips on how to keep your dog happy this summer, News 12 Long Island has some suggestions. 

12 Weeks of Summer traveled to the Town of Oyster Bay Dog Park in Massapequa to learn tips on dog park etiquette.

Dog park etiquette tips include:

- Pick up and properly dispose of dog waste;
- Remove prong collars within the dog park;
- Do not allow your dog to harass another dog;
- Control excessive barking;
- Remove your dog at the first sign of aggression.

Peggy Hickey-Heijmen, board member of the nonprofit organization LI-Dog, says that if you're the owner of a new puppy you shouldn't be afraid of bringing your dog to the park. This will help socialize your pet early.

The Girl Scouts of Massapequa are helping park visitors keep their dogs hydrated. They created signs that are posted at the park with instructions on hydration. According to the sign, puppies should drink four ounces of water every two hours. Mature dogs should drink a half to a full ounce of water for every pound in their body weight daily. The park also has water fountains specialized for dogs.

Dr. Shadi Ireifej, from Long Island Veterinary Specialists, was at the park with health tips. He urges dog owners to do a full inspection of their pet after they are the park. Things to look for are wounds and ticks. 

Some foods that you should not give your dog include: 

- Chocolate;
- Gum; 
- Avocado;
- Raisins and grapes.

Dog trainer Chris Hanley was at the park, giving some tips on how to train puppies and adult dogs. Many families choose to get dogs in the summer, when kids get out of school and outdoor housebreaking is easier.

The Massapequa park was made possible by dog owners for the community. The park has two sections, one for big dogs of 25 pounds and over, the other section is for smaller dogs of under 25 pounds. Most dog parks have two section to help dogs play with each other. It also has shade and benches for the owners.

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