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What to Know Before Bringing Your Dog to a Baseball Game


Baseball season means it’s time for the best promotion out there, Bark in the Park. What could be better than enjoying a baseball game with your dog? Not much. Taking your dog out to a ball game involves researching, planning, and doing what’s right for your pet. Find out everything you need to know before bringing your dog to a dog-friendly baseball game.

Who’s a Good Boy?

Baseball games are often noisy and involve a lot of activity between the action on the field, fans cheering, loud music, and more. Bark in the park games will also have a lot of dogs in attendance, which adds to the event’s intensity. Games can be stressful or challenging if your pet has never attended a game or a busy event. Attending a game is only a good idea if your dog can handle this type of environment. Nervous or reactive dogs will not have fun and may pose a threat to themselves or others. 

Sometimes, teams establish designated dog areas so you will watch the game from the berm or a single section with every other dog in attendance. You know your dog and what they can handle, so stay home if you suspect your dog will not do well in a crowded area surrounded by other dogs. Be prepared to leave early if your dog is not handling things well or appears unnecessarily stressed.

Play the Field

Bark in the Park games are held at all levels of baseball. If a major league game is too much, consider a minor league dog game. Minor league games still have a lot of activity, but they are often much more laid back. Triple-A or lower-level teams may not establish a designated dog section, so finding a not-so-busy area to enjoy the game may be possible.

Follow the Rules

Each team establishes unique policies for Bark in the Park games, so check them out and follow the rules. Some teams may have minimum age requirements and may not allow very young pups to attend or place a restriction on the number of dogs each adult is allowed to bring. Other teams do not allow retractable leashes or have a maximum leash length allowed. You may be required to purchase a ticket for your pet or enter through a specific gate. Find out what you need to know and follow the rules. Learning the team’s policies ensures you won’t show up with the wrong leash or try to enter at the incorrect gate. 

Current Vaccinations

Make sure your pet is current with its rabies vaccination. Some teams also require dogs to be up-to-date on other vaccinations, such as distemper, bordetella, parvovirus, and more. Each team has its own policies regarding vaccination requirements, so check the team’s site to learn more.

Proper ID

It’s always a good idea to ensure your dog has ID tags. Despite your best efforts, it’s possible your dog could get away from you, and ID tags with correct info increase the chances of being reunited with your dog. If your pet has a microchip, it’s always a good call to double-check that the contact info is correct. Hopefully, your dog will never need to have the chip scanned, but be ready just in case.

Check the Forecast

Most of the baseball season is played during the summer when the temperatures are hot. Warm weather is a challenge for many dogs. The air temperature can still be hot in the evening, so night games may still be too warm. Pavement can retain heat for hours, so be mindful when walking with your dog on paved surfaces, especially in parking lots as you enter the stadium.

Dogs with short muzzles or flat faces often struggle in warm weather. Brachycephalic breeds like bulldogs and pugs are examples of dogs that have difficulty in the heat. Long-haired dogs are also prone to overheating. Check the schedule and consider games in early spring or fall when the temperature is not as warm, instead of mid-summer, when the heat can be oppressive.

Drink Lots of Water

Seek out a covered area or a spot not in direct sunlight to watch the action. Keep your pet hydrated. Drinking water is important for people and dogs, especially in warm weather. Many teams provide water stations but consider bringing a collapsible bowl and filling it when you get inside. Your dog will be much happier and more comfortable with water to drink.

Summer Fun

Enjoying a bark-in-the-park game can be a lot of fun for you and your dog. Each team has its own policies, and the weather is often a significant factor. Taking some simple precautions and planning ahead ensures you will have the best time possible, and you and your dog will have fun cheering on the action.