Happy Earth Day...and first day of National Park Week...and the inaugural B.A.R.K. Ranger Day at Great Falls Park! So much to celebrate. To be honest, the first is the only one we were aware of until our trip to the park today. Side note: They offer free admission for the holiday. You're *looking* at the proud mother of two B.A.R.K. Rangers. I love the idea of this program and wanted to share the code these Rangers live by because it's how all of us dog parents should respect our environment.
1. Bag your poop
This one is pretty self-explanatory, but sadly, we come across one too many abandoned piles. Don't litter or cause harmful runoff to our water sources. Pick up after your pup and toss the waste in a trash bin.
2. Always use a leash
I know there's a lot of conversation to be had about leashes, but when it comes to a national park, it's best to keep your dog on a 6-foot leash for everyone's safety. This includes that of your dog. Just think about the things he could possibly ingest, inhale, step in, follow, and encounter without it.
3. Respect wildlife
We should keep our dogs at a safe distance from the wildlife. Our dogs can be curious of the new scents and sights, and this can be especially difficult for those from breed groups used for hunting and herding. This is another point when using a leash proves helpful.
4. Know where you can go
Stay on the marked trails (a leash helps with this one too) and make sure you plan ahead to pick the trail most suitable for you and your pup. Not all trails are dog-friendly and some may be at a difficulty level above what would be safe for either of you to complete.
Click HERE to see if a national park near you has a B.A.R.K. Ranger program. Tell us how you celebrated Earth Day with your pup in the comments!
Well wishes & puppy kisses,