It is National Park Week! And the parks are going to the dogs!
Traveling to see the great outdoors with your family – including it’s four-legged members – is an exciting and awesome way to get out and explore some of our country’s greatest natural assets. And the National Park Service wants you and your pet to have a positive experience… even if the environment is unfamiliar to your dog. That’s why they created the Bark Ranger program.
Designed to teach and educate dog owners about best practices when visiting parks, the NPS’s program has created a simple acronym to help everyone remember four key principles.
B.A.R.K stands for:
Bag your pet’s waste
Always leash your pet
Know where you can go.
“Visiting the National Parks with your family – including it’s four-legged members – is an exciting and awesome way to get out and explore some of our country’s greatest natural assets.“
BECOME PART OF THE TEAM!
Additionally, you and your dog can train to become a Bark Ranger Volunteer! Serving as ambassadors in parks all over the country, Bark Rangers learn how to approach visitors with dogs in order to highlight pet policies. You and your dog will become part of a team designed to protect the NPS’s resources. Once you and your dog have trained, you can even purchase a special tag for your dog’s collar. Each park has its own tag, so you can collect them all!
Remember, not all National Parks allow dogs. Be sure to check pet policies at each park before you visit.
Bark Ranger Day was Sunday, April 25. Use #BarkRanger on social media to check out amazing pictures of dogs visiting the National Parks all over the country!
Photo by: Sarah Clarkson: Colby @ Glacier National Park, June 2018
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What parks have you visited with your dog? Drop us a comment below!