Softball games are great events to bring the whole family out to. It’s outdoors, there’s lots of people, and the energy is high. You can easily make a great day out of it. But what about your dog? They love being outdoors just as much as you do (probably more so), yet they’re pent up inside the house all alone while your family goes out for a great time! Though it is common, we like to encourage pets to come with the families to the cities softball games. Unfortunately we’ve run into some problems in the past where dogs have gone running into the diamond and disrupted the game. We definitely don’t want anyone to get hurt!
If you’re worried about this, but would love to include your dog in the day’s events, there are a few things you can try to encourage them to stay nearby!
One option is to have them tied to a nearby gate or fence pole (not one that surrounds the diamond though). This will keep them near you while you watch the game and interact with other families during the day. All you have to do is use their leash and collar to keep them secure while giving them an appropriate enough amount of slack so they can still move around a bit and lay down comfortably.
If you like your dog to have a bit more freedom, a great option is using a wireless dog fence. You can set up a perimeter around where you will allow them to roam free, while trusting that they will not escape, run away, or disturb other families and players. There are different brands and models of these products out there that offer different sized fences (perimeter), as well as models that deter from an area rather than keep your dog away from certain things. The best option for the ball park is definitely the perimeter fence though. If you’re in a good, open area out of the way of the game, you can set up as big of a perimeter as you want!
It’s very important to us that all communities in Philadelphia and visitors feel welcome, and we want to offer as many non-exclusive activities as we can. That means all ages family events that are dog friendly! One thing we offer as well as encourage, is for families to ensure their dog is well hydrated and fed. At most of our events you will find water for purchase, or someone kind enough to fill a bowl for your dog. Shade is just as important as well! Your dog can’t sweat as easily as we do, so they have a higher chance of over heating. Bring an umbrella, tent, or something you can put up to block the sun on those hot days.
We hope to see you and your dogs this summer! Each game is a great event within itself and we would hate for anyone to miss them.