Even if your dog and your child are the best of friends, that doesn’t mean that all of the other dogs who show up at the park will be equally understanding of a junior interloper. Some dog parks have rules barring kids from entering, or restrict attendance to certain ages, but it’s safer for all parties to keep kids out of the park. Small children move unpredictably, and their excited running, stumbling and screaming might trigger dogs to give chase. Plus, a group of speeding dogs can easily knock a child down and cause an accidental injury.
It’s also important to remember that some dogs just don’t like kids, which can translate in scary and dangerous ways (and keep in mind that the pet parents of these types of dogs might be managing their dog’s discomfort with children by exercising their dog in a space that supposed to be free of children). The fact is, the dog park is meant for dogs, so bring the kids to the jungle gym and let the pooches have the dog park.