Originally Posted by Shade
I really think they can be a good and bad thing, it depends on the individual park and the people and dogs frequenting them.
Personally, Delgado LOVED the dog park. He started at 6 months and did very well, only got into one scuffle and it was entirely not his fault but no damage done so it was ok. Once he hit 9 months though and he was still intact I did notice a big change in the way other dogs reacted to him and that changed the way he reacted to them.
I quit taking him before problems escalated and haven't been back. Once problems start, it's very hard to stop them especially when there's so many factors.
Delgado still loves playing with dogs he knows, so he has playdates with his doggie friends I know and trust and that satisfies that need nicely.
I agree. It depends on the dog park. The one we used to go to was a private dog park. You paid a yearly fee. Most owners were very responsible and i liked it alot. Most owners were up walking around with their dogs. Only the older senior citizens were on the bench and even then people seemed to watch out for their dogs. Dexter also at 8 months loved to play with both the big and small dogs, however other dogs started reacting to him and dexter no longer ran away. No scuffles or anything but dexter started growling back, so I haven't taken him there in a couple of weeks. He's now in a private day care with just a few dogs. He got neutered yesterday so we may try it again.
No matter where you go, pay attention to the other dogs and which ones seem to cause trouble, that way you can leave if you see them coming. Talking to other dog owners make it easier to have them control their dogs around yours. Unfortunately not all dog owners are responsible and like to be told to control their dog.
so its up to you to leave before things get out of hand.