A good dog park story - German Shepherd Dog Forums

Increase font size: 0, 10, 25, 50%

GermanShepherds.com is the premier German Shepherd Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 01-27-2014, 07:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
Moderator
 
gsdsar's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Maryland
Posts: 4,405
Default A good dog park story

I am not a fan of dog parks. Ever since my GSD got attacked by a pack of dog there I have stayed away. I don't think GSD are in general good candidates for a dog park.

This weekend I was in Miami with my Lab for her FEMA recert. There is not a lot if places for dogs to run there so we found a dog park. It was a gorgeous park, very busy inside and out. Really cool. Anyway, we took the dogs inside and I was on guard. To my surprise, I had a great experience. All of the dogs there were lovely, more than that, all of the owners were attentive to their dogs. I watched time and again an owner interrupt their dog if they were getting carried away or bugging another dog.

There was a path that circled the park and we walked around to keep our dogs moving. At one point we heard a clicker go off. And of course so did the dogs and they went running to the sound. We were about 10 feet away and I realized that an owner was working with his "pit bull" on some reactivity. Every time a dog would pass, the owner clicked and treated the dog. If course our dogs were trying to get a treat, but they called off quick. I stopped and talked a bit with the owner. My Lab is very very dog neutral. So I had her sit by me and allowed them to have their pup sniff her, then get rewarded. They were very happy to have a safe dog to help. But they were also very aware if their dog limitations. They left right after we moved on.

There were a number of GSD, husky, and bully breeds there. All were lovely lovely dogs.

Now I am not saying that my male would be a good dog to take in there but it did make me realize that Dog parks are not always evil places and it really is dependent in the dogs and their owners.

Anyway. Thought I would share a positive story.




Sent from Petguide.com Free App
__________________
"So that others may live"
gsdsar is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 01-27-2014, 08:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
Master Member
 
jafo220's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 624
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by gsdsar View Post
I am not a fan of dog parks. Ever since my GSD got attacked by a pack of dog there I have stayed away. I don't think GSD are in general good candidates for a dog park.

This weekend I was in Miami with my Lab for her FEMA recert. There is not a lot if places for dogs to run there so we found a dog park. It was a gorgeous park, very busy inside and out. Really cool. Anyway, we took the dogs inside and I was on guard. To my surprise, I had a great experience. All of the dogs there were lovely, more than that, all of the owners were attentive to their dogs. I watched time and again an owner interrupt their dog if they were getting carried away or bugging another dog.

There was a path that circled the park and we walked around to keep our dogs moving. At one point we heard a clicker go off. And of course so did the dogs and they went running to the sound. We were about 10 feet away and I realized that an owner was working with his "pit bull" on some reactivity. Every time a dog would pass, the owner clicked and treated the dog. If course our dogs were trying to get a treat, but they called off quick. I stopped and talked a bit with the owner. My Lab is very very dog neutral. So I had her sit by me and allowed them to have their pup sniff her, then get rewarded. They were very happy to have a safe dog to help. But they were also very aware if their dog limitations. They left right after we moved on.

There were a number of GSD, husky, and bully breeds there. All were lovely lovely dogs.

Now I am not saying that my male would be a good dog to take in there but it did make me realize that Dog parks are not always evil places and it really is dependent in the dogs and their owners.

Anyway. Thought I would share a positive story.




Sent from Petguide.com Free App
That's a great experience. But...........

Miami is right on the cusp of the Bermuda Triangle. Are you sure you didn't get caught up in a alternate universe thing or something? I would have been pinching myself to make sure it was all real.
jafo220 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-27-2014, 08:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
Moderator
 
gsdsar's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Maryland
Posts: 4,405
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jafo220 View Post
That's a great experience. But...........

Miami is right on the cusp of the Bermuda Triangle. Are you sure you didn't get caught up in a alternate universe thing or something? I would have been pinching myself to make sure it was all real.
Trust me, I was. But we went back the next day. Same thing.


Sent from Petguide.com Free App
__________________
"So that others may live"
gsdsar is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-27-2014, 08:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
Master Member
 
jafo220's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 624
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by gsdsar View Post
Trust me, I was. But we went back the next day. Same thing.


Sent from Petguide.com Free App
I honestly wouldn't know how to act. Really. I've had some good experiences myself at our local DP, but the bad ones just far outweighed the good.

I'm glad it worked out. It sounds like an amazing place. I figure maybe the good responsible owners drove the bad ones out. That's a good thing.
jafo220 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-27-2014, 08:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
Elite Member
 
LifeofRiley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 1,118
Default

@gsdsar.. first of all, let me say that I am so jealous that you were in Miami - so nice and warm! : )

As to the issue of dog parks, what you describe matches the majority of experiences I have had at good dog parks in my city.
LifeofRiley is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the German Shepherd Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:44 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.3.2
PetGuide.com
Basset.net DobermanTalk.com GoldenRetrieverForum.com OurBeagleWorld.com
BoxerForums.com DogForums.com GoPitbull.com PoodleForum.com
BulldogBreeds.com FishForums.com HavaneseForum.com SpoiledMaltese.com
CatForum.com GermanShepherds.com Labradoodle-dogs.net YorkieForum.com
Chihuahua-People.com RetrieverBreeds.com