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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 04-01-2014, 09:38 AM Thread Starter
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Do you like taking your dog to the dog park?

just curious about opinions on dog parks! I bring my pup to the dog park atleast 4 times a week! He loves it, he really does. He gets along with every other dogs just fine. Other dog owners would always compliment how well- behaved he is. The thing that i dislike about the park is not enough people care to pick up their dog's waste. People litter and its very aggravating because i want my dog in a clean environment ( this dog park is the closest to where i live)There's times when people actually take their dog into the park while they're on heat


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Absolutely not. It's not the dogs I have an issue with, it's the people. They bring aggressive dogs, don't keep their dogs under control, don't even watch them.

My pup is almost 5 months and I want all her experiences to be positive so that she won't become fearful or aggressive. One bad incident would be one too many and I'm not willing to risk her well being.

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Jazzy did fine at dog parks, she ignored the other dogs and it was simply a place where we could legally walk trails offleash.

I started taking Delgado at 6 months until he hit 9 months, he did very well 95% of the time. Was attacked once but no injuries thankfully, he was still intact however and by 9 months the dogs behaviour changed towards him. He lost his 'puppy license' and when they started treating him harsher he pushed back and I stopped taking him before something bad would happen.

I have no issues with certain parks, they can be a great source of exercise and fun for the dogs but you have to have the right dog and most GSD's don't fit that mold.

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I was so excited in 2001 when Providence announced putting in a dog park right on the Pawtucket River. Views, big field, separate area for little dogs... We had one closer to the house that was just a big field - no fence but Luther loved going for socialization.

When it first opened, it was great, Luther loved it. He enjoyed the company of other dogs, the park had grass, it was clean and frequented by EastSide people who weren't nasty jerks. The city took care of it.

I didn't go for a few years because my oldest son was born and Luther passed away about a year and a half later. When I got back there with Morgan about 5 years later, it was a dirt bowl full and there was icky poopy around, bunch of dirty tennisballs. Morgan sat there with the humans supervising the other dogs. I took her a few times, she always acted the same 'oh this is a nice place to socialize with humans.'

Took Otto a few times when he was a young dog, he'd go meet the other dogs and then want to go play in the corner with a ball. Since he didn't really want to play with the other dogs, I'd get all this annoying unsolicited advice from people with little dogs who watched too much Cesar Millan. I stopped going the day a guy showed up with a bully breed in the wire basket muzzle 'for socialization' I have a back yard Otto can play ball in since he obviously doesn't want to have friends like Luther liked having.

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Dog park is alright. I mostly keep to the one very close to my house because if I pull up and it's too crazy or I see a dog that I know from past experience is aggressive, I'll turn right back around and leave. I usually go on off-hours when there aren't many people and those who do come are regulars that I know and trust. Mostly the dog park is just a safe (read, fenced!) off-leash area for me to take Kaiju to play around when there aren't a lot of people.
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I was so excited in 2001 when Providence announced putting in a dog park right on the Pawtucket River. Views, big field, separate area for little dogs... We had one closer to the house that was just a big field - no fence but Luther loved going for socialization.

When it first opened, it was great, Luther loved it. He enjoyed the company of other dogs, the park had grass, it was clean and frequented by EastSide people who weren't nasty jerks. The city took care of it.

I didn't go for a few years because my oldest son was born and Luther passed away about a year and a half later. When I got back there with Morgan about 5 years later, it was a dirt bowl full and there was icky poopy around, bunch of dirty tennisballs. Morgan sat there with the humans supervising the other dogs. I took her a few times, she always acted the same 'oh this is a nice place to socialize with humans.'

Took Otto a few times when he was a young dog, he'd go meet the other dogs and then want to go play in the corner with a ball. Since he didn't really want to play with the other dogs, I'd get all this annoying unsolicited advice from people with little dogs who watched too much Cesar Millan. I stopped going the day a guy showed up with a bully breed in the wire basket muzzle 'for socialization' I have a back yard Otto can play ball in since he obviously doesn't want to have friends like Luther liked having.

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Dog poo, diseases, fleas and ticks, other parasites, unknown dogs running around unleashed, out of control... not my idea of a good place to take Hans.
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The dog park was somewhere that I thought responsible owners took their dogs. It was fine until my dog hit the 8 or 9 month mark. Then other dogs seemed to single Empire out in an aggressive way and they didn't like the response.

We stopped going then and I've since learned that it wasn't that great of an idea for us anyway.

I much prefer now to use the empty fenced in fields at the high school. And the tennis court helps keep his nails in check, since I'm one of THOSE owners who hasn't figured out how to trim nails yet.

Back on topic though, most folks seemed to pick up after themselves well. But there was the occasional odd pile.

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