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03-09-2014 08:28 PM
Nikki-Rose
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Originally Posted by onyx'girl View Post
I agree with your trainer too.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9S-Dt2tWf4
Hahaha. That video is gold!
03-09-2014 08:01 PM
Gretchen It all depends on the dog, the physical design of the park, and the attitude of the other dog owners in there. I find most of the parks in my area, being just square are not the best lay out. No trees, no grass, plus they are fenced in. My dogs did not usually do well in this environment.

There is a small unfenced dog park in my town that has grass and a couple trees. My dog seems to do very well here. I think not having the fences gives both the dogs and owners a better attitude. There is a kiddie playground nearby and they are fenced in!
03-09-2014 07:51 PM
Chip18
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Originally Posted by onyx'girl View Post
I agree with your trainer too.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9S-Dt2tWf4
OMG..loved that!
03-09-2014 07:49 PM
Chip18
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Originally Posted by Thewretched View Post
I agree with this, I had a dominate dog pin my girl to the grown, luckily right next to me, as I punched the dog into the fence and off of my dog, the owner (sitting on the bench and 50 feet away) slowly waddled my way with a confused look on her face. As my wife picked up our dog, her dog continued to snap and and bite my wife. As I took out my trusty can of mace ready for the next excuse to give it a spray, I gave the owner some harsh words and we were on our way: Moral of the story is, no dog parks unless your ready to punch a dog to save your own, and invest in mace.


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I can relate! Yep my Dom males, I didn't go because I didn't want anybody elses dogs hurt either but behaviour issues from fighting? Not likely they'd think just another day at the dog park..good times,good times!

My baby girl was different, she was a balanced dog, just the type of dog that could be in a dog park but if a dog had attacked her?

I'd have lost it!




So yeah some dogs and there "people" don't need to be at dog parks!
03-09-2014 07:26 PM
Thewretched
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Man talk about a loaded question! My guys have never been rolled picked on OR harassed by other dogs. I don't have behavioural issues that I have to fix because some moron brought his badly behaved "I thought he was friendly" Dominate dog reactive dog to a dog park!



I spent to much time money and effort into my dogs to let them get used as a chew toy!



Some dogs and their "owners" aren't dog park people, if some dog at a park rolled my baby girl Struddell white Boxer! It would be on! So yeah" I" stay away!



But for a less passionate response:



Leerburg | Dog Parks: Why They Are A Bad Idea

I agree with this, I had a dominate dog pin my girl to the grown, luckily right next to me, as I punched the dog into the fence and off of my dog, the owner (sitting on the bench and 50 feet away) slowly waddled my way with a confused look on her face. As my wife picked up our dog, her dog continued to snap and and bite my wife. As I took out my trusty can of mace ready for the next excuse to give it a spray, I gave the owner some harsh words and we were on our way: Moral of the story is, no dog parks unless your ready to punch a dog to save your own, and invest in mace.


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03-09-2014 06:15 PM
Chip18
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Originally Posted by Nikki-Rose View Post
I had a meeting with my trainer I have lined up for my future dog today and he will be helping me pick the right dog for me.
I want one, that among many other things, would enjoy going to dog parks which are very popular things here is SoCal.

He said dog parks are more for the owner then the dogs. Since dogs are pack animals it can be confusing and often leads to dog fights.

Any thoughts on this?
I've always brought my past dogs to dog parks, honestly mostly for my own enjoyment as they were just as happy going for a run on leash with me.
Man talk about a loaded question! My guys have never been rolled picked on OR harassed by other dogs. I don't have behavioural issues that I have to fix because some moron brought his badly behaved "I thought he was friendly" Dominate dog reactive dog to a dog park!

I spent to much time money and effort into my dogs to let them get used as a chew toy!

Some dogs and their "owners" aren't dog park people, if some dog at a park rolled my baby girl Struddell white Boxer! It would be on! So yeah" I" stay away!

But for a less passionate response:

Leerburg | Dog Parks: Why They Are A Bad Idea
03-09-2014 05:42 PM
onyx'girl I agree with your trainer too.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9S-Dt2tWf4
03-09-2014 03:23 PM
zyppi Not a fan either.

Don't know what you will meet - temperament and health -- that goes for the four legged and two legged folks there.
03-09-2014 02:19 PM
trcy The trainer is correct. I'm not a fan of dog parks.
03-09-2014 01:31 PM
kjdreyer Oh, boy, I have some thoughts on this, thanks for asking! I wish I hadn't taken my puppy to the dog park when she was so young. One of the parks here has several individual runs, and one community park. I took her to the individual runs often, but one evening they were all full, and there were only a couple cars at the group one, so I thought we'd try it. She was maybe 16 weeks, after all shots anyway.

Two huskies, with no owner in sight, came galloping up to us and just kind of swarmed around her - in no way aggressive, but for a little puppy, totally scary. I was too stupid to pick her up and show her I had her back, I just stood there like a fool saying "good girl Jedda" in a happy happy voice, like that was any help. I still feel so guilty thinking about it! She had her tail totally tucked up and ears back and was just trying to get away from them - they were simply checking her out, but she was really scared. If those two were anything other than curious, I could have ended up with a dead puppy.

This by far wasn't the only mistake I made, but for a while she had some fear aggression issues I had to work on a LOT. She still is scared when two or more dogs approach. We sometimes go to a really large dog park (because it's such a great place to hike off leash) where I can easily see what's approaching, and I just give other dogs a wide berth, especially two or more dogs. I avoid like the plague the flats where owners congregate and let their dogs run amok.

I wish I had read this before I got my pup: Leerburg | Socializing Puppies.
When your post says that you specifically want a dog you can take to the dog park, my advice is to wait until your dog is an adult, and pick the park REALLY carefully. Good luck and have fun!
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