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Yesterday 11:59 PM
volcano I went to the dog park last month and someone stole Apaches leash??? I went back the next week and a sheepdog who is a regular there kept herding and humping. Its no big deal and swell be back. But If the sheepdog singles her out then we have to go to the small dog area.
Yesterday 11:06 PM
Lobo dog
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I agree with your trainer too.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9S-Dt2tWf4
That is seriously the best! I could stop laughing
Yesterday 10:56 PM
Pax8
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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!
I agree with this. I still take mine to the dog park, but we only go to a farther one because it is enormous. It makes it easy for dogs to have their own space in the park and for you to find a different area for your dog if you see someone causing problems. The only time I see fights break out is when someone isn't controlling an obviously aggressive dog.
Yesterday 10:45 PM
pets4life i think some breeds/types of dogs really do love going to the dog park like their owners do

but what i noticed in my gsd and others is that they only like going because they get to do something outdoors with yOU, they would be just as happy if not more like everyone says doing it anywhere else. I noticed a lot of gsds as they get older start to demand respect from other dogs specially when comming into the park and all the walmart greeters are blocking the gate.

Its cute how some dogs have a lot of fun at the park but scary how some dogs are on edge about to tear up another. Also scary how clueless owners are. I saw 2 dogs locked in eye contact the owners thought they were flirting.
Yesterday 10:19 PM
Katey I agree that you should listen to your trainer -- he is spot on about dog parks in my experience, and while some people and dogs have pleasant experiences with dog parks, I think the possible advantages of a dog park (novel "field trip" with the dog? wearing the dog out off-leash? meeting other dog people?) are far outweighed by the very real chance of a variety of problems.

You mentioned that you may enjoy dog parks more than your dog does, and it's possible there are other activities that you might both enjoy that involve fewer variables than dog parks. In our area, leashed dogs are welcome in outdoor areas at certain breweries, wineries, orchards, and restaurants. You and the dog both get a change of scenery and time together, without dealing with a chaotic environment.
Yesterday 09:28 PM
wolfy dog Dog parks are hit and miss. You never know what you encounter. I take mine as pups from the time they are about 4 months old. But I keep a close eye on every dog that I see and leave when I am not sure about a certain dog. This has worked fine and the pups have played with many dogs. But I found that the GSDs I have had, outgrew the parks when they reached a more mature stage. I actually noticed it today with Deja, who is almost 1 year old. She now rather plays with me and is no longer interested in other dogs as playmates.
I think your trainer is right.
Yesterday 09:15 PM
pets4life gsd seem to be one of the worst breeds to take to dog parks not saying that every gsd is a bad dog park dog, some do great in them, but in general they do not seem to do well in them once they mature. I would never take my dog in without a muzzle.
Yesterday 08:52 PM
loosi007 Great Video
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!
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