|06-20-2014 03:39 AM|
What the heck is wrong with people??
Hunter, I would be upset, too. However, if that park is lumping the small dogs with the big ones with no choice, its not where you wanna be anyways, because its an accident waiting to happen.
|06-18-2014 12:47 AM|
The owners and their ignorance was why I stopped going to dog parks unless it's completely empty. This city is very dog friendly, however there are leash laws that if you are caught, are enforced. I had a few times where I had to deal with the ACOs saying something to me about my dog being off leash.
First time it happened we were playing on some playground equipment to work on body awareness and obstacles for fun. I was at the top of a section, and my golden had just gone down the slide to where my roommate and a friend were. I called him back to me. He tried going up the slide and when he realized that wasn't going to work, he ran around to where we started and did the exact pattern we had done (including flying over a balance beam I had had to hold still to get him to cross before) until he got to my side. I went down the slide with him this time and we kept going around, enjoying getting to play with the dogs.
An ACO vehicle had been passing by on the road and mind you my dog was off leash for TEN SECONDS or so while he got to where I was, but they still came over and gave me a speel, even if my dog was obviously in control.
Second time I had to deal with it, we were coming down a trail and there wasn't a sign to really warn you that coming up soon was a road and an on-leash area. We noticed it when we came up, recalled the dogs and leashed them. There was an ACO guy waiting for people who took that trail. We told him that we'd never been on this trail before, which was true, so we hadn't realized that we were so close to an on-leash area. We were given warnings since again the dogs were under control, but the threat of a ticket is there.
That guy was definitely a jerk. It was people who had no clue, that did nothing while my puppy was getting harassed that eventually made me say forget it. Not to mention my roommate's slightly older dog was attacked numerous times for just walking in, leaving my roommate at times with bite wounds as a result (with the owner being upset that my roommate had to get a bit physical with the dog). So overall, just not worth it. I won't let my GSD puppy anywhere near these areas as we are already working on his dog reactivity. I don't need people to mess things up any more than they are.
|06-18-2014 12:35 AM|
links that contain info anyone going to a dog park should know:
Leerburg | Dog Parks: Why They Are A Bad Idea
Leerburg | How to Break Up a Dog Fight Without Getting Hurt!
I have started taking my well trained, dog ignoring dog to our local dog parks, not to play but for training and discipline! He does just fine and has met a couple of well behaved dogs on a few occasions without issue.
Most dogs are not like him and there are dogs and owners that should not be at a dog park! If you go to a dog park as long as you understand the risk...have fun and good luck!
|06-18-2014 12:26 AM|
I took Sammy to a dog park a few weeks ago (they have a free agility course and I had time to kill)... he's super sweet and very bonded to me... Another dog (GSD about 80lbs, that had been humping other dogs at the park) came up and tried to mount Sammy, Sammy turned snapped and walked away. I shot the owner a look, he didn't seem to care. Same GSD tried to mount Sammy a second time..... Sammy (103lbs) spun around grabbed that GSD by the throat slammed him to the ground and then ran to my side and sat and looked at me.
The other owner runs over to me yelling at me, and I calmly said your dog was given 1 warning and mine never acted aggressively. He simply put your dog in his place, and if you don't get out of my face I'll do the same. He started to get agitated and raise his voice then some people standing around told him his dog was in the wrong, and he grabbed his dog and left.
I have seen dog attacks at public dog places a few times, so I can understand why he said that, and why he was concerned. But I would tell him to pound sand (so long as you trust your dog to behave and but be a problem) but don't let him make you angry.
Sammy was getting along fine with all the dogs at the park, including this one that he put in its place. Even after the incident while the other owner was getting in my face I was watching, and Sammy continued to get along just fine (even with the dog he just put down) that dog quickly got the hint not to mount Sammy and then all was well.... but the owner was a **** then left.
|06-17-2014 09:56 PM|
I think it depends a lot on where you are and how dog- friendly the culture is. My dog was heeling at my side in a field (we were doing OB exercises) when I got a ticket. I had wandered off "dog park" trails and onto state property without paying attention (I had just moved to the area so I wasn't so familiar with it). Sure, I was in the wrong... But there were no people around, no dogs around, and my dog was about six inches away from me. Where I was living at the time was not even remotely a dog friendly area. Where I live now, it's a lot more likely for it to slide- you see well-behaved dogs off leash all the time.
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|06-17-2014 08:20 PM|
|06-17-2014 08:08 PM|
Just curious because I literally have no idea where my dogs leash is. I walk him off leash every where. I've passed many cops and none have ever said anything. Sure the law says no off leash dogs but have you actually gotten that law enforced on you?
How the dog behaves is also a big difference. Much higher chance of getting a ticket if you can't control the dog.
|06-17-2014 08:04 PM|
|06-17-2014 08:03 PM|
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|06-17-2014 07:46 PM|
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