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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 02-24-2012, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
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Spent some time "passing" the dog park...

.... And boy am I glad I made a decision NOT to ever put her in there again.

Nice day here in NY. Took a walk in the park. Along the way, I decided to pass the dog park. I took a bench outside the park and was an observer.

Let's see...

Three beat downs
Two pins
A little blood
Loads of humping
Some limping
An agressive GSD
A puppy with a Doberman around his neck
A submissive dog that yelped at the site of a larger dog

And FINALLY, the IDIOTIC owners, that laughed when their dog "won the fight" with a mighty Pitbulls!

Phewww.
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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 02-24-2012, 01:50 PM
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Oh, gee, that sounds awful.

We have a fantastic dog park just a few minutes away, but I intend to try it out when Teddy is much older. I passed by today and saw two two retriever types playing nicely. I would never put up with what you saw.

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Anthony with his beautiful girl Kira...glad you aired on the side of caution and decided against it
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Wow! I wouldn't ever go there either, that sucks. We have terrific open space off leash parks that aren't like that all, fortunately.

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Debbie-the pics of the dog park you visit looks like a retreat!
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A while back, I felt that dog parks were "good" for dogs. It took some educating, and convincing, but in the end it was the right choice.

It's not the always the dogs, it's the people that own them.

When I joined here 5 months ago, I didn't know too much about "signals", and "warning signs" to look for. I thought If a dog wagged it's tail, it was happy.

I watched a GSD walk over to a Lab, with it's tail raised, hacks up, head high, and eye whites exposed. I said to myself "uh-oh". The owners were about 10 feet away from the fence saying "look, they want to meet each other"..
Within a NY second, that GSD was all over that lab like a rag doll. The owner just walked over and calmly asked the dog to stop. The guy was saying: "come on buster, cut it out". Believe me, they were going at it. It was scary looking.

Finally, the owner of the lab pulled the GSD off, and left with his Lab.

I've learned so much from here, and also from the obedience schooling, that I now recognize some of these potential problems.

Since I've stopped going, I find Kira's focus so much better. She doesn't get too excited when she sees a dog anymore. She figures, why bother, it's not like she's gonna play.
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Wow. What a "park". Glad you didn't go. I hate hearing about all of the negatives of parks because they aren't all bad, but stuff like this is just terrible!

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Because of stupid owners, certain breeds will get a bad reputation too. So now the lab guy is probably badmouthing the GSD because of the clueless owner.
Or going on about the fact that his lab beat up a big bad GSD.
Too bad everyone that goes to dog parks don't have to go thru a class on dog communication/body language etc. It would open their eyes and help the dogs.
DJ, does your park offer such a class?
Watching Turid Rugaas's DVD Calming Signals at the least.

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Sounds more like you were walk through da 'hood.
Smart to give it a once-over before deciding whether to take part.
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Stosh and I were visiting my mom in FL and I took her gsd Greta and Stosh to the dog park. It's an unusually nice set up- a small dog area, a big dog area and a solitary area. I took Stosh and Greta into solitary confinement and within seconds a dog was trying to attack Stosh through the chain link, another was tearing up and down along the fence snarling and barking its head off and a gang of dogs had assembled to charge towards the fence. The owner of the dog that had its muzzle through the fence came over and said that I should let my dogs in with the others because "they generally work it out". No thanks
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