I go to the dog park sometimes. Not lately, as I've been working more on one-on-one things with Bailey, but we still go here and there. Please, this post IS NOT ABOUT THE NEGATIVES OF A DOG PARK. It is about what I should do, or not do! with this situation.
We dropped in last Sunday after playing around at the other park. There is a pitbull that hates Bailey. (At least I am pretty sure it's a pit -- it looks exactly like this, but is male)
The first time we encountered this dog, the owner had it offleash, but leashed it up as he came up to the main area of the park. The dogs came up and sniffed on this dog and it was clearly not happy. Very stiff posture. Got a little growly with some. Bailey tried the sniff and WHAP, dog lunged, growled, was hotfire angry. He didn't like any of the dogs, but he basically hated Bailey on sight. (Wondering if this pit is intact - I didn't pay attention - but Bailey is and maybe that played into it? Most males at the dogpark are neutered.)
I got Bailey away and the owner also made his way out.
I made a mental note, Bailey can't be around that dog.
On another visit, I thought I saw that dog in the park and left. I don't know if it was the same dog, but just didn't want to risk it.
Then Sunday we stopped in. My heart dropped when I saw the same white pit in there, unleashed this time. At the same moment I saw the dog, of course Bails is bounding over to say hi. Bailey is a frikkin social butterfly dog. He came to within two feet of the other dog (I'm very close behind), and the pit instantly chased him down - maybe 8 feet, growling, snarling and Bails instantly submitted. The pit then turned around and went back to his owner. The owner said, "I don't know what it is with these two!"
and I shot him daggers with my eyes, turned around and left the dog park.
My dog did absolutely nothing wrong, unless you count normal sniffing as wrong. This owner is breaking the rules allowing a pitbull offleash in the dog park. His dog has now showed aggression towards my dog twice.
At least now I know what the owner drives. (I waited in the lot to see what vehicle he left in so I won't get another surprise like this!)
I called the city and said I was having trouble with an offleash pit at the dog park. (And incidentally, this owner had two dogs in the park. His second was a little itty bitty black curly haired dog, quite friendly, but totally abandoned by the owner -- as in way across the park, totally out of sight of the owner.)
The city official said I should first talk to the dog park volunteer, if one was there. He said if no volunteer was there, I should call the police non-emergency line! I was floored by that suggestion! Call the cops over this? Really? Would you? Or just continue to not go to the park when that dog is there, now that I know what the owner drives? But what if he drives something different some day? What if he comes in *after* me?
What would YOU do?