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Different view on dog parks

so i know I most likely will get crucified for this but over the last couple of months or so I have taken Rollo to the dog park 5 minutes from my house often! I sorta now agress with Tim, in the idea that stuff can happen but its not too likely, and Rollo has had nothing but good experiences there. Now this dog park is different than most of the other dog parks I've been too in that people are awesome and every one is super on top of watching their dogs, and I've even met 5-10 GSD owners who compete in various dog sports now! The dog park also has an agility course and Rollo loves doing that.
I should also add tho, that I did not start going frequently until I felt Rollo was trained well enough to "leave it" and come back to me whenever I called him (even with all the dogs around) so that has definitely played a part...
LAST THING: I do still get why some people are hesistant still, the ONE AND ONLY problem I've had was a couple of weeks ago Rollo was playing with around 5 other dogs in the park, and a lady walked in with a bully breed (have nothing against them) and he started going at Rollo agressively, the lady looks at me and goes "sorry he does not like GSDs" and so then I responded "well you can't bring your dog in here if its not friendly with everyone"...she ignored me and moved her dog to the other side of that park...Well as you would guess, it lunged at Rollo one more time and i'm a large guy (6'8 250lbs lol) so I sprinted at the dog and screamed as loud as I could "NOOOOO! Get the heck away from my dog!"...that seemed to do the trick as the pit put its tail between its legs and wimped away. Another owner at the park that day told me that that same dog has attacked a dog at another park, so before leaving I told the lady "that if I ever saw her dog again at the park I would call the police") as that certain breed of dog is banned in Leawood/Overland Park.
other than that tho lol all good!
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Just an FYI it’s not the dog but the owner. You can have those issues with any breed. I would never go to one but happy u and Rollo enjoy it but too many bad things can happen at dog parks then good. Hope it continues to be a positive experience.
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Just an FYI it’s not the dog but the owner. You can have those issues with any breed. I would never go to one but happy u and Rollo enjoy it but too many bad things can happen at dog parks then good. Hope it continues to be a positive experience.
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Always have good experience s at our dog parks. Haven't been for awhile due to a doggie flu epidemic though.
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Please don't start it is all in how you raise and train them and that the genetics of behavior doesn't exist. We all know that most dogs breeds are purpose bred and that many behaviors are expected behaviors according to the venue in which they were expected to perform.

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Just an FYI it’s not the dog but the owner. You can have those issues with any breed. I would never go to one but happy u and Rollo enjoy it but too many bad things can happen at dog parks then good. Hope it continues to be a positive experience.
Disagree. Certain breeds have tendencies in their genetics and it is not always due to the owner. The APBT was bred to be animal aggressive, that is a fact. If a lab jumps in the water to fetch is it always because of the owner or could it be because labs were bred to be water retrieving dogs?
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Chuck, my dog park experiences parallel yours. People stay on top of their dogs and I have even met people who participate in IPO bringing their dogs.

We only differ on the number of attacks, I've had more, all else the same, but I have been going to dog parks a lot longer and with dogs.
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Breeds are created to exhibit behaviors. Herding, pit fighting, sprinting, retrieving, etc. This is why they are separated.
It is irresponsible to bring a dog that is dog aggressive. Especially one that is genetically predisposed to dog aggression.
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One of the many reasons I don’t go to dog parks.
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Breed specific is not the case. You can have a golden attack another dog and yes they can be nasty yet they are bred to retrieve.My sister had one that was that way. Every dog can attack another dog so please stop directing it all to the bully breeds. You always hear about those types being dog aggressive. I owned one, was a therapy, show dog. It’s how they are raised and socialized. I get tired of hearing how bad they are. They are great dogs in the right hands just like any other dog.
It’s all about being smart when u visit dog parks, have to be on guard, one bad experience can ruin your dog.

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