Originally Posted By: AmaruqIf there were more responsible people like Cassidy's Mom at the dog park with well trained dogs my opinion of dog parks might change.
Well, my dogs aren't perfect.
Halo ignored the "wait" command and jumped out of the car while Tom was putting the pack on and led him on a merry chase around the parking lot. She came back to the car a couple of times, but eluded my grasp until I was finally able to step on her leash. I saw one of his friends from eons ago that we only see once or twice a year walking across the lot with two dogs - never even knew he went there before! I said to Tom "isn't that James?", he turned to look, and in that second of diverted attention she was off - bad puppy!
Keefer is good about waiting to get out of the car until released, but Halo is still a work in process and we usually have to body block her a couple of times before she settles back and waits.
And Keefer tried to beg treats off a young boy. The kid wanted to know if he could give him one and I told him Keef is a little grabby with food so it was probably not a good idea. He tried to give me one of the treats for me to give him, but I said no thanks I had my own. I handed one to Keefer, who put half my hand in his mouth, and the mom laughed and said "I see what you mean, not a good idea!". Um, yeah, LOL! He also follows people with Chuck-its around, waiting for them to throw a ball for him, even when there's no ball in the Chuck-it. I keep having to tell him "that's not yours, we have your ball".
But he did meet a nice woman who was admiring and asking about what kind of dogs they were. She had a new rescue that was supposed to also be a longcoat shepherd (very large, but could have been a coatie mix) so she was very interested in them. We ran into her again at the dog watering station as we were leaving and she was petting him and leaned down to give him a kiss on his muzzle, and he of course gave her a kiss too. He can be a butthead, but he can also be VERY sweet.