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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-08-2012, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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If you don't like dogs, don't walk at the dog park

I was on my way to the dog park the other day, it's a park within a park really. But, it's in a separate part of the area; anyway. This lady is walking down, spots me and my boy from like 40 feet away, and suddenly FREEZES and is like "oh, you can go." He was excited, and I wanted to calm him down, so I wasn't moving until he stopped pulling. She didn't understand what I was doing, so I offered for her to go ahead, and she's all, "oh no you go you go".

Finally she gets the idea and goes way way around us; like 20 foot arc around. The whole time, he is on a 3 foot lead, and completely engrossed in watching other dogs, or sniffing the ground.

Not sure what she was thinking. I saw her walk by at least 4 more times.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-11-2012, 02:25 AM
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I saw a dog park the other day (first one) and it looked kinda cool, agility supply and all. It said "dog park" on the sign as I was driving by . I guess though if a dog is bouncing up and down might make others nerves (if that even happen) and maybe she came back to see your dog (checking ya all out) and behavior.
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If its a regular park and a dog park all rolled into one, then you are going to run into people who don't like dogs. I don't see the complaint. People who don't have or like dogs probably aren't going to know its a dog park, at least not until they come to it and see the signs and stuff.

Is this a "dog park" or a part of a park where you can take your dog? Are there signs? Fences?

If you don't like people, don't go to the non dog park part of the park?


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he was excited - meaning what ? a bark and hold on her ? She may have been more confident if you had corrected the dog and moved on . Standing there having the dog excited waiting for him to play himself out will never change the behaviour.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-11-2012, 09:38 AM
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I'm assuming this is an area of a park where dogs are allowed. It's not an off-leash dog park since you were still walking with your dog on leash? I've never seen a park like that since we either have public parks where dogs are allowed or they aren't (but really no one will ever tell you that you can't have your dog on-leash in any park...or maybe at least not if you're walking a GSD lol). If this is a park where dogs are only allowed in one area and the lady is just walking by there I don't see what your issue is.

There are a lot of people that have very irrational fears of dogs. I mean this by the fact that some people have been bitten and they have a fear or dogs, its irrational because its translated to all other dogs and also it is many times over the top. On Labor Day, we went over to my GF's parent's house for a cook out, their neighbors were there who have met Rooney and watched him grow up. But they also had their mother (grandmother) there who has a fear of dogs due to biting. I made sure to tie up Rooney so he couldn't get to her and was later told that she literally started shaking when Rooney walked in. Some people just have these fears that aren't easily understood by the rest of us.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-11-2012, 11:26 AM
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I've noticed that even dog lovers are sometimes petrified by GSDs.
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Yep. My co-worker has a Sharpei and is terrified of my dogs that are far better behaved than hers.


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I've noticed that even dog lovers are sometimes petrified by GSDs.

Ain't that the truth!
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