Iím not an advocate of dog parks at all. The three training centers I go to all do not recommend using dog parks.
Our apt group has a private dog park. They spent a lot of money upgrading it putting round river rock in the middle then wrecked it by adding wood chips all around on the inside. These harbor ticks and other parasites and provide a place for the inconsiderate to allow their dogs to poop then donít pick it up. Even though there is a convent poop bag dispenser and trash can.
There are 75-100 dogs in our building alone with four building in the group, so you can imagine how many dogs there are here. In 8 years I have only seen two trained dogs besides mine. One is a Mal detection dog the other is a couch potato lab that never strays more than a couple feet from the owner.
The dog park Has nice features, an elevated dog walk, a big tier run thru, teeter tot, and a short weave pole. It would be fun to use but the people just turn their dogs loose and go play on their phones and smoke cigs.
I tried it once with my new rescue Aussie even though it was against my experience. Sometimes you just donít learn. She had fun and did really well for a new dog with only a week of leash training . I use a 30 or 60 foot leash even here. I saw the Rotty coming and we promptly left. We were about a block away and Sam turned to look back. I follow her gaze and saw the Rotty coming full tilt towards us off leash. The dog was fat and probably well over 100 pounds. I turned to face him off but he came right at us. I grabbed his collar and yanked him up off his front feet. Twisting the collar as hard as I could I managed to throttle him. The owner came waddling up and started to yell but I drowned him out and told him to get his dog out of here immediately or I was calling the cops. This is an on leash only city and I knew the cops donít take kindly to off leash problems. The guy didnít even have a leash with him. Needless to say I was furious. I told the guy I was reporting this to the office, which I did.
A short time later I was getting the mail and a lady said she heard I had a run in with the Rotty and the guy. She said I was the first to ever stand up to him as he abuses everyone. I told her I wasnít happy about it and that I just donít take kindly to off leash dogs charging me. Iíll do what I have to do to protect my dog and my self.
So I simply donít like dog parks.
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