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Old 01-30-2019, 05:53 PM
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I'm way too paranoid to use a dog park if there are other dogs already in there. We have a small local park that I will try to keep an eye on and figure out when it's most likely to be empty, though. It'd be nice to have that kind of large, fenced in area with a few interesting obstacles to play on and train around. But I have no interest in allowing my dog to be exposed to so many unleashed and unknown dogs. Scary!

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Old 01-30-2019, 07:10 PM
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I am not a fan, but I have been making use of them to give Shadow some much needed time off her rope. She is accustom to having a yard to play in so these last couple of months have been tough with me having her on a rope all the time.
I have found some really lovely dog parks in some fairly small towns. I make sure they are empty and let her go. As soon as I see a car approaching I leash up and leave. It really has been a great thing for us. Under normal circumstances I would never risk it.
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Old 01-30-2019, 09:48 PM
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You all would have LOVED the DP I visited in a neighboring town last week then LOL! It was at least a couple acres, but there were easily 70 or 80 dogs in there! Hard to find a lane to throw a ball...

Nyx enjoyed all the new smells though, and had to visit every remote corner, so I don't think she minded not playing fetch so much...
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Old 02-04-2019, 12:51 PM
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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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