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post #11 of 164 (permalink) Old 10-23-2012, 06:34 PM
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One of my pet peeves is folk who chuck a ball for their dog in the middle of a busy dog park an complain when other dogs chase their dog or steal their ball. I have seen some people get quite upset about that.
As I say it's mostly the people that are the problem not the dogs.
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I've tended to stop going as much lately because my dog finally has very reliable recall and I trust him in an unfenced area to stick around me. Before I would go to the dog park but be extra vigilant for exactly the same reasons OP mentioned. The breed has a reputation, anything my dog is involved in will probably be blamed on my dog, so I don't let him get involved in anything. He's extremely social and loves other dogs but he can get into dominance issues with other dogs and then I have to call him off or make sure he doesn't do anything.

For those of you with yards, with a pack of dogs, I don't see any reason to go to the dog park. But many of you don't think about the people living in cities, that might not have a lot of friends with dogs, and if they have friends with dogs they don't have anywhere fenced to let them play. So a dog park is a wonderful thing for them.

I think the more ignorant someone is, the better dog parks are for them. There are issues...but rarely is there a death or a bloody fight. I've actually never in 2.5 years of going to various dog parks seen any dog get seriously injured. There have been scrums, there have been fights, but I've actually never even seen blood get drawn from a dog. People around here are vigilant, don't want their dogs hurt, don't want to hurt other dogs, and so they don't allow it. A person that does bring an aggressive pooch usually gets quickly shunned and judged...and trust me they care when 20 people are looking at them funny and holding their dogs back. Or even saying things to them about their dog.

If we had a thread for each time a person went to the dog park and didn't have any issues, and just had a great time with their dog, those would out number the "I had a bad experience" threads by thousands.
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i visit our dog park at least 3 times a week and more when possible. only one person, looks to be in his eighties, doesn't bend down to clean up after his dog, we all do it for him. others are handed a plastic bag if they are unfamiliar with dog park etiquette. i am amazed at how well all dogs get along. never an incident.
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Some are good, some are bad. It's all about space. If it's just a small area where you stand around and your dog plays with other dogs and has nothing else to do, it's probably bad. Because then dogs start to get used to each other and then they start to figure out pack order and what they can get away with. They can also start forming packs and harassing other dogs. These can start fights.

If it's a dog park that is measured in acres and you actually walk your dog around the dog park instead of stand there, then it's probably a good dog park. Dogs don't bother figuring out pack structure when they are just sniffing and moving on. Packs won't form either because you usually just walk by another dog and owner and that's it.

Ours are big, with the biggest being 150 acres. Dogs of all sizes go there. I've seen a chihuahua puppy that was about the size of a hamster there and nothing bad happened because there's no pack mentality going on with groups of dogs because there are no groups of dogs and dogs don't spend enough time with each other to start chasing games that can escalate when dogs are unfamiliar with each other.


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Ours are big, with the biggest being 150 acres. Dogs of all sizes go there. I've seen a chihuahua puppy that was about the size of a hamster there and nothing bad happened because there's no pack mentality going on with groups of dogs because there are no groups of dogs and dogs don't spend enough time with each other to start chasing games that can escalate when dogs are unfamiliar with each other.


I imagine this is why our park does not have incidents like the one that sparked the other thread. With 25 acres and the rule that standing and gathering is not allowed, the dogs are always moving away from each other, and the owners are always vigilant, so there are no packs to hunt down little dogs and what not.

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One of my pet peeves is folk who chuck a ball for their dog in the middle of a busy dog park an complain when other dogs chase their dog or steal their ball. I have seen some people get quite upset about that.
As I say it's mostly the people that are the problem not the dogs.
Yeah, I mean if it's so valuable why bring it to a dog park. I would kind of thank people politely when Alice was younger if their dog took her ball and they returned it......
"No thanks, we'll find another....no value" It's probably why she doesn't get all guardy about stuff.

I do miss the socialization that Alice got from hanging out with dogs her own size. She really is a dork and likes to play.
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I'm totally indifferent, they aren't for me. If other people want to go, it's their choice.
I think dog parks are only as good as the people running them and the people attending them. I believe they are one more thing a prudent dog owner needs to research before making an informed decision on.
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Our dog parks are small gated areas. Like a backyard. There's no way I would ever take my dogs. I have a pit and a german shep and I feel like if something were to ever happen mine would be to blame simply by breed. If my dog is going to play with another dog, it's going to be one I choose because I know it's a stable do with an dog-intelligent owner.


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I think they're good in general. If the people pick up after their dogs, that really makes or breaks it for me. I've seen one that was just a feces-pit, so I wouldn't use that one. The vast acreage ones sound amazing, but ours is just a small fenced area.

It isn't very busy, if you pick off hours, so half of our time is spent alone playing frisbee. It's nice to use the safety of the park for doing off-leash training, and using the other dogs as a distraction. When the dogs are well matched it's a wonderful thing to watch. I love seeing dogs run and play together!

Using a dog park comes with a risk, but I never take my eyes off my puppy and I watch other dogs for signs of trouble, and stop it before it starts. Or leave, depending on what's going on. It isn't right for everyone, or for every dog either. So far it's been a great for my puppy, but I wish more people could read their dogs better, because I've seen quite a few that shouldn't be there.
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