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I love going to the dog park. But we normally have smart people there.

Now I'll stand outside of the gates and observe the other dogs first before going in. There was a rottweiler/lab mix looking dog there once and he was definitely a troublemaker. Almost started a few fights, owner wasn't even paying attention to him. I just played with Sania in the field outside of the fenced area where he was.
 

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I don't go to dog parks, either.
In general, I don't think it's a good idea to let your dog handle the situation.

Of course I'm going against my own actions -- Years ago, I had little yapping foo foos always coming after my dogs, biting at their ankles, when we'd go on our daily walks at a big park. After months of being "attacked," and the idiot owner doing nothing about it -- not even calling his dogs -- I allowed my Morgan to take care of the situation:

Main Foo Foo came up, as usual, snapping and growling at Morgan's ankles. Morgan, in one swift move with just the right amount of force, reached back and snapped at Foo Foo, nailing him just a little. I heard a little "yelp!" and Foo Foo ran. Never again. It never happened again. I walked away with an evil grin.
 

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I stopped taking my dogs to dog parks after my then 9 month old Echo was attacked by a pack of huskies who were there without authorization as part of a "rescue group". They went on full pack attack, luckily I saw it coming and was able to kick, grab, and throw them off enough that Echo wasn't seriously injured. Dog parks are the equivalent of inner city gang zones.
 

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Unfortunately my 7 month old is being reactive to other dogs. I take her to the dog park but like you mention, we stay outside the fence. This allows her to safely watch and sniff others dogs which come up to the fence and has been helpful. Most of the dogs seem friendly and well behaved.

I'm very, very reluctant to take her in though, mainly because (as others mention) it would only take one bad experience to put us really on the wrong track....

I love going to the dog park. But we normally have smart people there.

Now I'll stand outside of the gates and observe the other dogs first before going in. There was a rottweiler/lab mix looking dog there once and he was definitely a troublemaker. Almost started a few fights, owner wasn't even paying attention to him. I just played with Sania in the field outside of the fenced area where he was.
 

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We have a dog park in our development that is only open to homeowners. It's a great thing that it is private b/c you get to know everyone and it is often empty and a great place to meet with your dog's friends without others if you like, or go alone to train off leash in a large area.
I have stopped going to the planned meetings where there are a lot of dogs b/c some aren't well behaved. Also since Max is not altered he will be blamed even though he is not aggressive b/c, I have been told, other dogs will be aggressive toward him.
****So I want to ask those with more dog park experience than I if you think this is the case? How much do unaltered dogs cause aggression in those around it?
 

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my 2 cents, I went to the dog park a few time when Max was a pup, and from time to time he would be attacked like you described, so I ask my instructor about this, he said "dont go to the dog park", he seen the expression on my face and knew that was not a satisfactory answer, he said right now your dog does not know how to fight, and if you keep going then he will learn to fight and then you will have a problem
 

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Everyone had very valid point and concerns. It looks like the only think really to do is be very cautious of bad owners and untrained pets and avoid crowed dog parks. I think I may have been a little confusing in my post regarding my BF, he thought that I was "babying" him and that it was causing more of a negative effect than good. Not that he wanted me to intentionally allow him to stay and fight his own battles ( Luno is still a young pup).

I mainly was concerned about whether I was over reacting ( in the case of the dog biting and him yelping I know I wasn't!) I was wondering if grabbing him by the collar and leading him away was a negative thing or what I should have done in this circumstance or what other have done?
 

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We have a dog park in our development that is only open to homeowners. It's a great thing that it is private b/c you get to know everyone and it is often empty and a great place to meet with your dog's friends without others if you like, or go alone to train off leash in a large area.
I have stopped going to the planned meetings where there are a lot of dogs b/c some aren't well behaved. Also since Max is not altered he will be blamed even though he is not aggressive b/c, I have been told, other dogs will be aggressive toward him.
****So I want to ask those with more dog park experience than I if you think this is the case? How much do unaltered dogs cause aggression in those around it?

In my experience its usually the altered dogs who are the most aggressive at the dog parks. The dog park back home, the altered dogs were pretty much given free reign and got away with things because their owners assumed they were 'cool' since they were fixed. While the unaltered dogs were usually the best behaved because their owners knew they needed more attention and socialization. thats the best explanation i have for it.
 

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Hmmm. Yeah I suspected they were making an excuse. But you know if anything does happen the unaltered GSD will be blamed! So I will stay away unless I know the dogs/owners present are OK. Thanks!
 
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