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Ok, well Now that Jack is better and I am feeling better I am taking Jack and my other non-GSD (Josie) to the dog park everyday. They have so much fun running around and meeting other dogs. Most of the dogs are very well behaved and socialized. All I do is walk around or sit and watch the dogs run around and play.

But the last couple times this couple has brought in what looks to be a 8-9 month GSD but they have no clue how to train him. He runs around and jumps on people, nips at people, bites/starts fights with other dogs, and chases smaller unsuspecting dogs. All these people do is yell at the dog who obviously couldnt care less.

Normally if they show up I leave but if the dog jumps on me I push it off or knee it (not hard) just blocking it from jumping. Am I the only one who thinks its rude to bring your untrained dog to the dog park? Anyone else have dogs like this at their park?

It makes me sorta sad for the dog too, Hes a cute pup just doesnt have any disapline.
 

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Bringing a dog who acts like this to a dog park is not only rude to the other dog park patrons, it is also extremely dangerous. A dog with that type of energy who jumps on other dogs, starts fights, and jumps on people is a very likely cause of a dog fight. That type of behavior usually creates that type of behavior (and fighting back / defensive behavior) in other dogs.

This type of situation is exactly why I choose NOT to go to any dog parks anymore. We have been at the park twice where dogs like this came in and a fight broke out, and quite frankly, seeing my dog play with strange dogs is not worth seeing my dog injured by strange dogs. I would rather stick to one or two dog friends and have doggy play dates than put my dog in this situation.
 

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It is people like them who give dog parks a bad name. The dog park should be a place where the dogs can run, play, and have fun with one another while owners sit, chat, and laugh at the pooches. Ok, occasionally there may be a fight, but they are animals after all. Try filling a park full of children and tell me there won't be some sort of argument between somebody before the day is through. But anyway, obviously this is a problem because it happens everytime they come. Have you spoken to the dogs owners at all? Perhaps they are unaware of how to train their dog, or don't know who to go for to get help training. Maybe you could kindly suggest a trainer in your area that they could go to.
 

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I agree, it's really rude, and even more importantly, dangerous. I don't understand people letting their dogs off-leash if they can't control them. Esp if the dog is jumping on people, nipping, etc!

It's funny that this came up. Today I took Kodee to Petco with my kids and I, just to get a little exposure to other dogs in a controlled setting (dogs are all on-leash). Kodee has just recently decided he hates other dogs w/a passion, and I am trying to nip it in the bud. I actually took him to the store, so that we could work on this. I had him under control, and I worked on making him focus on me whenever he saw another dog. When he paid attention to me, he got a treat. He ignored most of the the dogs, which is a big improvement, but he barked his head off at a couple of them (from a distance. I do NOT let him get anywhere near other dogs right now. Anyway, the work is paying off, but I kind of thought "People probably think I'm a moron, bringing a dog who hates other dogs into the store", when the reality is that I was working on correcting a problem.

Sounds like those people aren't working on anything. But I was just thinking - I hope nobody is posting about me and my loud-azz dog somewhere tonight!
 

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Is this an official dog park? If it is, someone somewhere is in charge. Find out who they are and contact them.

People like this should NOT be allowed to bring their dogs to a dog park.
 

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The dog parks in my area have a rule stating that Dogs showing any signs of aggression towards people or other dogs are to be removed from the park. Of course that is easier said then done, people know the parks are not supervised so they ignore all rules.

I've been going to one dog park for over a year now and know all the dogs that have aggression problems and what time they usually arrive. So I plan my visit around them.
 

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It could be that the owners of the pup are innocently ignorant. Maybe they just need an education. Sometimes its awkward, especially if you don't know the people (unknown reaction)...but it might be worth it to strike up a friendly conversation and drop a few hints. Maybe you start by commenting on what a "beautiful" pup they have there. Then, ask them how long they've had him. Then perhaps make some comments on your dog...experiences you've had, etc. Then subtly start talking about the necessary training. Maybe even offer some places where they could sign up for some K9 "kindergarten" manners classes.

I completely agree that its rude to bring in an unruly dog into the dog park, but maybe they just aren't "in the know" yet. We all have to start somewhere.

Dog parks have always scared me for just that reason...owners that "don't get it". I just recently started going to the local dog park because I wanted Heidi to get more socialization. I've only been twice, and luckily both times have been good experiences. My lab surprised me most of all...he's turned out to be quite the socialite.
 

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Sorry its taken awhile to reply, Busy day!! Thanks so much for the suggestions on what I can/should do.
Originally Posted By: shepherdmom12 Have you spoken to the dogs owners at all? Perhaps they are unaware of how to train their dog, or don't know who to go for to get help training. Maybe you could kindly suggest a trainer in your area that they could go to.
Yeah I thought about that, I didnt stay long after their dog arrived but next time I go I will go and just say hi and strike up a convo with them.

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Sounds like those people aren't working on anything. But I was just thinking - I hope nobody is posting about me and my loud-azz dog somewhere tonight!
Congrats on the improvement and at least you are working on it with Kodee. If I saw the owner of the GSD working on it, training with the dog there Id be a lot more comfortable.

Originally Posted By: Lauri & The GangIs this an official dog park? If it is, someone somewhere is in charge. Find out who they are and contact them.

People like this should NOT be allowed to bring their dogs to a dog park.
It is an offical dog park and I just became a member of the dog park club. If I see them again and see the same behavior I will def. email the people in charge.

Originally Posted By: WolfieThe dog parks in my area have a rule stating that Dogs showing any signs of aggression towards people or other dogs are to be removed from the park. Of course that is easier said then done, people know the parks are not supervised so they ignore all rules.
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Exactly, There are posted rules but a lot of ppl ignore them. For example: Dogs under 4 mo of age are not permitted but people bring in puppies that are no older than 10wks in. I worry for those dogs.
They dont even have all their shots yet! So easy for lil pups to get sick and hurt. I brought my dogs this morning instead of evening and they werent there. I think that will be the new plan.

Originally Posted By: HeidibuIt could be that the owners of the pup are innocently ignorant. Maybe they just need an education. Sometimes its awkward, especially if you don't know the people (unknown reaction)...but it might be worth it to strike up a friendly conversation and drop a few hints.
Thats a good plan. Thanks! Next time I see them Ill def talk to them. I mean, they have good taste in dogs
I just can tell that Jack and Josie have so much fun running around and being around the other dogs I couldnt not take them anymore. Plus it wears them out so I can get stuff done without them chasing eachother in the apt. :-D


Thanks all for your responses!
 

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what a shame for one to make it not fun for the others, and for you to leave. they should be the ones to leave if they can't control their pet. it is sad for the dog. then again all the others can't enjoy the free play. i take marley to an indoor dog park. never more than 15 dogs, and they are 30 pounds and up. if a pet gets rude or unrulely they are put in time out. actually seems to work. marley loves it and has really come into herself here. its for 2 hours but she normally crashes after an hour. too funny. i hope it gets better for you, maybe the gsd's owners will eventually be told or get the hint. good luck
 

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Originally Posted By: marley girlwhat a shame for one to make it not fun for the others, and for you to leave. they should be the ones to leave if they can't control their pet. it is sad for the dog. then again all the others can't enjoy the free play. i take marley to an indoor dog park. never more than 15 dogs, and they are 30 pounds and up. if a pet gets rude or unrulely they are put in time out.
Thats really neat! I will have to look around and see if they have an indoor one around here. Sounds like it would be safer for all the pups.
 

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its really great and is connected with a doggy day care and a training facility. wonderful for pets and fam.... hope you find one.
 
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