12th February 2014, 08:02 PM
What do you think about dog parks?
I have taken my dog Charlie to the dog park a couple of times and I really enjoyed it and he had fun running around with the other dogs. There is a fenced in spot for dogs 35 lbs and under and another fenced in spot for the big dogs. I was talking to a friend the other day about the dog park and she said she wouldn't take her dog to a dog park because she isn't quite sure about the other dogs, whether or not they have been vaccinated, have any diseases, etc. Now she got me thinking about it and wanted to ask you what you think of dogs parks. Everyone there seemed like they were responsible pet owners...
12th February 2014, 08:31 PM
The dog park near me does not have separate areas for big and little dogs. From what I've observed, too many owners are not monitoring their dogs and I could see how a fight could easily break out. So, no dog park for my guys.
It sounds like you have a good situation though, with attentive owners. I would always be on high alert though. Situations can change in an instant.
12th February 2014, 11:03 PM
It got too cold last fall before we could take Bentley, but we had the paperwork all in for our dog park. By that I mean we had to have our vet's report that verified that he's up to date on all vaccinations, etc.
13th February 2014, 01:15 PM
This is exactly why I won't take my dog to a dog park. The few times I have asked dog trainers & groomers what they think of dog parks, none of them are enthusiastic or even positive, thus confirming my decision. Diseases are the least of my concerns.
Originally Posted by joandesan
13th February 2014, 05:47 PM
This. We used to be members of a local dog park. We're not anymore. One of our dogs would get blamed for fighting when she was nowhere near the fight. Luke didn't play with the other dogs when we did go. He only wanted to go in and play with his ball. I'd only take him in when it was empty, and he could play by himself. He'll allow another dog to get the ball, but he's not happy about it. Even now, I've allowed him loose in the place we train with a few other dogs. They're all bigger than him. They run around and play together, Luke finds a ball and follows people around till they throw it. He plays a it at home, mostly with our other bigger dog. Just yesterday she was dragging him around the room while they were tugging together. He and our other, small dog who is his size, they don't play together. When and if he does play, it's always with the bigger dogs. He doesn't play with dogs his size. The other issue is people who don't recognize what normal play is. My bigger dog is very loud when she plays. She and Luke sound like something horrible is going on when they are together. This really alarms people who are clueless. She will drag him around a bit. When he is done with it, he has no issue getting up and telling her to stop. He always decides when he is done. People don't recognize normal play, and they also don't recognize when a dog has given signals that they don't like something, or don't want to play anymore. They don't have reliable recalls, and can't call their dogs away if they do even recognize that they need a break.
Originally Posted by joandesan
13th February 2014, 10:43 PM
Shelley, that sounds like a great park. We have a huge dog park space near us but they don;t divide it -- I'd be happier if they did (we have a mix of big and small dogs). I do worry about our big dogs hurting smallies accidentally. At the same time -- everyone there is always really nice and it's great to have the dogs meet other dogs. A lot of dogs benefit from mixing even though owners might think them a bit uncomfortable -- . And yes it is true that some dogs play rougher than others. We have one that can appear to be aggressive when it is actually just how he plays -- have had my trainer friends observe his interactions to be sure they are OK. But do think owners of aggressive players probably need to recognise the dog probably cannot be loose in a dog park IF s/he is going after other dogs in an aggressive and potentially intimidating way as not all dogs feel OK with that type of playing. Ad as long as owners know signals for overexcitement which can then move on to become more dangerous. If just playing with his/her 'own' dogs then a friendly explanation to other dogs owners can really help! Our pyreneans are still puppyish and can appear overwhelming to other people (more than their dogs...) so when people come into the park we usually put them on leads until we know if they are OK with them off-lead. In short: yes, there's a lot of etiquette to a dog park visit and it can be a bit uncertain at times.
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14th February 2014, 12:10 AM
Thanks so much for the feedback!