It really depends on the people who take their dogs. I have met some absolute idiots at dog parks. One woman who brought her dog carried a branch around and any dog that came near her dog he would threaten it with the branch. I told her that she is more likely to get hurt by doing that because she is exhibiting threatening behaviour. I asked her why she brought her dog to a dog park if she doesn't want it to socialise. One dog tried to mount her do and she went to hit it, I grabbed the branch before she could and told her she needs to do some serious reading on dog behaviour before she goes to a dog park again. ABSOLUTELY NUTS!
At another dog park my Bella was attacked by a German Shepard. Now all Bella was doing when this happened was sniffing near the fence, a small dog came up and growled at her and nipped at her, she growled back and turned back to the fence, the other dog growled again and then the German Shepard came and grabbed her flank and sunk its teeth in. My husband got her away, and we were so upset. The man with the small dog apologised and took his dog, and a couple of other people with small dogs left but the people with the German Shepard stayed and started playing fetch! I was so mad! I took her to the vet and she had shallow puncture wounds. I wish I could take that day back and tell those people off and ask them to pay for the vet bill.
My advise is to look at reviews of dog parks and find one in a decent area.
There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
- Bern Williams