(Closed) Dog park rant!

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

How big is your dog? I know others will disagree, but based on personal experience I would never again take a small dog or small puppy to a “big dog” park. It can be extremely dangerous. It would be wonderful if everyone was a responsible pet owner and only brought friendly, socialized, well behaved dogs to dog parks…but since that isn’t the case, I choose to avoid them with my small dog. 

Post # 3
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Helper bee

Ugh this is exactly the reason we no longer take our dog to the dog park. He actually got pretty badly bit by a dog who was territorial over the pool. After he healed, we took him back to the park so he would not develop a complex about all dogs over one bad one and the same dog that bit him was there doing the same thing with the pool! I lost it on the owner and we haven’t been back since. We take him to my parents’ house with lots of open space to run around now, but unforunately not much other doggy interaction after our bad experiences. :/ It’s just not worth it and you can’t rely on other owners to be responsible. Sorry this happened to you!

Post # 5
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376 posts
Helper bee

Fiance and I go to dog parks A LOT. We have memberships to two and there’s a free one we like too. Our oldest dog (only 9 months) is 60 pounds so we never go to the small dog side. And there’s usually a HUGE fence separating the two areas…it sounds like your park doesn’t have a great way of separating the large and small dogs. And the two we pay for won’t let dogs under 25 pounds into the large dog area since it can easily be dangerous. 

The owner of the energetic puppy SHOULD HAVE controlled her dog. Ours will jump all around smaller dogs wanting to play but we stop that immediately because she could break the back of a small dog in one jump. And we never let our pup jump on people since we know a lot of people aren’t used to withstanding 60 pounds in a jump. We’re also somewhat lucky because our pup has her freak out for about 10 minutes then calms down to be a normal dog. 

If I were you, I would make sure to always stay in the small dog park. Some large dogs aren’t good with small dogs, I’ve seen it first hand at dog parks. And they have those rules for a reason. IF you are in the large dog area, I think you assume some risk in being there. Not all dogs are calm at a dog park (it’s like kids in a park – they want to run and be crazy too). I wouldn’t let this incident ruin all dog parks. Go back and try again but stay in the designated small dog area if your pup is under 25 pounds.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

ya….  I don’t do dog parks.  My dog is large (70 pounds), always nice to other dogs and is always on a lead.  The lead is the only way I know I can ensure my dog is safe.  I do not trust other people and other dogs.  

But…  I don’t do nipping.  No, no and no.  Nipping at another dogs feet is aggressive and not okay.  There was a street dog one time that followed my dog and started nipping at her feet.  What the hell?  I mean that is a way to start a dog fight.  My dog usually minds her business but the nipping totally pissed her off.  That lady needs her dog on a lead and she needs to correct the frecking nipping issue.  

Post # 8
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376 posts
Helper bee

skplue :  We pay for two parks because to be a member they verify shots and behavior of your dog. We know when we go to one of those two that all the dogs have passed the screening, which really puts our minds at ease. 

The only reason we like the free one is because they have a lake and a dock. But that’s the one where we’ve witnessed dog fights. I carry a mace gun there just in case there’s dog fights. And we also saw a great dane pick up a mini pinscher once. Luckily the little guy only needed some stitches but the owners never did go back into the big dog space.

I would definitely look for paid parks! Both the ones we belong to are HUGE! Each section is about an acre but there is a space with picnic tables where both dog can get into (through a gate) if people had a dog of each size. Totally worth it! Both are only $35 per year for two dogs.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

kp2kc :  yup, I had almost the exact same issue (just minus the pool.)

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

skplue :  suggestions for other ways to socialize him: puppy socialization classes, puppy playgroups (you can find them on meetup or neighborhood message boards, friends/family who have dogs 

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

In my experience dog parks are terrible for socialization. I’d call your vet and local humane society and see if there are any puppy play groups they know of. Usually those are monitored at least.

We haven’t gone back since our one dog was pinned to the ground screaming by a St. Bernard and the owner wasn’t even around to pull it off. Obviously I don’t want my dog hurt, but I won’t lie, I was afraid to grab this 150 lb. snarling dog I didn’t know. Some random woman ended up grabbing him and walking over to the owner and telling her to put it on a leash or leave.

Post # 12
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376 posts
Helper bee

WestCoastV :  Yess!! Our 8 week old puppy is going to puppy play time at Petsmart and Petco. Not sure where you live but this is great time to socialize and it’s supervised by a trainer! 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Ruby Princess

unfortunately it’s really common to encounter irresponsible dog owners at dogparks. my recommendations are if you’re going to go, go during the week in the morning. there are usually people that come during the week that are regulars and know the rules and the dogs are socialized. if you go on the weekends that’s when you are more likely to come upon weekend warrior dogs who don’t come as often. You didn’t do anything wrong. The other owner should have controlled her dog better. I think the more you go, the more you get to know which dogs are fine. there will always be a dog that rolls in that you just don’t feel comfortable with, or who is overly energetic, or whatever, it’s best to just leave for the day. 

I def don’t think you need to stop going. it’s good socialization for the pup, and it can be social for you. (though dogpark crowds can be kind of clique-y and weird, but that’s a story for another time) Maybe try a doggie day care for a day or two a week if you decide not to go to the dogpark anymore. i don’t think you should give up. just know that you may have to pull your dog at any time, and that’s just how it goes. not all dogs are going to get along. even ‘good’ dogs. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

There is a public unregulated volunteer maintained dog park in our city that is very close to our house. We stopped going after my Fiance had to literally throw a dog off my dog to break up an attack while its owner started cursing at my FI saying it’s just how dogs play. No, when my dog is trying to run away crying, it’s not just play anymore. We go to another dog park now that you have to pay to be a member and have up to date vet records. I’m sorry your dog went through that. Have you checked out the humane society? They have play times and classes specifically for socialization. Good luck!

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