Post # 1
This is semi related to pets, because it’s about our local dog park. We’ve been going just about every weekend for almost a year, and our lab loves it. It gives him a chance to play and roughhouse with all the other dogs, and for the most part all of the other owners are pretty friendly. There’s one dog, however, that has shown what we consider aggressive tendencies. I’ve voiced concerns, but since the owner is a volunteer and everyone “loves” his dog, we’ve basically been told we’re idiots. So, I thought I’d ask an anonymous web forum for their opinion.
The park had this large plastic ball that our dog loved playing with, so much that we wound up buying him one for home. But the other dog has claimed it as hers. The first time our dog was playing with it, she ran from the other park, snapping and baring her teeth, and chased him off. It took several months before he would go near it when she was there. She will also push the ball around near other dogs, then when they sniff it, she charges them. She also does the same thing over tennis balls. She will carry 2 or 3 at a time, and snatch them from other dogs while growling. Last week, she did the same thing over one of the water buckets. Her owner has joked about “everyone knows not to touch one of her tennis balls or she’ll bite off a finger.”
To my knowledge, she has never actually bitten another dog. Usually she snaps at the air, barks aggressively, and chases them off. However, just because she’s never bitten doesn’t mean she’s not aggressive (to me anyway). I’ve been around dogs my whole life and have watched them playing, even play fighting like they do. But to the volunteer board, owner, and other owners who happen to be friends with him, she’s just playing and we’re wrong for being upset.
Post # 3
@OkieHeart: that dog actually sounds like mine. Know what? I stopped taking him to the dog park. That is not appropriate dog park behavior. That said, if your dog doesn’t engage her then I wouldn’t worry about it too much.
Post # 4
That’s great that you did that. I think owners need to be aware of their dogs behavior and how it could potentially endanger other dogs or dog owners. Unfortunately, some people aren’t so courteous!
OP, if your dog seems to have learned not to go near her or her “things” then he’ll be fine. But you’re right that maybe the dog park isn’t a good fit for this dog…
Post # 5
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It is a dog owner’s responsibility to manage their dog’s behavior, particularly at a dog park where there are so many other dogs. It really bothers me when owners don’t actively step in when they see issues arise like this; just because a dog hasn’t gotten physically violent (yet) doesn’t mean that they should just be able to act however they want. It wouldn’t be a huge deal, I suppose, if it was just one tennis ball, or one ball, but since it sounds like she is displaying this behavior over a lot of the toys there, and the water bowl, that concerns me. The owner really should be stepping in to let her know “hey, that isn’t okay, you need to share with these other dogs.” Particularly the water. If he can’t do that, or if the dog isn’t able to handle it, then the dog park definitely isn’t the place for her, at least until she gets that behavior under control.
Not sure, really, what you can do at this point, but that sucks 🙁 I’m sorry.
Post # 6
Is there any way to go when the other dog isn’t there?
personally yes as soon as a dog is growling & baring its teeth at my dog, I would be up in arms. But other than taking your dog when the other one isn’t there, I don’t see much you can do if no one else sees a problem (which is stupid to me, the dog obviously IS aggressive even if it hasn’t bit YET)
Post # 7
I almost punched a “B” at the dog park once. Her butt was sitting on a bench in the front of the park. Her dog was very aggressive and probably intact. It pinned my puppy down several times. Luckily a man with a pit bull walked past and this mean dog took off after them. A few minutes later I hear the man yelling. He leaves.
Mean dog goes to the front of the park and my puppy and I make friends with another woman and her dog. Mean dog comes back and terrorizes us. I yell that someone needs to get this dog.
The woman gets off the bench and saunters over saying that is how dogs play and if my dog can’t handle it, I need to go to the small dog section. I asked how she knew it was just play since her ass was sitting on a bench no where NEAR us. I said that I know how dogs play and that was not play – her dog was aggressive. Seriously, it charged a pit bull and made the pit bull leave. More words. Finally this mean dog leaves.
I asked the woman I made friends with if I was being too sensitive. She agreed with me. Long story short, people can be assholes at the dog park. Unfortantely, I have not been back since that incident.
Post # 8
Unfortunately that’s not possible. First the only time we can go is the weekend because we both work and the park is closed during the week. Second, he’s a volunteer and retired, so he’s there every day, and usually there for most of the day. We’d go to another park, but this one is closest and nicer than the other one in town. The other dog park caters to the “working” dogs (pits bred for fighting, etc), and I don’t want our mutt becoming aggressive. He has such a friendly personality that I’d hate for that to change.
Someone posted on facebook how this owner is being attacked unjustly. I posted my observations, and was bashed for it. “I’ve known them for years and she’s never bitten another dog or human.” “My dog plays with her all the time, that’s just how she plays”. etc. A couple others voiced their concerns, but mostly it comes down to everyone loves the guy and thinks the dog is fine. Also, when I mentioned he & my fiance getting into it last week & he attacked my fiance, I was essentially told I’m lying. “I highly doubt he said that.” Short of not taking him to the park anymore (which isn’t an option because he loves going and would have a fit if we stopped now), we’re at a loss.