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Old 10-31-2006, 08:14 AM
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I would never take any of my dogs to a dog park.
For all the same concerns you have, and Some people
do bring aggressive dogs or out of control dogs.

But we don't have them where I live so I don't really consider it anyway.

I would really like to go to one and really watch how well that many
strange dogs get along together and how many owners actually can
control their dogs. It would be interesting.
YOu would be suprised. I have many pics in my gallery of our dog park. I only wish it was closer so we could go daily!!!!!

none of these dogs live together but they are great park buddies..i call this one raspberries in your ears http://www.chazhound.com/pictures/sh...00&ppuser=2623
these are first time friends http://www.chazhound.com/pictures/sh...00&ppuser=2623
aslo first time meet..tag your it.. http://www.chazhound.com/pictures/sh...00&ppuser=2623
vic and Mary adore their dog park! My friend Kelly goes almost every day with her coonhounds.
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Old 10-31-2006, 08:22 AM
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I take Duke to the leashfree everyday for atleast 3hours or more. Your right with your concerns and I understand where your coming from. I have a dog that does not like all dogs but that doesnt make him aggressive where he will go out of his way to attack a dog. I think it comes down to you being able to read your own dog. I can read Duke when he's not enjoying himself and when that happens I call him and we go off by ourselves. The park I go to is 3 acres so theres plenty of room to be by yourself if you choice to be. My dog has his friends that he plays with everyday and thats all he needs and if there not there I take him into the forest area and kick the soccerball around. Im not gonna set him up for failure. But I will say this somedays there will be over 50 dogs at the park, Im not even exagerating about the number and there will not be 1 fight in the park, but then there can be only 5 dogs in the park and fights will break out the whole time. Theres good days and bad days. But Ive been going for about 5 months now and theres been maybe like 2 fights that have drawn blood. 99% of the time its all noise which always seems worse than it is. Im not trying to be like there dogs they fight but put 50 people together and not everyone is gonna get along and to me its the same with dogs. It doesnt make the dogs vicious. Personally Ill take the risk of going to see my dog have fun and enjoy himself. A few months ago he got manhandled by a 200 pound Newf and I wasnt made at the owner or anything it happens and ya Duke was nervous of huge dogs and barks at them but if I stopped bringing him he would be worse off for not continueing to go and see that he is fine and he has calmed down and doesnt get so scared with large dogs and barks once then walks to another area with me. Sorry this was so long but there are positive and negative parts to the park just like anything in life. Its completly your choice to take the risks or not. All in all Im all for dogparks.
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Old 10-31-2006, 09:59 AM
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I have only gone to the dog park a maximum of a dozen times since I got Smokey. I have seen fights break out, owners not pay any attention to their dogs and what they are doing, one lady suffered a bite on her hand when she tried to grab her dog up from an attacking dog at the gate, people with no Rabies tags on their dogs, and one dog that was uncontrollable by it's owner....... Just the law of averages is telling me that this is a risky business, so I think I am going to stand outside the park and scope out the dogs that are inside and only go in if it looks safe. I think having a small circle of other dog owners that you know is probably the safest thing..
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Old 10-31-2006, 10:50 AM
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Dog parks exist for the socialization of humans rather than for the socialization of dogs. It's a bit like a writing group - take an essentially solitary occupation - in this case, walking the dog - and turn it into a social event. If you want to do it and your dog enjoys it, fine, but if you don't, don't worry about it.

Personally, I would steer clear of the dog park when kids or teens are in it. It takes a while to develop good judgement and foresight, and kids with dogs are subject to mistakes. If their dog or yours has any issues, that's going to end badly.
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Old 10-31-2006, 10:54 AM
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i beg to disagree. Not my park anyway. Vic is there for the friends, the water with no broken glass or junk, and a great big place to run without cars. He has a heck of a lot more socialization then i do! Maybe my park is just different, but i doubt people flock to a dog park to get to know each other. We are out there for out dogs to have a safe place to run and play. Our park is huge, 50 some odd acres and maybe that makes the difference, there is enough room for the solos as well as the kids that like the playground effect like Vic. MOst of the people i see say hello to each other in passing but they keep truckin on so their dogs get a good amount of run.
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Old 10-31-2006, 02:57 PM
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We have a dog park and I never go there. There are always incidents that border on scarey. The problem with dog parks is they can't distinguish between responsible and irresponsible dog owners. If your dog is well trained, it doesn't help when somebody unleashes a dog that is not trained and is dog or people aggressive. We all know how one dicey incident can change a dog's outlook or affect his behavior.

Like somebody mentioned, illnesses can be spread. I mean, if a person is irresponsible enough to bring an uncontrolled dog to the park, then why would they bother with things like immunizations? Even with the rules, bad dog owners just shrug, it's part of a bad dog owner's personna. There is no way I would expose my beloved dog to that.
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Old 10-31-2006, 05:05 PM
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I wouldn't touch a dog park with a 10-foot pole. I'd rather have some friends over and let the dogs play in the backyard. But I, also, have an APBT, and I'm conditioned to realize that my dog isn't always going to play nice with other dogs, and that even if another dog starts the fight, she'll get the blame. Also, the concerns about unvaccinated or parasite-bearing dogs being allowed in there. Nah, too many ifs for me.
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Old 10-31-2006, 05:24 PM
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Just from reading various descriptions of dog parks in the USA, it appears that DPs in Canada (or my province) are entirely different. You dont have to pay, or get memberships to go to any of them, and it really doesn't matter if your dog has vaccinations or not. The only dog park I frequent is fairly safe with exception to the coyotes. There are normally just 2 other dogs there around the time I go. I think you just need to pick the dog park you go to carefully .
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Old 10-31-2006, 06:03 PM
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Victor could never get the run room he has there. Going around in a big circle isn't like a hard race through acres and acres. For a hunting dog like him this fills his desire to the max and makes him a happy happy dog.
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Old 10-31-2006, 07:32 PM
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I have to get up early on Thursday to take Sawyer. He hasn't been in so long; I've been avoiding it lately because it's prime burr season, but last night's wind should have helped some.
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