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Old 10-12-2019, 11:10 AM   #31 (permalink)
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I took my dog several times to a local dog park. It sure didn't look like the lovely ones in this post. Also, I was warned by someone (I forget, vet, groomer?) that two dogs had been killed by other dogs at the park. One was inside the park, one was being carried by its owner to their car!
My goodness!! They should shut it down. That's awful.

A leashed dachshund was killed in the parking lot of one of our beaches this summer. Happened lightning-fast. A man was there with his young daughter and removed his dog's muzzle as they were loading up to go home. That's all it took. Split-second and his dog was ON the dachshund. The dachshund later died at the vet's office.

Making the whole thing worse, the dachshund's owner was in shock and assumed her dog would be okay, so she didn't get any of the other owner's contact information. As far as I know, despite the help of local news outlets, he was never tracked down (nor did he come forward).
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Old 10-12-2019, 11:55 AM   #32 (permalink)
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I wonder if the Humane Society in my area has something like that. I would LOVE it
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How horrible! Our dogs depend on us to keep them safe yet would give their lives protecting us. Sometimes it brings tears to my eyes. I try so hard never to put mine in a position where they could get hurt-- but sometimes it only takes a second of inattention or less than good judgment. I guess basically I'm afraid of big dogs, especially aggressive breeds. One of my husband's coworkers had an Akita that killed and ate their neighbor's poodle.
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Whooooa, Countryboy. Whenever I see a new person come in, I get full data on their dog. I try to have them and their dog have a good experience. Just the way a wonderful man did for me and Maizie when we first visited the dog park. I give the newbies plenty of tips. Most dogs are a little nervous, and I can work with that.
Me too. I've been that 'wonderful man' on many occasions. Not only that, I watch other people's dogs that look to be getting out of hand and I will intervene. *Tonka doesn't need non-stop observation.*

I've taken tiny, new muffins from cowering between my legs to blazing out ahead of the pack... in a couple of visits. I love that!

But then I'm a crusty ol' SOB who knows dogs... and the park.

Please don't blame the park. Instead, think about what YOU would do differently next time.
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I just think that even first time goers to a dog park, can be very responsible dog owners there. When I went, Millie was right beside us as we ate lunch, she didnít wander off. It was not my fault that this dog came and started bothering her. So how can you blame an annex who does their due diligence, or the dog that wonít leave its owners side? I donít get it. No matter how well the owner and dog behave, it doesnít prevent another dog, whose owner isnít watching, to harass the other one. So yes,I blame the other owner. He had no clue until I shouted out for the owner. Thatís why I donít go to dog parks, because of the other owners.


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That's a couple of times someone's mentioned eating lunch in a dog park. Which strikes me as somewhat odd.

We regulars love to see people bringing food into our park. We chuckle as they figure out why it's against our rules... as they're mobbed by dogs.

Food and toys are not allowed. They introduce a whole new, potentially dangerous, variable to the mix of dogs and owners.
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Oh yes, no food for humans or dogs allowed at my park either! Coffee and water are okay though
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The dachshund later died at the vet's office. Making the whole thing worse, the dachshund's owner was in shock and assumed her dog would be okay, so she didn't get any of the other owner's contact information. As far as I know, despite the help of local news outlets, he was never tracked down (nor did he come forward).
That is just heartbreaking :'(

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Me too. I've been that 'wonderful man' on many occasions. Not only that, I watch other people's dogs that look to be getting out of hand and I will intervene. *Tonka doesn't need non-stop observation.*

I've taken tiny, new muffins from cowering between my legs to blazing out ahead of the pack... in a couple of visits. I love that!

But then I'm a crusty ol' SOB who knows dogs... and the park.
Countryboy, I can imagine you are like the regulars at my dog park. It is a nice feeling to help other dogs feel comfortable. Good for you.
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Shaking my head in puzzlement about the food! Food, whether for people or for treats, etc will attract dogs.

If you are busy paying attention to food, and trying to chase dogs away that are attracted to it, you are not paying close attention to what your dog is doing, and what every dog in the park is doing.

Paying close attention to all of the activity, to dog body language of your dog and all of the other dogs, to humans who are not paying attention, etc. is so important. That way you can be warned early if there is any potential for problems in the dog park. And also you can watch for other dogs and owners that you Would like your dog to be around.

If you just want to go to a park to eat lunch with your dog next to you, go to a regular park and have your dog on a leash. Don't go to dog park where the purpose is for dogs to get exercise and run and play off-leash.

Bravo for those looking to help the newbies to the park. I too always try to spend a few minutes with them, maybe walk a lap around the park with them, and point out friendly dogs and owners, as well as if there is a dog there to watch closely for any potential problem.

Getting to know the other owners is so helpful too. Friends always pitch in to help each other.
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Itís funny that you think food is so bad at a dog park. The most popular one, and the one we went to, has picnic tables at the far back against the fence, under a pavilion. So yes, food was allowed. Our food did not attract one dog, as the play area was away from us. Millie attracted the poodle... he never even looked at us or our food. Lots of people eat lunch there. The park is huge, grassy, trees, a lake... plenty of places to play not along the fence line where the cars are parked.

It was just a bad experience, because of one dog and the owner who didnít take responsibility. Like I said, most of the other owners were standing in a large group by the lake with not one of them watching their dogs. They had beer, wine and who knows what else. My dad and I both felt like the most responsible ones there. With Millie never having been to a dog park we stayed with her, and her us. (Didnít have to coax her, she wasnít impressed with all the mayhem). So go ahead and say I was irresponsible, but I know the truth, and thatís all that matters.


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