How would you socialize your dogs with other dogs besides their pack without dog parks? And do you feel that socializing outside of their pack and family is important?
I am thinking I might join an obedience club with Harry to get him socialization and learn obedience commands. He knows many of the basics and silly tricks so maybe we can learn some new things. The agility classes here are only 2 times a year and there aren't a lot of dog shows in this area. There is a doggie playdate but it's not during a convenient time for me and my family. We don't exactly live in a dog friendly city. It's more of a tourist city.Personally, Paris is socialised at dog shows (agility/obedience/rally/confirmation)as well as by being at work with me daily. I don't like dog parks much except when it's otherwise empty as a place I can let Paris run like a looney. lol
I take my dogs out a lot... walking, hiking etc. You can actually meet a lot of people on walks, and you’ll soon realize who in your neighborhood have dogs and who don’t/ who’s dogs are good to have your dogs socialize with and who to stay away from.How would you socialize your dogs with other dogs besides their pack without dog parks? And do you feel that socializing outside of their pack and family is important?
I think socialization towards humans is way more important that being socialized around other dogs. I think controlled environments are better, puppy classes, obedience, pet stores, etc. I'm not a fan of dog parks and I think there's a good chance efforts to socialize at the dog park can back fire. If your puppy is pounced on or attacked by an out of control dog, it could end up being traumatized. I've heard too many stories about idiots at the dog park and so many people don't understand dog behavior.
Meet and Greet should always be in control by the owners with the dogs leashed. I have never taken Cooper to a dog park because I am not comfortable with the off leash freedom around dogs that we don't know. I would of never thought about it being dangerous either, until it was brought up when I was taking Cooper to puppy classes.Thats exactly why we don't do dog parks. Zachary has never been the same and we have had to put in a lot of work just to get him to trust other dogs since the incident...but at the time we didn't know anyone with dogs and it was suggested that a dog park would be a good place to socialize, well not it was simply a good way for my dog to get hurt and develop trust issues with other dogs.
I took Eli to Fort Funston and he had a great time. I agree that it's much different then a gated dog park. The main attraction there isnt the dogs but the beach scenery and all thats around. I feel better about places like that then an actual dog park. Its too bad that fort funston is a 1hr 45min drive for me otherwise Id be there often!I love going to the park with my guys, but it's not really a dog park as there are not gates. It's an off leash doggy paradise, a piece of government land that used to be a fort. The views are spectacular and there is a beach access, although I prefer going elsewhere for the beach walks. We are lucky in S.F. to have an official off leash beach where dogs can play.