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Q: How many of you think dog parks are good or bad??

May 27, 2009 | By Courtney H. | 9 answers | Expired: 1909 days ago

Courtney H.

I am just curious. Some people think dog parks are a wonderful thing. I am one who thinks they are a nightmare and would not go to them. I see so many pictures posted on this site of dogs at dog parks and the headings have to make me wonder. People think a dog is having a good time yet the dog is exhibiting all stress signs. How many of you go to them or have had a bad experience and will never go back?

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Swayloveswasabi34
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Jun 08, 2009

I really don't think it could be a good thing, you may have a good dog under control. But there are people that take their dogs who don't have control and ruin it for everyone. Its a easy place to pick up fleas and sickness. In a perfect world it would be wonderful

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

May 31, 2009

i think dog parks are bad because last time i was tere my dog got into a fight, and no one tried to stop exept me . everyone was just watching and talking.

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karla w.
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May 28, 2009

I think they are ok for people who dont have yards, so the dog can run loose.

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JerZgirl
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May 28, 2009

As said in my answer on the repeat question of this...I would not recommend dog parks.

Too many morons bring in their un-trained, aggressive, intact, un-vaccinated dog to dog parks. Its only asking for trouble. That and too many people cannot interpret dog behvior-there is a fine line between rough play and a fight. Also, too many people are too busy chit chatting with everyone else to pay attention to their dog.

If you want to socialize your dog or puppy try a doggy daycare facility or a fun pet training class-at least the dogs there are required to be UTD on shots and free of parasites and kennel cough. They also assess the dog before letting it become a client.

Maybe its just the dog parks in my area that leave me with a bad taste in my mouth about them. I was a at a fun match for my local kennel club at my park which was right near the dog run and I swear there were at LEAST 6 fights in one hour in the large dog area. It was getting so bad one member shouted "DOG PARKS ARE FOR LAZY PEOPLE WHO DONT WANT TO WALK THEIR DOGS!" And you know...she is right to a point.

I would like an idea of privatley renting out a dog run for just your own dogs for a fee that would go into maintaining the park...but no public dog parks for me or my dogs.

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Jerry M.
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May 28, 2009

It depends on the dog park I think. We have a quite a few in the detroit metro area but none really close to us. They all seem pretty exclusive, they want to see shot records, and make sure your dog is not aggressive, have rules about leashes, and monthly fees. I think some of the rules are going to far but I imagine these are pretty safe. Ripley is still a few weeks to young to go to these dog parks since we are waiting on one more set of shots (rabies), but we are excited about taking him. He loves other dogs, and I want to make sure he is as socialized as possible.

I did hear about this one dog park that is sort of far, that you have to be invited to and attend a meeting before they will even tell you the location and address. That's crazy to me, but interesting too.

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Debra B.
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May 28, 2009

I don't own a dog, but several people have told me horror stories about visiting dog parks and their dogs getting attacked by other larger and far less socialized dogs. I can draw an analogy to human child parks where bullies or unsupervised children aren't monitored and ruin the experience for other kids. There will be pet/human parents who just don't care about their pet's/kid's behavior, refuse to discipline or intercede, and absolutely will NOT tolerate being told how they have less than exemplar kids or parenting skills. I have been told by a parent that I can't talk to their child that way when the kid is doing something very dangerous, and will take offense to my indirect criticism of their parenting skills. If the child or dog is not well behaved, then I view that as a reflection of the parent-child interaction, or lack there of.
I would get to know which set of humans and dog/child to avoid and just not go into the park if they are present. To me, injury to my child, human or dog, is not worth the risk. If the dog or kid is not going to have an enjoyable experience, then why bother going to a park? Just my thoughts.

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Anonymous

May 28, 2009

I was at the one in Echo Lake park one night when a drunk guy came in with a rottie, you could tell the rottie was not friendly, but the guy let him in and we all watched it attack a great dane puppy. Tore its face open. We called the cops and got the pup to the e.r. Physically, the dog is fine, but mentally he's a mess. I will never go to that park again. I have gone to the one in Basking Ridge, but I study it very carefully before I go in. The problem is that too many people do not really know their dogs, or just don't care.

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Anonymous

May 27, 2009

Although I have never been to one, they can be good and bad in many ways. The good thing is that you are getting your dog used to other dogs and people. They learn new smells and new things all the time at dog parks. They have lots of fun playing there to. The bad thing, well you shouldn't take your dog to a dog park if it has never been around other dogs before or if it hasn't been spayed or nuetured because that could get a fight started. They may fight over anything really. But they can also catch diseases from other dogs or humans. So there are both good and bad things about a dog park. :)

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Jillian
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May 27, 2009

not having a dog park anywhere near me, i've never been to one. though i have wondered how beneficial they are. for the dogs that are well socialized, i think they sound like a good way for them to have {somewhat} controlled play dates. most dogs however, tend not to be socialized enough for the excitement, good and bad, issued from a dog park. and yeah, you're absolutely right, most people are unaware of what their dogs body language is trying to tell them. it would be a cool idea if some knowledgeable people would regular their parks and stand in as park ranger to educate and correct the masses.

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