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DeGarmo Dog Park
545 Vallombrosa AvenueChico, CA 95926
1156 miles away
Reader's Reviews (22)
DeGarmo Dog Park Pros & Cons
posted 6 years ago
I use to go to the dog park every day with my dog because she loved to play with the other dogs. Until one day someones dog kept attacking her for no reason. The lady said her dog was just playing but I disagree. Her dog kept attacking and biting my dog in a not so playful manner. My dog loves to play with boxers and wrestle.I can tell when a dog is playing or fighting. My dog loves to play chase and never bites other dogs. I don't go to DeGarmo any more because of the people that let their dogs attack other dog and laugh and think its funny.
I feel bad for not taking her to the park but I am tired of people breaking the rules!
Pros: Great place to let your dog play with other dogs.
Cons: Some of the dogs at the park are not trained and attack other dogs.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Great for larger dogs!
posted 6 years ago
First off- DeGarmo is *NOT* on Vallombrosia! It's off the Esplanade behind Shasta Elementary on the North end of town :) It is usually clean and well-lit with lot's of water available, and for the most part, good owners with good dogs are there. I absolutely love it and try to get my dogs out there at least once a week as they have so much fun. The good points have been covered extensively by others, so I'll share my 3 biggest concerns:
1) As the owner of larger dogs (45 lbs. and up) this park is FANTASTIC. If I were a small dog owner however, I would be leery of having my dog loose when a lot of larger dogs are out. For example, my Rott mix is *usually* great with small dogs and plays with them very gently (and has had a blast with a pack of Pugs recently at the park!). But when he's having fun he's a big goof and can accidentally hurt a small dog. Also, I've seen light-hearted play with a small dog included, suddenly turn into the small dog becoming the *object* of play for the larger dogs.
2) Intact males and females are OK there, as long as the female is not in heat. I know they need to socialize as well, but I've seen too many fights break out to be comfortable with this. I've already had 2 intact males pick fights with my larger neutered male.
3) People do NOT always respect the "No children under 8" rule. I have seen several kids get knocked down by dogs running around, but worse were the close calls on bites. My older dog is not very tolerant of children and I have had to run up to grab him away from toddlers innocently trying to pet him while the parents watched- not once, but THREE times!
Pros: Plenty of water; they've made clean-up easy; great size
Cons: Can be hard for smaller dogs; muddy in the winter; intact dogs are welcome
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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