|Barked: Fri Jan 4, '13 8:56pm PST |
|I have a few pet peeves.. And these are the ones I noticed to cause the most problems with dogs at the park..
Firstly, dog-choosy dogs. If your dog is picky about what dogs he/she does or doesn't like(and I'm not saying the occasional dog your dog MIGHT not like, I'm talking specific breeds, ages, sizes, etc), it's obviously not a good idea to take your dog to a situation that is far less controlled than setting up a playdate.
Secondly, people whose dogs target other specific dogs. Literally, target. Whether it's targeting intact dogs, breeds, etc. This falls similarly to the first one, but I noticed a lot of owners have excuses, "Oh, my dog doesn't like intact dogs." or "He's never like this." Get control of the aggressor(whether just rude behavior or outright aggression), apologize and move on. Not hard to do. But, like Kato and Sanka, I see a lot of people pointing fingers of blame. It's ridiculous.
Thirdly.. If a dog is guardy or possessive about their toys... DON'T bring them to the park with toys! Other dogs are GUARANTEED to go chasing that ball you throw, whether it's meant for them or not. If your dog will take issues with that, DO NOT bring them to the dog park specifically. Instead, find somewhere else that's safe to play ball without risking other dogs getting torn into. When I took my moms Rottweiler, Regan to the dog park once, two Rott mixes jumped her because they had a toy and she went to sniff a hello. They had already been causing problems growling and snarling at other dogs, so I took it as a sign to be right on top of Regan and watch all interaction. A fight broke out with both the dogs jumping her, and I was the only one trying to separate them. Regan was shaking in her fur, while the other dogs happily walked off with their toys, with their owners blaming Regan for the altercation. I was PEEVED to say the least. Especially when they refused to help me break it up and get their dogs off mine.
It can vary too..
I've found one really great off leash park that I can go to and I RARELY have an issue and if I do, it's usually a new person that's new to the park who is just trying it out for their dogs and doesn't actually KNOW how their dogs will be. I've only ever had TWO issues at that dog park in... five years and on any given day at any given time, there can be over a hundred dogs running loose.
Owners that don't control their pets too, really bug me. Charlie is on a long line at the dog park because I don't trust him not to take off down the field. I have control this way without causing leash issues with other dogs. My Rottweilers were always able to be off leash there. Ria has yet to go because she's still a puppy, and is still in training.
And one more thing? Owners that LET their dogs run all the way across a field, out of their reach, and sometimes out of sight, and don't do a thing about it. I had a Husky bullying my moms Rottweiler, Grizz there once after he took off across the field and targeted Grizz. Grizz did nothing but give appeasement signals, and submit, and this dog STILL wouldn't back off. Grizz was only nine months old. I ended up body blocking the Husky while I walked Grizz out of there. Poor guy was so nervous after that, I had to take him for the walk home to calm him down, because he was shaking and cowering. Still great with other dogs though. But those owners? Out of sight, and never even called their dog. I wasn't too impressed. Bullying should not be tolerated either.
I hope you have nothing but good experiences though.
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