|Barked: Sun Jan 6, '13 1:29pm PST |
|I'm not sure I'd ever take Moose to a fenced in dog park. From these stories and others I've heard from neighbors and friends, I'm not a fan of the fenced in dog parks. Lots of lazy or absent minded people and poorly behaved dogs seem to be an issue. I understand not all dog parks are like this, but these stories would scare me away.
Although this isn't a fenced in park, there's an open space off leash area near (10 minutes) where I live and so many people love it. Lots and lots of dogs and lots and lots of clueless owners. I've heard one too many stories of dog attacks happening there and unfortunately of a Shih being killed there and because of that I avoid this place like the plague.
But, what I've found, when I took Mikey there 3 or 4 times to work on his stuff early on, is this is where people think their dog, who might have issues, will be ok because it's 5 acres of open space and they don't have to interact with dogs if they don't want to. Or it's the dog who only gets out once in a while and this place is the once in a while place and it's too much for the dog. And way too many men who seem to be making up for a deficiency by bringing their bad *** dog there. Saw way too much of that in my handful of trips.
A guy who was at the beach I take Moose to went to the open space park a few months back and had just gotten out of his car and stepped onto the trail with his super sweet dog when a dog came out of no where and attacked his 10 month old dog. And this guys parents dog got attacked there too months previous to that.
So, instead of convenience, I drive a half hour to the off leash beach across the bay and I've only seen 4 or 5 issues pop up and they were dealt with fast.
Most everyone has treats in their pockets at this beach (most people are either doing recall reinforcement work or just rewarding listening) and if someone gets swarmed, like I did today, you can't get pissed. We all understand the consequences of putting treats in our pockets. And if your dog is begging at a pocket, I've not seen anyone just hand out a treat to your dog without asking you if it's ok.
This is why I don't think I'll ever take Moose to a fenced in dog park. Or the other more convenient one I mentioned. I'm spoiled.
Also, the time that I go there, weekend mornings, seem to be serious dog people time.
Dog parks scare me.
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