|Barked: Fri May 27, '05 9:29pm PST |
|It is sad but there are more irresponsible dog owners than responsible ones. Owners that understand dog behavior know that humping and mounting, while not always sexual, are signs of dominance. Also blocking access to a gate, barking a lot when a new dog enters the park, and stalking another dog are other examples. That first sign of dominance, whatever it is, must be stopped by the owner. Not stopping or correcting dominant behavior leads to more dangerous dominant behavior. Both small dogs and big dogs must be corrected. I am a small pup, but my owners don't let me achieve a "Napoleon complex."
"Natural" behavior like humping is not ok just because it is natural. Anyone who thinks so is ignorant. Humans engage is natural behaviors like passing gas, scratching themselves, burping, and belching. We teach our children to do those things in private, or at least excuse ourselves when they happen in public. The same applies to dogs and humping/mounting.
Owners who do not supervise their dogs get away with murder. In some way, they ignore the bad behaviors and don't see what is going on. Not knowing allows them to feign innocence and give up reprehensibility for their dog's actions. Inexcusable.
Don't you hate seeing poop on the ground. On the green grass where you walk, suddenly you feel that squishy sensation and smell something foul. Clean up after your dogs!
So what do I do?
Unfortunately, the easiest way to solve these problems is for me to not visit dog parks. May mom and dad take me to other places, not "dog parks" by definition. Parks and spaces where dogs are allowed are the places where I spend my outside time. Like I said, those bad owners in my city make it impossible for me to walk around the dog parks.
Dog parks should be safe havens for dogs. We can't get into supermarkers, most shops, few if any restaurants, and a couple pet stores. When I am in a dog park (very few times) I quickly find a good owner and if they are willing exchange contacts. With that contract we meet again- in a safer place, without the stress of bad dog owners.
What can we do? Dog park in my home are full of the bad dogs. It seems like other owner have done what mine have done to, leave the dog parks for someplace else. Ultimately, those with bad training have taken our space! Could there be petitions that call for stricter enforcement of the "aggressive dog" code? That could be a start.
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