|Barked: Fri Nov 26, '10 8:34pm PST |
|It's one thing to let large and small dogs who are part of the same family play together, and another thing entirely for large and small dogs who haven't even met before play together in the not-very-controlled setting of a dog park.
In the neighborhood the OP was visiting, probably the real situation at that afternoon dog park is somewhere in between--the dogs aren't family, but most of them have probably met and interacted with each other quite a lot. There's still a risk of completely accidental injury, or things getting out of hand--in which case the little dog will be on the losing end--but it's a significantly lower risk than with a completely random mix of dogs. And at that point, you have to make your decision individually for your own dog whether the risk level is acceptable vs. the benefits of off-leash playtime and socialization.
But as a visitor? No, I wouldn't do it, and I think you did the right thing in not bringing your own small dog into a situation where that would be their only real exercise option, and neither they nor you would know the other dogs well.
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