|Barked: Thu Mar 15, '12 8:07pm PST |
|Now that Frankie is a little bit older, and the weather is finally breaking, I am thinking about taking him to a dog park...
The closest one is about half-hour away, but it might be nice for a little treat for Frankie and to get some off-leash exercise and socialization (up until now his dog socialization has been the puppy classes, then the roughly twice-a-week trips to Petco for socialization, and a couple friend and/ or neighbor dogs)
What are your thoughts on dog parks...?
On one hand, I feel it is great, but then I think about the increase level of exposure to ticks (this area in general is high-tick area where the woods are), plus increase chance of flees, and also possible negative reactions to/from another dog. Although Frankie has never shown any agression to another dog, he is the type to want to play-play-play, and sometimes approaching another dog and trying to instigate a play session may not be welcome, and there is not always a growl or warning sign, right..? Plus even a play growl from Frankie may be mis-interpretted by another dog...
I guess it is worth it to at least take him there with the safety of his harness at first and see how this particular dog park is, but I am interested in hearing other people's opinions on dog parks...
Most of the dogs in the neighborhood are large-breed, and most of my friends dogs are large-breed, and it would be nice to have some small-breed dogs for Frankie to play with...I know many large-breed dogs are gentle as a lamb, but sometimes size in itself needs to be considered...thanks!!
Edited by author Thu Mar 15, '12 8:11pm PST
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