|Barked: Mon Apr 15, '13 8:20pm PST |
|My dogs go to the park all the time! They love it and we feel really safe. We do have a small side but we normally go on the big side, the dogs there are more fun to play with. Cosmos will jump up and growl in the big dog faces and they back down, it's fun to watch my little 6 pound dog make a pit bull back down! He has rarely had a dog not back down, and when they don't, I pick him up and take him to the other side.
He is at a healthy weight now that we're going, before he was too heavy, he is super social and good with other dogs. One thing I have noticed is that when people walk in with the dog still on a leash, problems are way more likely to happen. Dogs on leashes feel trapped so they start to protect themselves, take him off a leash and you'll see a huge difference! And don't be scared, but try to take him at a time when there won't be as many people, like during the week before 5 pm, and follow him closely as he greats the other dogs. If there's an issue, pick him up and leave.
I am sorry to the other person who has had problems with irresponsible dog owners at the park. The owners I have met are considerably more responsible at the park generally speaking then dog owners I have met anywhere else. When i go, there are guys playing fetch, running with there dogs, talking about there dogs (a live message board!) and keeping an eye on everything. There's always one person reading or on their cell phone, but that person is normally one who has been to the park so many times that they don't feel the need to do anything but sun bath while there nonthreatening dog plays.
Give it a shot! You will meet great people and your dog will make lots of friends! You may have to encourage her to play if she's not use to it- just refuse to give her attention unless there's a problem, don't pet her while telling her to play, for example, but do help her out if there's a bad situation.
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