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Member Since
10/17/2012
 
 
Barked: Wed Oct 17, '12 5:30pm PST 
I have a seven month old Black Mouth Cur. There is a Rat Terrier whose owner brings into the section for big dogs, even though there is a separate space for small dogs. This dog weighs about five pounds.

Last week my dog went up to this dog with a high pitched bark. Since they were close, my husband grabbed our dog by the collar and got him away. Eventually, they left each other alone, without further problems.

I took my dog to the park and this dog returned. My dog was about six feet away from the dog, but agains started barking at the small dog. I was close enough to grab him if need be. I hesitated because the small dog was charging at my dog, growling and biting at him. My dog did not exhibit any agression towards him. I was afraid to get into the mix because I was afraid my dog would get protective of me and might then go after the small dog. Finally the woman picked up her dog and put him in the other area for small dogs. She was POed at me. How would you have handled the situation? I am in the process of hiring a trainer to work with us in the meanwhile.

Was I wrong in my evaluation of the situation ? I'm afraid to take him to the park. He hasn't had any problems with other dogs, but he is still a puppy.

Thanks for any input!

Carol
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Opheila

It ain't over- till the fat- kitty sings
 
 
Barked: Fri Oct 19, '12 1:12pm PST 
There are alot of dingbats at dog parks. We know one guy who comes up to a local park regularly, his dog has the unfortunate name of "Lucky". Lucky terrorizes other dogs and has pulled his owner down in the park...if anyone says anything this idiot bristles that he's trying to socialize his dog. A dog park ain't the place to do it, not for an out of control beast.

The best you can do is try to find off hours when the dog park is quiet, don't go in if the terrier is around or shows up, or find another dog park. When we go to the park if I hear anyone yelling "LUCKY GET OVER HERE!!!" we turn right around to walk elsewhere. dog walk
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Kali

She's game for- anything that's- fun.
 
 
Barked: Sat Oct 20, '12 9:42am PST 
I agree with Opheila. There are a lot of irresponsible dog owners at dog parks. I think you did the right thing. The fact that your dog is larger, means there is a higher risk of him getting blamed for things, even if he didn't start it. So it's better to be safe than sorry. When we used to go to the dog park, we had some idiots that would come. If they were there, I would just leave. Some people just have no clue. Good Luck! naughty
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Member Since
10/17/2012
 
 
Barked: Sat Oct 20, '12 10:33pm PST 
Thanks Opheila and Kali. I'm new to the dog park experience. I have to travel 1/2 hour to get to one. Of course, I tend to ask myself "am I crazy?" There was also a huge pit bull and a Great Dane in there. The dogs were running and playing. The Pit Bull had me a little nervous for my dog who is 62lbs.

That dog is going to get hurt...and the dog that hurts him will not do so because he or his owner are at fault.

You guys are right though...I do notice there are some strange ones who frequent the park!

Thanks for the reassurance. My pup loves going and I'd hate not to let him run off his excess energy. dog
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Kali

She's game for- anything that's- fun.
 
 
Barked: Sun Oct 21, '12 7:27am PST 
Just for the record, a dog, is a dog, is a dog. There was a pitBull that frequented our dog park and he was the funniest dog. He played with a lot of dogs there and was very sweet. We was a rescue, and he was the happiest one there. He had so much fun that it was very entertaining to watch him play. Good Luck with your pup! smile
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Barked: Sun Oct 21, '12 9:58am PST 
You are right about that. I always thought that Pitbulls get a bad rap. My thought was that the dog is built like a tank. He was a nice dog, but he was powerful. In fact he lived with a little dashund who was more aggressive than he was. The owner removed him because he was going after the big guys too. At least the owner knew his size put him at risk for injury.

Thanks again ,
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Opheila

It ain't over- till the fat- kitty sings
 
 
Barked: Sun Oct 21, '12 1:07pm PST 
That's something amusing about Opheila. She usually gets run over or caught up in a conflict on the big dog side of the park (ours is divided by dogs under and over 20lbs, however if a dog is old, disabled or more on the timid side they're welcome on the little side).
On the side with smaller dogs she is just so happy. Think it brings out her maternal side. She'll gently play among the teacups, then sit on the bench beside me. Even th people who raise their eyebrows when they first see her give her a good scratch as we leave.
Dog parks are about knowing your dog and being ready to step in INSTANTLY if anything happens. The worst are the people who see the beginnings of a serious scuffle n' freeze in place. They can't be afraid to break up a fight or they have no business being there.
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Nicky

bitches love- pantaloons
 
 
Barked: Mon Oct 22, '12 12:09pm PST 
The dog park I go to has split large/small dog sections too. In the application it clearly states that they do not recommend you bring your small dog into the large dog section and doing so is at your own risk. I take Nick into the large dog section sometimes but only if there are no other dogs there. If anyone comes, I gladly pick him up and move to the other section. It's just not a risk I'm willing to take with him because he will always lose against a large dog should something escalate.

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Opheila

It ain't over- till the fat- kitty sings
 
 
Barked: Mon Oct 22, '12 12:35pm PST 
I would say just from observation that Jack Russells and min pins belong on the big dog side regardless of size. I've seen JRs challenge German Shepards that tower over them. Maybe those breeds are just more high strung? I don't know
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