|Barked: Fri Sep 6, '13 10:31am PST |
|I just go to the dog park when there is little to no people there.
We don't have segregated parks, big dogs and small dogs are allowed into every dog park here. I usually take Roman to the dog park right when everyone is commuting to work, right after I drop my son off at his school bus stop. There's a dog park blocks away from there. This is usually the time where small dog owners go to the dog park. There are sometimes big dogs around, and Roman gets along wonderfully with them, visa versa. I keep a constant eye out for trouble makers and if there are, I leash Roman and head out.
It's okay to be paranoid about it. A lot of dog owners, big or small, don't go to the dog park because there are people that bring in dogs that they themselves can't manage. It can be either small or big dogs, I've met with both.
Just stick to times where you know there won't be many people there, or none at all and you'll be fine. Just keep watch of the other dogs around you and watch for signs of over-excitement and aggression. If you spot it, calmly put your dogs on leash and walk out. It seems like a lot of work, but it's worth it. If more people did that, and people didn't bring their reactive dogs to the park, people wouldn't be paranoid about the dog park anymore... well not as paranoid anyways.
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