|Barked: Sat Sep 7, '13 6:06am PST |
|Honestly, I wouldn't call it being paranoid. Dog parks, as great as they can be-- can also be one of the worst things for most dogs. Now at my local dog park I know most of the regulars (and almost all of them are great people with great dogs) and have spent enough time to know the dogs that cause trouble or tend to bully (only a handful of those thankfully) and so I can usually find the right time with the right group to go. And if you have a certain breed (Rottie, GSD, Pit Bull, Dobie) even though it is unfair, if there is an incident your dog will likely be blamed even if it wasn't there fault at all.
But there's nothing wrong with just waiting till it's empty and having play dates with dogs you know and trust, and that your dog actually likes. In fact even when it's all decent dogs, I've asked one or two of the owners of dogs Lenny likes if we could just put our two in the small dog side (if it's empty) and let them play. Both dogs seem to have more fun this way, and it gives them more space to run and not worry about bumping into anyone. Plus it gives me piece of mind too cause I'm not constantly watching and waiting for a dog to charge in and try to ruin the fun.
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