|Barked: Thu Aug 26, '10 1:55pm PST |
|Sienna-I understand your frustration, but unfortunately, it is a reality for those of us with bully breeds. Blame it on the people who have had a hand in ruining their image. Just like most things, it takes a few to ruin it for the rest of us.
Most of the dog parks around me ban bully breeds, or have to have proof of passing a temperament exam (at the owners expense) within the past couple of months.
Have you thought about doggie daycare a few times a week, versus going to a dog park? Doggie day cares are MUCH safer than a dog park. Dog parks, IMO, are full of unknowns. It is a petrie dish of germs, illnesses, unprovoked attacks, ignorant owners, etc. that you place your dog in harms way of. Again, that is just my opinion, and I would never (no matter what breed) allow my dog to go to a dog park. I worked in my vet's office for quite some time, and I cannot begin to count the number of dogs that came in with illness and injuries (superficial and major injuries) due to dog park exposure. That turned me off right away if I hadn't already been opposed to dog parks.
As long as you find the right doggie daycare, you can count on qualified people watching over your dog and the others. Most daycares REQUIRE proof of vaccinations and Bordatella shots every 6 months. Others require fecal tests every 6 months. You won't find that in a lot of dog parks. It is hard to find doggie daycares that take bully breeds, but there are MANY out there. I am grateful that I have at least 2 almost on top of each other that welcome bully breeds with open arms. Of course, scuffles will happen anywhere...they are dogs. But, you have a better chance of something NOT happening at a doggie daycare than at a dog park where the monitoring is done by the owners (most who are on cell phones).
Sometimes we have to forget about the dog parks and go for something safer. But, that is just me. Please do not take offense to this. Just trying to offer suggestions and voice my thoughts.
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