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Curious about Dog Park Behavior (3 replies)

Karen Doll
6 months ago
Karen Doll 6 months ago

Our dog is no longer with us, but I'm curious about everyone's experiences at the local dog park. When our Pip was alive, we took him to the dog park only on occasion because he really didn't run or play. He spent the entire time sniffing the perimeter. I still go by myself these days because our dog park is also a walking park and I enjoy the exercise and the wild meadows filled with deer. While walking, I regularly hear canine squabbles and then subsequent human begging and pleading for their dogs to return to them, repeated NOs, etc. I rememeber from when we took Pip, that some folks did NOT pick up their dog's waste and some spent the time chatting with fellow humans and not keeping an eye on their dogs. I'm just curious if any of you have had similar experiences while at your local dog park? In your experiences, are dog owners typically considerate of others or do they not seem to care? Maybe, it's half and half?  

Melissa Smith
6 months ago
Melissa Smith 6 months ago

Unfortunately, yes - I have had the same experiences.

As a pet sitter/dog walker, I spend a lot of time walking, monitoring, and picking up poo. And I see this type of behavior from pet parents a lot. I see dogs off-leash, dog waste left on the side of the paths, in the street, on the beaches and even on people's lawns. I see parents that don't monitor their dogs. I see parents that can't control their dogs. I see parents who can't read dog body language and understand when a situation is about to go seriously south.

Please people. Pick up the poo. Leash your dog. Pay attention. It's ultimately for your dogs' safety more than anyone else!

6 months ago
Irish101 6 months ago

Yes! I also experienced this  kind of situation. Some people are very irresponsible. 

6 months ago
HeyCatie 6 months ago
1 like by Dave Baker

Agreed. The main problem at the Dog Parks are the Fur Parents.  Many just don't understand the basics of Dog Park Etiquette.  Many have NO control over their Fur Kids ( No different than the human kind either! lol )  Best advise is to find a good one where they have a clear set of "Rules" for the Park.. Most require that Dogs of a certain age be Spayed or Neutered... Most should have separate areas for small and large dogs.  And don't be afraid to speak up if you see some Pet Owners letting their dogs just run the show.  If they are being too aggressive.. Too domineering .. Uncontrollable...  The Dog Parks are great but, remember because it is not a "Daycare" where dogs become familiar with their Canine Friends... There is a whole set of new dynamics on any given day... Ultimately it is our responsibility to get OUR Pets trained to listen on command regardless of any distractions... If people love to go to the Dog Parks... it is vital that you do some kind of "Off Leash" training with your Fur Babies.. 


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