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    My daughter happened to stumble across a gated dog park whilst out playing. Have taken Maxi there on numerous occasions. Have met many types of people and dogs there. I find I'm the one to apologize because of Maxi's youthful exuberance and his belief that everyone should love him. Have been trying to teach not to rush towards other dogs (put on hold for the moment) by making him sit and wait, but as soon as they show any interest in him he is up and bouncing around them. It's a case of you need to settle petal before we play. Hence the bubbles come out and Maxi is off and racing after them. I hope that all our future dog park experiences are nice as well, and we never meet the other sad elements of dog parks.

    Anybody with hints how I can teach Maxi how to meet new dogs, in a calm manner? We don't want to be known as that annoying little dog and his owner.
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    I had never encountered a "dog park" before i did a 2 yr work placement in QLD.
    What i gathered as a rottie owner was:
    1. People dont want their dog to play or approach mine, for stereotype reasons. Believing dog would be aggressive.
    2. People rarely had control over their dogs.
    3. Dog fights are very common in dog parks.

    So having established what a dog park is for, i never returned.

    I like people with larger dogs as they seem a little more confident around dogs. Whereas the small breeds do seem to be aggressive often.

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    I had been to plenty off leash parks, but they were multi use for all the public to use, not a "dog park" as such.

    Some were good, some were bad, and some were just down right ugly places to step into.

    My main overall observations were, people formed little packs and all huddled in groups together. And in some of these off leash parks it looked like a type of gang mentality cropped up at 5 o'clock on the dot as the dog owners claimed there patch of turf or park benches lol . One group on one side another on the other.

    Many dogs going nuts running around madly, occasional scraps and barney's happening, dogs stealing other dogs balls and assortments of squeaky toys, lots of begging for treats going on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maximus-cav View Post
    Anybody with hints how I can teach Maxi how to meet new dogs, in a calm manner? We don't want to be known as that annoying little dog and his owner.
    If I had that problem, I would be trying to wear him out as much as possible (long walk/run/play) before going to the park and that should get rid of some of his energy. From there I'm not sure, I have the opposite problem, Dex is a bit shy and I'm working on building his confidence to go and play with other dogs, he's getting a lot better.

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    Ahhh the ups and downs of the dog park. I prefer not to go to them and don't need to anymore since we have plenty of space at home for zoomies. I like clubs where you can get to know the dogs, know which ones to avoid, which ones don't get along with your dog etc etc etc.

    Our obedience club has 3 fenced areas on the grounds where many of us go after class so the dogs can socialise. Sometimes my dog won't get a run (depending on which two I take) because I know they won't get on with the ones in there. Being Whippets I never let them in the park when small dogs are in there, because they will chase them and scare them. I know my male prefers bitches and the not in your face types, so he doesn't always get a run.

    I'm happy if my dogs can walk amongst other dogs on lead without reacting, other than that they already have their pack and I don't expect them to like an ever changing array of dogs.

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    I will definately try to drain some of his excess energy, before going again (not for awhile yet got let his legs heal a little more and we get the all clear for off leash play). I always have Maxi on lead before entering the park and will make him sit and wait until he is calm before even opening the gate and inviting him in. We will stay on lead until I get the lay of the land and make sure that Maxi is not going to annoy any older dogs that maybe there in the park at the time. I don't know if this is the right thing to do.

    Our first time at this dog park whilst waitng to go in, A man with a big dog dont know what breed, Maxi keen to say hello. His owner gave the down comand and his big man crawled comando style towards Maxi. Man explained that he had trained him to do as he noticed the little dogs were a bit warry of his height. Thought this was a bit cool and so did Maxi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maximus-cav View Post
    Our first time at this dog park whilst waitng to go in, A man with a big dog dont know what breed, Maxi keen to say hello. His owner gave the down comand and his big man crawled comando style towards Maxi. Man explained that he had trained him to do as he noticed the little dogs were a bit warry of his height. Thought this was a bit cool and so did Maxi.
    That's very considerate! I think Dex would appreciate that, he's a bit overwhelmed by bigger dogs, he's a lot more comfortable with smaller dogs it seems, but he's just going to have to get used to it, unless we come across another Dachshund, I doubt he'll be meeting any dogs shorter than he is :P

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    Having cattle dogs is a no no in a dog park. The looks you get from people are like sharp daggers straight through the heart. My last boy I used to take there when no one was around so he could have a pee and a sniff and think he was all "cock a hoop" with no one there (quite funny to watch). I found the clickiness of the other dog owners rude and ignorant to say the least.

    The last time I took Angus (RIP) he tried to round up all the other dogs and whilst some enjoyed the game the smaller dogs didn't think it was funny at all so needless to say we never went back.

    I prefer to walk my dogs so they can sniff, pee and learn manners.

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    They have just put in a fenced dog park near our house, the whole park is an off-leash park and then a certain area is fenced in. I understand people are in the fenced in area as their dogs are not good with 'recall' (we go in there because Molly isn't) otherwise they would be in the bigger, unfenced area. I always gauge the dogs in the fenced area before I go in and always assume that the owner won't be able to call them back as needed, but in saying that, I expect that the owners will try as best as possible to stick close to their dogs in case something does happen and they need to pull them off/away and I also expect that people will not bring agressive dogs to off-leash areas and actually let them off the leash.

    We were at the fenced in park a week or so ago with my 2 dogs, my friend's lab and another friend and her rotty, a couple came with their 2 cattle dogs and all the dogs were getting along and playing great. A man then came with another rotty and he knew the couple with the cattle dogs so his rotty and the cattle dogs got on great but the rotty was VERY agressive towards my 2 dogs, the lab and the other rotty so we had to put them all back on their leashes. The man also kept his rotty on the leash but stayed inside the fenced area, leaning against the fence talking to his friends. It really annoyed me that there was a great atmosphere between the 6 dogs, then his dog came, so there were only the 2 cattle dogs who were able to run and play while the rest of ours were having to be on the leash. If I was the man with the second rotty, I would've gone outside the fenced area and spoken to my friends from the other side of the fence... it ruined everyone's fun!

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    So I got home early yesterday, so I took her down to the park again, this time a lot of larger dogs and staffy. No serious or negative experience, but a lot of sharing to other owners ie:

    1. how to keep the dogs quiet during night
    2. exercises or other routines they do to burn excessive energy
    3. Bath during winter
    4. other socializing chat and comments how to improve dog parks

    quite nice yesterday a lot of mature owners and trainers
    m<(o.o)>m

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