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  1. #21
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    I'm lucky enough to have found such an awesome off-lead fenced area for my two. Unfortunately i do not have a property with a big enough sections for zoomies or fetch as such so i'm glad i'm able to take them somewhere where i know other dogs are in control by their owners and it's not a 'free for all, run wild' like some parks are.

    We have formed our own little group, but not in a snotty way where 'newbies' aren't included. It's pretty cool because most of the dogs that attend have owners that have some clue on dog behavior and training. Two owners and their dogs attend our obedience club, another guy and his collies are agility dogs, there is another lady that comes down with her Rottie that does security training - so they are dogs that are not allowed to run rampant and do whatever they like, so it's a nice place to go. There are no prejudices against those stereotypical 'trouble' breeds, nobody say's their dog can't play with bella (Pitbull) or Rolex or Jett (Amstaffs). SWF have to stay in THEIR pen (the small dog pen) and they prefer to stay over there anyway in their own 'people pack'. It really is a wonderful place to go.

    Any other place i don't have they same care free attitude. I have seen some atrocious things happen with dogs, owners losing the plot and full on physical fights going down. If only every park could be like the one i go too. Sigh...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bernie View Post
    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.
    Having owned both big and small dogs, i can see both sides of the fence. Big dog owners are certainly more chilled out because if the worst happens and someone has an aggressive dog at the park that attacks them, they can generally defend themselves. I never worried about my big dogs at the dog beach.

    Where as a small dog, could be killed in an instant, which small dog owners are very aware of....and tend to be less less confident around large strange dogs.

    I dont let my dogs go up to a strange big dog unless the owner says hes friendly, and certainly dont like them coming up to my dogs if i dont know them.

    I like to assume everyone at the park or beach has dog friendly dogs and thats true more often than not, but sadly not always the case, hence small dog owners worry.
    The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackthorn View Post
    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
    Blackthorn... I kept looking at Dex's picture in your profile, thinking he reminds me of something, and I just realized what it was.. Im sure your not old enough to remember but there was a show on TV called the "flying nun", and she had a nuns hat on that looks just like dex's gorgeous ears in that pic..

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    The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
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    also those who won't let their dog interact with other dogs for no apparent reason - that always makes me feel sorry for their and my dog.
    But sometime there is a reason. dog parks aren't always for socialization. I use the parks mainly for exercise off-lead (fetch, zoomies etc) i take both my dogs down to the other end of the park away from other dogs as Rex doesn't like large dogs getting in his face - Molly will come and go between the other dogs and him, but if i see other dogs approach Rex he goes on-lead and we walk away. I'm not being snobby, i'm just trying stop my dog from creating an aggressive atmosphere.

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    alright, great weekend for sure some people here took their dogs to the dog park or leash free area sometime over the weekend.

    Friday - took cindy as I worked from home that day, there is an AUS Bolldog 10 months old female started a massive dog drama
    with a small mutt -owner of the mutt picked up her dog and then guess what? got bitten by her own dog on her face massive
    cut just right under her eye. The worse part is they just got in the park not even 5 minutes and that happened.

    Saturday - met a lot of Bulldog owners on that day. All different types, AUS, English, and the 2 types of American Bulldog. Seems
    to be a meet for all bulldogs last saturday. Learned about different exercises they give to their pets, one particular AUS Bulldog
    caught my was Ozzie a white with small grey patch to his body. He looks like a tank - thought owners gives him shots of roids :-)
    And met one owner who owns a 21 week old PUP looks like a GSD her name is peatta I think :-) gorgeous pup she got her from NZ
    if anyone here knows the breed im talking about please share I want to look it up in dogbreedinfo

    Sunday - new people in the park with puppies- so we didn't stay that long, cindy is being rough yesterday and I don't want to be
    labelled as bad owner :-) and her as a bad dog :-)

    how did everyone go?
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    We took Shelby (9 weeks now) to the dog park with Son 5 years on Saturday. I think Mr 5 had more fun then Shelby.
    She was amazingly well behaved. Called when requested. Knew when to sit and watch. Sniffed other dogs then carried on.
    She was just brilliant. Very very good for 9 weeks.

    I am still so nervous about stranger dogs and Shelby. The nose sniffign worries me that she will get her head bitten off in a blink of an eye.
    But i need this pup to be super social and relaxed around friendly dogs and kids.

    I did sense some dog park "etiquette" that perhaps i was over looking? Like, taking my handbag in was a no no? apparantly? I used it to carry my camera. And tissues for my son. But got snobby looks for it what the?

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    Shelby tea cup

    It may not have been the handbag that people were reacting to but your son. Depending how big he is, some people (especially owners of clumsy dogs) find kids a bit of a hazard - you get several dogs doing zoomies, and the child gets skittled and the parent gets mad. Takes the fun out of off leash for everybody. Worse is the people who think it's ok to have a picnic on the ground inside a fully fenced dog park. ARGH.

    Handbag would have fitted in about as much as a handbag at the beach. I don't know why exactly. It is very bad form to put a bag down on the ground - because if the dogs don't raid it for food (eg lipstick), they will pee on it. Same problem with people who put their drink bottles down next to pee posts.

    I sometimes take a bag to dog club - but I hang it on the fence or high up on a post where dogs can't reach it. If I want to take my camera, I put it in a small back pack, or phone camera in a coat pocket. And instead of a handbag I have a dog walk bum bag with dog poo bags, tissues, chap stick, treats, toys, notebook, pen ... Some of them even have a pouch for a ball or drink bottle.

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    This is the Adelaide city council guidelines
    To ensure an enjoyable visit and the health and safety of your dog and other park users:

    • Monitor your dog at all times
    • Remove your dog if it is a nuisance to other park users
    Please supervise your young children
    • Dogs must be registered, vaccinated and be wearing a visible tag
    • Dogs in season or sick are not permitted
    Food, alcohol, bicycles and sport activities are not permitted
    • Please use the dispensers and bins to clean up after your dog
    This is the ACT dog park ettiquette - it's quite comprehensive.
    Territory and Municipal Services - Fenced Dog Park

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    I thought I'd try the smaller dog park closer to my house instead of the big one that had the horrible abusive staffy owners last time. It's actually bigger than I thought and it has a small dog section inside the big dog section. First time I went there wasn't anyone there, which was ok, it meant that I could take Dex around both areas and let him have a sniff around and he met one of the council guys that were there putting in concrete blocks for the agility equipment they're adding in.

    Second time was great, there was a lady there with 2 staffy crosses, one was 12yrs old and really didn't move much (was horrendously overweight as well) and the other was 3yrs old and very very calm and Dex was ok with them, so I sat with her in the big dog area and the dogs just kinda sat around. Then another lady showed up with a chihuahua and a collie/cattle cross 10 week puppy. Apparently the chihuahua wasn't great with big dogs so the other lady left to take her staffies for a walk and I stayed so Dex could meet the small dogs. He got along great with the little ones, the pup was instinctively trying to herd him which he wasn't so sure about, but we put the pup on lead for a while and I sat next to her and she learnt pretty quickly that if she wanted Dex to come and play she had to be lying down and I was reinforcing any calmness or lying down from the pup with lots of pats and praise and she got the picture so we let her off lead and she was really good and Dex even started to have a bit of play. Also found out that the lady has some vague connection to where I work, weird coincidence! She said she might bring the dogs back on Friday so I'll try and remember to take Dex back over and see if they can have another play

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    This is the Adelaide city council guidelines


    This is the ACT dog park ettiquette - it's quite comprehensive.
    Territory and Municipal Services - Fenced Dog Park
    Copied and paste in first page
    m<(o.o)>m

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