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    That's it. I burst into tears in the car today after visiting the dog park. Admittedly I was really tired from a week of moving house and setting up, so definitely over sensitive. Nothing really bad happened. But the "my dog is friendly" people were just very rude to me. And Banjo was freaked out because they were crowding the entrance, letting their dogs compete for the treats I was giving Banjo for using calming signals - and told me off for bringing treats - and what really pushed my buttons was a woman giving me really bad vibes because her pup followed me through the first gate as I left. The pup was nowhere near the gate when I opened it and someone going into the small dog area slowed me down.

    I haven't found a good alternative walking spot yet... But we'll keep exploring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    That's it. I burst into tears in the car today after visiting the dog park. Admittedly I was really tired from a week of moving house and setting up, so definitely over sensitive. Nothing really bad happened. But the "my dog is friendly" people were just very rude to me. And Banjo was freaked out because they were crowding the entrance, letting their dogs compete for the treats I was giving Banjo for using calming signals - and told me off for bringing treats - and what really pushed my buttons was a woman giving me really bad vibes because her pup followed me through the first gate as I left. The pup was nowhere near the gate when I opened it and someone going into the small dog area slowed me down.

    I haven't found a good alternative walking spot yet... But we'll keep exploring.
    Beloz ... I've said it already but seriously, take banjo to that park on the really nasty weather days. You'll have very few dogs there and you'll only have really dedicated owners there who will firstly have well trained dogs and secondly if you approach them and explain what you're trying to do with your dog will more than likely be willing to work with you. I love winter at the beach, as do all of the regulars .. we all hate the "fair weather dogs walkers"

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    Oh Beloz, I'm sorry you're not having a good trot. I'm not sure where you are located but council websites tend to have a list of parks and which ones are dog friendly etc. perhaps look into this.

    In the meantime, is it really worth going to that dog park if its causing you both stress?

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    Beloz

    You pretty much sum up the reason why I don't like going to the fully fenced dog parks.

    So many people who think that it's ok to let their dogs do anything. You will find there are peak times when those people are there. Like before work and after work but before dinner - and a significant number disappear at the traditional dinner time, and come back later. And the people with aggressive dogs - come back after dark when they think that there won't be so many dogs, and that if anything bad happens they can nick off without being caught.

    I found there were particular times when there weren't many people at the park. One of them would have a lull when all the city workers would disappear because they had to go to work, and before the mums showed up after dropping the kids at school. And the other one - people definitely disappear around dinner time (6:30pm ish - think prime TV time).

    Meantime there are so many open spaces in Canberra - you just won't be able to let your dogs off all the time.

    I think it would be tempting to print this page out - though it's screwed the the gates of most of the off lead parks... and hand it to the people who give you a hard time (or just get their car licence plates).
    Fenced Dog Park - Territory and Municipal Services

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    ‘Beloz’ – I am very sorry to hear that you are having hassles with your pup at the local dog park. To say that I am not surprised – would be an understatement!

    Dog parks for me are definitely a no-go area. Ever since my pup and I both got attacked by a dog and his owner many years ago – I have given up going to dog parks because they really are a big PITA.

    Here are just a few links - just from this forum alone - to show you that you are not alone with your hassles with dog parks.

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/general-d...se-advise.html

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/general-d...park-rant.html

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/general-d...dog-parks.html

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/general-d...uestion-p.html

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/general-d...-problems.html

    'Emm318' - I really liked your post. Your training methods for Brian will only bode well for his future as an excellent example of how a pup should behave in the community. Sadly nowadays, that is more important for larger dogs than SWFs.

    So - maybe we need to look at what we really want from our pups and what we mean by proper socialisation/exercising our pups. There are heaps of other and different avenues/ways for exercising/socialising our pups which don’t involve going to a dog park.

    Here is a link that I found very interesting:

    Socialisation? What is it exactly? | Steve Courtney Dog Training

    So - do our pups really need to have more friends than we do ?

    Or is it more important - that you can take your pup anywhere – and know that the pup will behave and not cause any problems or embarrass you.

    I know what I prefer !

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    Thanks RileyJ I appreciate your comments and the links, I have bookmarked Steve Courtney as I would like to read more. I hope, like you say in the future Brian will be a good example but at 13 months he is still a (huge) silly puppy and without direct instruction and complete attention would run wild.

    That's it. I burst into tears in the car today after visiting the dog park
    And Banjo was freaked out because they were crowding the entrance, letting their dogs compete for the treats I was giving Banjo for using calming signals
    Beloz, doesn't sound much fun for either you or poor Banjo. A few months back I sobbed all the way home from our morning walk because Brian went through a stage where he didn't want to go home and would bite the leash,prance around like a billy goat and roll over on his back. Someone shouted from their car.
    "Get a pug lady!"

    Do keep exploring and I hope you find somewhere soon.

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    It can be very upsetting when you put that much effort into training and know what your dog is capable of and then some random strangers get to catch a glimpse of them and conclude that your dog is a liability and you have no idea what you're doing.

    If course it shouldn't matter what strangers think, but we all get those moments when stuff like that gets to us.

    Yeah, I've given up on the dog park for now. We may occasionally go for a walk around it (there's a pond next to it which will be great in summer) and check who is there and go in if it looks like it may be ok.

    But for now, will go exploring to find a good non fenced walking spot. There are many of lead areas in Canberra. And we live truly on the edge of town now. Just beyond the next street is a vast expanse of green on the map. Also, our suburb is one giant building site with very few residents so far.

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    Dog Parks and giving them a miss.
    Nice to hear Beloz!

    They are seriously feral places. And that's just the non clip end of the leash.

    But the lake sounds fabulous. Just a few more weeks, and your hounds will be up to their necks in lake. who needs a dog park when you have water eh?
    Mine have yet to learn that winter is too cold to swim. Perhaps dont wait till summer?

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    I agree that the majority of dog parks are bad, but not all. We have a fantastic dog park near me, Meika is like Banjo and will growl at other dogs when they're in her face but everyone is very understanding and usually say "it's ok, my dog is annoying, they deserve to be told off" and then they will redirect their dog. 90% of the people are 'regulars' and we all know each other by name and its really a fantastic little spot. Very rarely are their any fights, the only 'troublesome' owners is a man who comes with a breeding pair of staffys, the male is very protective of the bitch. The other is a young guy with an entire rotti who will attack any other entire dog. Everyone has learnt to leave when these people show up (we generally just go outside the fenced area.. There is still a lot of parkland and the majority of our dogs have good recall).
    Kids are my biggest annoyance, there is a group of young ferals who roam the streets and come into the park without adult supervision, they grab the dogs as they run past, try and pat them when they're playing etc and somebody is going to get hurt! Don't even get me started on the idiots that had a kids party inside the dog area on the weekend... 30+ kids with no dog experience running around with food in their hands, 'supervising parents' chatting away.. I was ready to crack!!

    Beloz, I hope you can find somewhere nice to take Banjo

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    A childrens party in a dog park/enclosure. ???
    I am just lost for words.

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