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    After reading through this thread (which I had somehow missed altogether), thank goodness I live in the country and have never had to put myself or my dogs through what some of you guys are going through at your local dog parks. We don't have a dog park anywhere near us. What a nightmare. Seriously, people should have to prove they are responsible pet owners before they're allowed to keep animals. Dunno how you'd police it, but I'm all for licensing for pet owners. Might save some grief for the poor animals of the world that are owned by these morons as well...
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    Sometimes I'm really tempted to do things to dogs that are left unattended... like decorate their noses with face paint.

    Sometimes I catch them and get their rego tag number if they're people friendly.

    Mostly I yell at the owners and just make the space not so much fun for them. If they want to break the law (let their dogs harass yours and monopolise the park), they often don't come back if someone has stood up to them.

    Quite a few of these rotten dog owners - don't come back. Which means while I don't get the park that night, I get it the next day.

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    i try not to belittle, ridicule or hurt the ego of some of the most irresponsible dog owners, i often try flatter them and pander to them and engage a conversation and use that to try redirect and manipulate them into more productive habits.

    i only do this for the sake of their dogs and feel at least if they are out in public they are getting some idea of what acceptable norms are.

    i prolly never done much good but i like to think i can maybe.

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    Yesterday I got reminded of why I so stubbornly keep trying to make this dog park thing work. We had a really nice time there. It was fairly busy but just had a good vibe. People were chatting, but still supervising their dogs, if not all what I would call sufficiently. But they were all fairly calm dogs so no issues. There were a couple of kids building cubby houses and climbing on the fence and in trees (I like it when kids are allowed to climb). A big malamute fell totally in love with my daughter and stuck to her like velcro, which she loved.

    I like being around doggy people and their dogs. I love it when the dogs come say hello to me. And I love that there are a thousand tennis balls lying around, so I can keep throwing them for my dog who I've never taught to retrieve. And for any other dog who likes the speed of the ball thrower.

    Banjo didn't play with any of the dogs, though she showed some signs of wanting too. But I decided to just keep her busy with the balls, walking and a couple of tricks. And she only had a bit of a growl at a puppy because I stopped to talk to his owner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    Here's today's scenario. I decided to check out the park because the dog hadn't had a walk yet, it was after dark and I drove past on the way home.

    We get through the first gate and a gsd runs up to the fence and starts checking Banjo out. I open the second gate and the gsd pushes her head through the gap. I close the gate and wait. She moves away half a metre, I open the gate, Banjo doesn't want to go in.

    Finally the gsd runs off towards a black shape running past in the dark. We step inside. Only to have a massive rotty run up before I even managed to latch the gate. The rotty - with the gsd right behind him - shoves his big head under Banjo's belly to sniff her. She freaks out and starts snapping at him, which makes the gsd come even closer. We're backed up against the gate with nowhere to go. So I backed out through the gate and left. We were in there for less than a minute. The owners of the 2 dogs were 10 metres away, chatting, and didn't even turn their heads.

    I think it was mentioned in another post about dog owners like them. They are the same types of people who will block the whole aisle at the supermarket with their trolley and don't notice or don't care that others have to wait for them. You know the type. I resent them with a passion.

    Only the most confident (or dumb) dog would have dared to push past such an intimidating welcoming committee. They were like the dog park bouncers. Very effective if their goal was to have exclusive use.

    I considered telling the owners to supervise their dogs. But I didn't feel in the mood for confrontation and dealing with selfish bastards. So I took the dog for a quick walk next to the park. Thank goodness there's lots of open space here.
    I don't understand what you're problem was in this scenario. Two dogs approached your dog in an offleash area in a friendly manner, had a little sniff as dogs do, ummm???

    You think a dog sniffing under you dog is rude? How exactly do you expect dogs to approach you and your dog?

    If having a sniff underneath, behind, where ever is rude then I don't believe I've ever met a polite dog
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    I find most of the people I run into at the dog park fairly good - generally the irresponsible owners around where I live don't walk their dogs at all, or let them get out and run around the streets (in one street near me I have been attacked twice by two different dogs and had to peg bags of dog crap at them before they would leave us alone - don't go there any more). I stay out of the park at prime time (early morning/ afternoon and weekends) because that's when irresponsible people tend to be there... kids running around unsupervised 'slapping' dogs on the head, people that only take their dogs out once in a blue moon etc. Having said that, I really can't stand it when people bring ball possessive dogs to the dog park to play catch, and wonder why other dogs want to join in. Unfortunately where I live you can get a huge fine for having your dog off lead anywhere outside your yard (except off leash areas) - which I think is a shame because that law obviously came into place due to silly people ruining it for everyone.

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    Unfortunately hardly anyone goes to our dog park in the morning! Not early risers apparently... I would like to go down for half an hour before work to let my dog have a run. But if there's no one there, it's a bit of a sad place and I prefer to go elsewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mymatejack View Post
    I don't understand what you're problem was in this scenario. Two dogs approached your dog in an offleash area in a friendly manner, had a little sniff as dogs do, ummm???

    You think a dog sniffing under you dog is rude? How exactly do you expect dogs to approach you and your dog?

    If having a sniff underneath, behind, where ever is rude then I don't believe I've ever met a polite dog
    I have a problem with dogs crowding the gate. Seriously, you wouldn't have a problem with 2 massive dogs standing so close to the gate that you have to pretty much walk into them to get in? And it is rude for a dog to stick their head up another dog's tush without any sort of warning, yes. And if you own dogs as big as those, you should teach them gentler greeting manners.

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    stay out of the park at prime time (early morning/ afternoon and weekends) because that's when irresponsible people tend to be there... kids running around unsupervised 'slapping' dogs on the head, people that only take their dogs out once in a blue moon etc.
    Sorry I meant to say that mornings and afternoons CAN be good if there is a group of regulars who are good with their dogs and it's sort of like a playgroup. Other times I have been there around 3:30-4pm and there are young kids running around unsupervised while their parents presumably watch their older siblings play sport. I had a near miss with a rowdy young kid when one of my rescue dogs was new - this kid started jumping and screaming (he was about 7 years old????) and the dog snapped at him like he was a naughty puppy, but fortunately he didn't really mean business - glad he stopped doing that!

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