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    I live in Melbourne and have a local dog park near by neighbourhood that I regularly take my puppy to.
    Today, I took my puppy to the dog park, I was at the entrance and opened the gate for my dog to go in, I saw a man that was crippled walking over so I held the door open for him to come in, I also saw another man with his 2 dogs approaching, his 2 dogs were running to the gate to get in as well so I held the gate for them...
    There were no other dogs that were inside the dog park near the gate by the way.

    The man with the 2 dogs that I held the gate for then said to me " Close the bloody gate, you don't want 10 freakin dogs to run out" in a smart ass tone.

    I was like... what the fuk? Seriously? I held the gate for HIS dogs... and he gives me this attitude???? Really?

    Do you guys get these kind of retarded people at your dog park???

    I am really annoyed by this...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mickst3r View Post
    I live in Melbourne and have a local dog park near by neighbourhood that I regularly take my puppy to.
    Today, I took my puppy to the dog park, I was at the entrance and opened the gate for my dog to go in, I saw a man that was crippled walking over so I held the door open for him to come in, I also saw another man with his 2 dogs approaching, his 2 dogs were running to the gate to get in as well so I held the gate for them...
    There were no other dogs that were inside the dog park near the gate by the way.

    The man with the 2 dogs that I held the gate for then said to me " Close the bloody gate, you don't want 10 freakin dogs to run out" in a smart ass tone.

    I was like... what the fuk? Seriously? I held the gate for HIS dogs... and he gives me this attitude???? Really?

    Do you guys get these kind of retarded people at your dog park???

    I am really annoyed by this...
    Hi Mick,

    some people are just like that. Deep breath and think of a big field of daisies where your dog is allowed to run free and people like that are made to pick all the dog poo up using just their hands and a pair of tweezers. If that doesn't make you feel better, there is always a beer and a big steak - nothing like comfort food!

    Remember, as always, results may vary.

    good luck

    Adrian

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    I'm guessing this dog park doesn't have a double gated doggy air lock aka fight ring.

    Personally I would not hold the gate for anyone else going through unless I knew them. Because I need my hands for my dog in narrow spaces like gates. I can't be sure she will be nice to all the people and dogs going through as they go through. She's good where there's lots of room but not so good where she doesn't have as much room or is on lead.

    Fully fenced dog parks attract people who can't train their dogs properly and need somewhere fully fenced so their dogs don't escape. They also attract people who don't want watch their dogs (or pick up after them) - because their dogs don't escape.

    And they can be quite dangerous in that if some dog or human decides they don't like your dog or you - you and your dog can't escape easily.

    So best not to go into a dog park when there's traffic at the gate - and best not to go in with dogs and people you don't know or haven't had a chat with through the fence. Watch out for people not paying attention to their dogs - and don't go in if that's the case. You're likely to be stepping in their dog's crap if nothing else.

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    We have the double gates at our dog park. And I probably wouldn't hold the door open for someone else's dogs coming in. And if I did, I would keep an eye on the dogs inside to make sure none could bolt out, which I'm sure is what you did and the guy was just being a cranky tosser.

    I did once have a pup bolt out the first gate with me, twice. The owner of the pup was really rude when she came to get the pup the second time, clearly thinking it was totally my fault. But I just couldn't manage her pup as well as my 2 - including one new foster pup that was a boisterous and my dog who is somewhat dog reactive in certain situations, so I thought she should've made sure he didn't follow me.

    I hate the crowding at the gate too. I refuse to go in when there's any dog standing pressed against the gate. I wait till they back off, spontaneously or because their owners make them. Or I just leave.

    I now take my dog and foster pup to the dog park early in the morning when there's rarely anyone there (it's amazing how few people walk their dogs before work). Yesterday a woman with 2 vizlas walked through the park. She basically just did a lap with her dogs staying close to the fence. We were standing in the middle of the park. Our foster pup, which we'd only had for 2 days by then, ran up to her dogs and I managed to call her back to me three times. But when she ran back to me, the 2 dogs chased after her. So then she followed them when they ran back! The owner didn't do anything to stop her dogs running up to us. Then I heard the woman say to the pup "I don't want you to follow me". And then of course she just kept walking and the pup ignored further calls and happily trotted after her dogs and I had to send my daughter to run after her to put her on the lead. I don't know if her dogs had any recall either because she never bothered calling them when they ran up to us. Annoying...

    I find the owners at the non-fenced off leash areas usually easier to get on with (not all of them obviously) and they seem to usually show more understanding if a pup gets distracted or a dog gets a bit snarly.

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    I have never been to a dog park and never will...just too dangerous for both owner and dog as it's not my dog I have to worry about.
    Chloe & Zorro
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    Dog parks seem to induce people to write on dog forums, so pleasant are the experiences they have to offer. I am not a fan of my dogs mixing with untrained dogs, and that's all i found in dog parks in Brisbane. But as you needed a machette to walk bush, i had no choice at the time.

    Personally, i think you were in the wrong, using human manners for dogs. ie. holding the gate open. Lovely gesture, and id of thanked you myself. But see you next tuesday folks wouldnt.

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