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    I have only ever seen about 3 or 4 people fishing at my dog beach. But when I do I get so angry! I rang the council to see if it's allowed and apparently its fine. I don't think so!!!

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    I love my local dog park and most of the ppl/owners. It's a perfect brisk walk to there..fully fenced with a small dog section too. Candy has lots of friends...she's very sociable and I've never had a problem.
    The main thing that peeves me off is the ppl who don't pick up their dogs poop and I ALWAYS stand in it...grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

    As for beaches...I have only taken Candy to the gold coast when she was 6 months. We'll be going again this summer, but I doub't I'll be letting her off the leash...she'd have too much fun and ruuuunnnnnn, knock over little kids and completely ignore me..LOL
    Much more training needed before she gets off the leash in an unfenced area!

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    We got "pulled over" by the council ranger yesterday afternoon at our local "park". It is actually an oval like many around for cricket and football practice. We'd been going there for a few years now and there are about 20 dogs and their owners all at once sometimes frequenting the same place. We never had any problems. However, recently, the council has been tough and many have been sprung as it is apparently a "dog on leash" area only and dogs are not allowed on the lawn! So, the ranger who was extremely nice, gave us a list of parks to go to and armed with the information we set out to find a suitable playground for our "kids".
    We stopped at Simpson's Reserve at Mitcham that has fairly large grounds and there were so many dogs having fun.. Mimi and Pepsi really enjoyed their outing. It is a little out of our way but good to know it is there.

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    That was a very nice thing (giving you a list of off lead parks) of the ranger to do.

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    I don't believe in 'doggy parks' at all ! Give me the good ol days ,which was only a few years ago, when you could go anywhere to any park at any time AND without problem in having other dogs annoying you. IMO since the majority of parks and beaches have become no go zones to we dog people with dogs thus leaving us dog folk with very few parks and higher concentration of animals per park, there has been more problems with aggressive dogs and owners.

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    I've been to some good, some bad, and some absolute shockers.

    The best thing with offlead dog parks is to pick your times thoughtfully. If you like many dogs running around like nutters then late afternoons would be the best for you.

    If you just like a few dogs interacting then around lunchtime is best.
    It depends on the population around the park aswell.

    Theres risks in all things, and dogs are dogs, so really it's just trial and error finding out if you want to continue taking your dog, some thrive in them making dog friends, some have a bad experience and its no good.

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    Yes, GSDs. She was nice especially that when we saw her pull up after us, we almost S... our pants. We had heard some terrible things about her but found that she was extremely kind and helpful.
    DogSavvy and Beau, I agree. The number of dogs in no leash parks is increasing all the time. I also find that it is essential to use your common sense. I don't let my pets off the car if I find that a) there are too many children. b) too many unfamiliar dogs c) Many people exercising/jogging and d) anything else that might upset a pleasant play time for my pets.

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