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    A few weeks ago I found a Doggy Park in my area. I've never been to a Doggy park before as the couple I know of are too far away or not fenced. This one is a 10min drive, built only a few months ago and fully fenced.
    I've been there 5 times with the girls and each time come back with a story to tell ( will tell you guys later).
    Anyway, just wanted to ask those of you who go to doggy parks about your experiences. The good, the bad etc.

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    We take our girls to an off lead park only a couple of minutes from our house first thing every morning. I've had both good & bad experiences at this park. All of the "bad" experiences were due to the ignorance & lack of knowledge on the part of the owners screaming & complaining when all the dogs were behaving the way dogs do. Dogs are not robots. They run, play & want to make new friends in a variety of different ways.

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    We go to an off lead park every day and it is great that we have one just around the corner but I prefer it when there are not too many dogs. The mornings are great because we usually meet a dalmation and walk with her and her daddy. Evenings and weekends are busier with sometimes up to ~20 dogs running free. That sometimes causes problems mainly because half of the owners have no idea and freak out (like GSDs4Ever said).

    I generally prefer a beach or where dogs can be off lead and you meet other dogs while walking along.

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    Heh Hippo ... pop into http://www.dogforum.com.au/general-d...-new-post.html & you'll see a pic of Mish as a baby. You'll see why she's so special to me (bless her).

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    Oh gosh she is a cutie!!! What a gorgeous puppy! But she still is gorgeous and doesn't look her 12 years. Give her, Tara and Spirit a big extra cuddle tonight

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    Quote Originally Posted by hippo View Post
    Oh gosh she is a cutie!!! What a gorgeous puppy! But she still is gorgeous and doesn't look her 12 years. Give her, Tara and Spirit a big extra cuddle tonight
    Will do on the cuddles. The girls enjoy visitors, although it takes Spirit a while to warm to people. It was lovely to meet the famous Ziggy today as well. Let me know how the new treats & Tuna Fudge go down. Ziggy is one lucky doggie to have you as her Mum.

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    Oh thanks... *blush* I will let you know how the new treats and the fudge go down. The way Zig smelled on the bag I bet very, very well and in no time

    Mags - sorry for "stealing" the thread....

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    I'm lucky to have lots of doggy parks where I live, though I have never seen a fenced park here in WA lol. They must be around somewhere... So that's a strange concept for me.

    It never gets very busy - certainly not 20 dogs!

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    There's a dog park not too far from where I live but I don't go there very often. Some locals obviously don't like it, the double gates are frequently pulled off their hinges and the dog bags are emptied out and left to blow everywhere like great long black flags.

    Also the dogs there are supposed to be under "effective control" - which means they are supposed to come when they're called even if there is a major distraction. My puppy dog is sometimes under effective control but not always. Dogs that go to dog parks are frequently there because they won't come at all. To me - the owners seem less willing to watch their dogs - because the dogs can't run away. But they can do number 2s and these then don't get picked up, and they can get into fights and nothing gets done about that either.

    Nothing terrible has happened to me or my dog but I find the places uncomfortable. And the number one reason I don't go, is that there isn't enough running. There's not enough room to run, and the dogs that go there don't "play".

    I prefer going to my local football ovals - I choose between 3 or 4 with two favourites within walking distance. You get to know all the regular dog people. We all watch our dogs - because we know they can get into trouble and most of us care about keeping the ovals clean - if only so we don't step in anything nasty.

    It just seems a lot more fun than going somewhere that the dog owners sit on the chairs and ignore their dogs. I've actually seen people come along, dump their dog in the "dog cage" and then leave for half an hour or so. I've actually handed one of these people a little warm dog bag on their return too.

    The idea of a well fenced dog park is great, but in practice it seems like a place to go for people who don't want to take responsibility for what their dog does.

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    Bad - enough ppl who use them have untrained dogs and it can cause fights and bad experiences. I would prefer my dog not to be harassed by a pack of "regulars" when they go to a park. Much prefer the beach.

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