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    Honestly, I avoid the dog park most of the time, and I only go at off-peak times (i.e. middle of the day when most people are at work). There are too many morons with out of control dogs who just take them there and let them loose without any regard for others. Spoils the use of the park for everyone, in my opinion.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog_Lover View Post
    I have a four year old and a three year old and they regularly come with me to the dog park, its usually a family affair!

    My Kids have a few rules,

    1. We don't meet other dogs at the gate. Those who know dog parks will see all the other dogs rushing to meet the newbie! It can be quite tense at times.

    2. We only play with our dogs

    3. We ask the owners if we want to pat.

    I would never bring my dog out to a public area if it had any type of aggressive behavior, I expect that people would have the same mind frame! in saying that my kids are always either with me or outside thefence unning amoke!

    If they get barreled or anything, well get up or get outside the fence.

    Taking you dog there is an at risk kind of thing, taking your kid there is even riskier!!

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    With regards to kids at the dog park, I don't have an issue with them being there if their parent(s)/guardians are keeping a watchful eye on them, supervising them and preventing them getting in harms way and teaching them how to behave around dogs. Letting young kids run amok at a dog park is both dangerous and highly irresponsible and you would have to question the parents'/guardian's parenting skills if you witnessed this behaviour. If I did, I would probably have to approach the parent(s)/guardian for the sake of the child's safety.

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    I wouldn't let them as more of a hygiene issue than anything... dog parks aren't exactly 'clean'.

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    Roscoe is not really interested in other dogs. He has a "hello sniff" for 3 seconds and then finds some other interesting scent and is off (hes a beagle...).
    Its very annoying when there is some agro dog following us and behaving badly. We rarely go to offical dog parks anymore. Luckily we live near a lot of bushland and follow many fire trails instead.

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    Hi,

    I go to fenced dog parks and unfenced dog parks. I noticed that dogs who come to unfenced ones behave much better and dog owners are more vigilant.

    When i go to fenced ones, I meet many dog owners who make me shaking my head...if you know what i mean. Off leash dog parks clearly indicate that dog owners have to control their dogs and clean after dogs.... I often witness otherwise.

    I am cautious of new dogs and owners that I (and my dog) are not familiar with. I am ultra careful with kids; I always let them know that my dog may bark at them and then what they need to do etc. (My minis is a kid magnet). I also communicate with owners the way my dog plays/behaves (my minis is big on growling with his head down to the ground when playing) and let them know that I can move away my dog any time if his behaviour bothers them. Most dog owners seem to appreciate my effort. As you probably know I am not shy to tell pick up poops. I HATE TO SEE THE POOPS AROUND!!!
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    In the end it is a "DOG PARK" not a "KIDS PARK" Your dog has more right to be there than that child and you should feel comfortable being there!
    um dogs in dog parks are supposed to be under effective control - not bowling balls treating everyone else like skittles. So theoretically it should be ok for someone to take their small child to the dog park - especially if they also have a dog. And theoretically - it's ok for someone to have a picnic with food on the ground in the dog park - but that's pretty rude and they can't really complain if they get joined by a lot of extra picnickers. But the owners are supposed to have "effective control" ie be able to keep their dog away from temptation.

    And this is why I don't like fenced dog parks. Or small dog parks. Or crowded dog parks.

    Dogs not wearing collars with rego tags can be reported to council immediately.

    It helps if you get a camera of any sort out and attempt to photograph the misdeeds. Although that helps if there is more than one of you, ie someone to manage the dogs and someone to take photos. A lot of people have no idea what your phone camera can or cannot do, just getting the camera out (video is better), can encourage them to straighten up or leave. Or it can start a fight but then you can call the police on the owner.

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    A lot of dogs don't recognize children as being people, especially if they haven't lived with them.
    I know mine just treat them as things that are fun to play with.
    They would never hurt them intentionally, but yes, there is a chance of some over-zealous playing which includes being knocked over.

    I'm not defending the dogs that go wild slamming into people but if you take a kid to the park you have to expect some dogs to want to interact with them, and not always the way you would like them to.

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    IMO any public park is for people regardless their age. I treat off leash dog parks as a some sort of privilege with conditions when accessing. The conditions vary a park to another I guess, but dog owners need to control their dogs reasonably. I am amazed to see some owners have difficulty to even put leash back on their dogs when needed.
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    We go to dog parks, but ours are mostly unfenced........And I have a lot of problems with small dogs going for my large dogs. It happens all the time. I am lucky, because mine just don't take any notice and are very good at ignoring them. But I hate the way the owners of the dogs just laugh and don't do anything with their dogs. Now if my large dogs growled at their small dogs they would probably report mine.......
    I love the fenced area I take my dogs. It belongs to our Obedience Club and only well mannered dogs go off leash. And the dogs have a great tome there
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog_Lover View Post
    I have a four year old and a three year old and they regularly come with me to the dog park, its usually a family affair!

    My Kids have a few rules,

    1. We don't meet other dogs at the gate. Those who know dog parks will see all the other dogs rushing to meet the newbie! It can be quite tense at times.

    2. We only play with our dogs

    3. We ask the owners if we want to pat.

    I would never bring my dog out to a public area if it had any type of aggressive behavior, I expect that people would have the same mind frame! in saying that my kids are always either with me or outside thefence unning amoke!

    If they get barreled or anything, well get up or get outside the fence.

    Taking you dog there is an at risk kind of thing, taking your kid there is even riskier!!

    Labsrule - Love your Post!!!
    See you clearly control your kids and that is good.

    Once at the same park as I mentioned in my last post (I wasn't there this time) some kids came running ahead of their parents who were leading the dog, as usually all the dogs went to the gate and before my friends could go and move the dogs away from the gate the little kids had opened the gate and let ALL the dogs out!! Lets not get into the discussion about the kids running, screaming and throwing footies around in the dog park. I don't mind people having kids in the dog park so long as they are calm and being watched all the time.

    Once I went to a park and a lady bought her two dogs, her mentally disabled child, parked herself on a bench and started reading a book and left her dogs and child to their own devices! The child was being naughty and harassing the dogs and her dogs were trying to hide under the bench from him.

    Quote Originally Posted by smeagle View Post
    Wow I would have left straight away, no way would I risk my dogs being around a dog like that!

    I don't like dog parks and I don't use them but theoretically if there was one there, I would leave the instant I saw I dog I thought was acting "iffy".
    Usually I would but I was at the park with a fair few people from my training club and we are all responsible so I was happy to stay with them there to help keep an eye on things.

    We don't use that park anymore because that was the 2nd time we had encountered that dog and because we had come across a few idiot owners (hitting their dogs) and idiot parents who were not controlling their kids. We now use another park and it is much quieter and we haven't come across any issues yet.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sierra View Post
    Honestly, I avoid the dog park most of the time, and I only go at off-peak times (i.e. middle of the day when most people are at work). There are too many morons with out of control dogs who just take them there and let them loose without any regard for others. Spoils the use of the park for everyone, in my opinion.

    I don't go to dog parks on my own anymore only when we go in a group which is usually at least 5 - 10 of us and sometimes up to 15 or more, I feel comfortable in this group as we are all responsible, a pretty good with doggy body language and all of our dogs have been well socialized. Also sometimes our trainers come along and they are good for keeping an eye on things and letting us know if there are any issues.

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