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    Quote Originally Posted by Keira & Phoenix View 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.
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    There was these kids there on Sunday, who's parents were over watching a soccer game. They didnt even have a dog there! They were running around being annoying, calling all the dogs once they found out their names and getting involved in doggy sqwabbles! I had to tell them 3 or 4 times to not hover around the gate when a new dog comes in and to not get involved when the dogs have a bit of a tiff!!

    Every sunday at the same time about 10 of the same Great dog owners come so we all hover around and have a chat while our dogs go crazy together! Lie clockwork every sunday there is One or two newbies that just dont have a clue! LMAO Gotta take the good with the bad I guess!
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    I really don't see how you can control your dogs not to knock over a toddler playing with a ball in the middle of a dog park while the Dad is taking no notice!I go to the dog park to be able to let my dogs off and there are big and small dogs running around no problems and other children with their parents.

    There is not much point in going if I have to call my dogs back each time they run around because there is one small child running round playing football!If he wants to play football there is a dog free park next to the dog park which would make more sense to me.

    It does not seem to bother some of the other dog owners or the Dad maybe I am worrying for nothing but I just feel one toddler and about 10 dogs running around him does not mix!

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    This happened to me many times. As my dog is a chihuahua, he's the smallest dog in the park. I usually stand my ground and block the way of the aggressive dog toward mine, a shove may be needed sometimes.

    I see it as a perfect opportunity for my dog to understand I am in control even in this dreadful situation, I am his protection and he's safe with me. Interestingly, usually most attackers dogs understood and stopped harassing my dog, and some even immediately sat in front of me looking at me as if I was their owner.

    The hard bit is the owners, some owners don't understand and think I'm a kill joy. Some even think I'm bullying their dogs. Well, so it's definitely not the problem of the dog. :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keira & Phoenix View Post
    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.

    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.
    The issue for me with dog parks is that it doesn't matter how responsible I am. It can take seconds for someone to come in with a questionable dog and fights can erupt before you have time to do anything about it.

    I have seen dogs literally attack a dog the instant they came in the gate, at the end of the day how responsible you are is irrelevant, you can't control other people nor their dogs

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    I have seen dogs literally attack a dog the instant they came in the gate
    This doesn't happen without warning. Why do people go through the gate when they can see a "welcoming committee" on the other side and their own dog is acting all uppity - ready for a fight, not grovelly friendly.

    But I repeat - I like unfenced dog parks, where there is no gate, and a dog that needs to escape isn't trapped by the fence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    This doesn't happen without warning. Why do people go through the gate when they can see a "welcoming committee" on the other side and their own dog is acting all uppity - ready for a fight, not grovelly friendly.

    But I repeat - I like unfenced dog parks, where there is no gate, and a dog that needs to escape isn't trapped by the fence.
    I didn't say it happened without warning, I said it can happen too quickly for dog owners to prevent it.

    I was actually referring to people bring DA dogs into the dog park, and the instant they let the dog in the gate, the dog attacks another one - not always when there is a 'welcoming' committee but as soon as the DA dog is let off leash it runs over to a dog and attacks it. I have seen this happen more than once! I will never understand why people bring DA dogs to dog parks.

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    I will never understand why people bring DA dogs to dog parks
    I guess because they think they can.

    I have taken a few times my DA s/tzu to an off leash dog park with very good harness attached to him firmly, of course I was not alone and not the busiest time either. I walked in front of my oh and warn people to have control over their dogs. Of course some listen and some don't. Yes there were some tricky situations but nothing like a visit to a vet.

    Yes unexpected incident can happen but by controlling your dog will minimise foreseeable harm. I never understand dog owners chatting at dog parks without their dogs close by and believing their dogs would not harm anything. I think i have talked too much.....better zip it
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    Quote Originally Posted by hachna View Post
    Yes there were some tricky situations but nothing like a visit to a vet.
    Out of pure luck. Your shih tzu is very lucky and so are you.

    If you had a large DA dog would you have taken the same risk?

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    Hi Smeagle

    People bring dog aggressive dogs to our dog parks too, but usually they only do it once and the rest of the dog owners let them know they're unwelcome, they don't come back. I feel sorry for the ones that do the right thing and keep their dogs on lead and then get rushed by dogs that are out of control. But usually the approaching dog clears off when the DA dog goes for it. And damage is limited because the DA dog is on lead.

    However one of my friends recently had to deal with two DA dogs in an On Lead area - because one slipped the collar and the other one was handed to a child too small to hold it. Some people are idiots. I don't know what they do to people and dogs like that in Europe but the dogs there, seem much better behaved all the time.

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    I have nothing against people who have DA dogs that are well trained and managed, I have one myself - but it is for that reason I cannot possibly fathom why ANYONE who owns a DA dog would ever take it to a dog park, even when I am doing the right thing I cannot guarantee others will and that is simply not worth the risk, to my dogs or others.

    I don't really care if people only take their DA dog to the park once - once is enough for a serious incident to still occur, I simply see too much risk in taking my dogs to dog parks.

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