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    I write this to reach out to responsible pet owners, as I know those who aren't don't invest time in dog training for their dog, let alone dog forums.

    Please be on high alert of the dogs off-lead in your local dog park. Our beautiful dog was attacked recently at Cruickshank Park (Yarraville) as a result of a dog with poor discipline and supervision being off-lead. We know this dog was being walked by the neighbour's owner and with little supervision - as at the time of the attack it had been wrestling prior with the neighbour's dog. My poor dog got caught up in it all and faced emergency surgery that night on her face because of their elevated levels of fighting.

    This may be acceptable behaviour on their own properties but not in a community shared area, where children and dogs play. All involved have the right to play safely to ensure no injury to child nor dog.

    Choosing to let your dog off-lead doesn't devoid responsibility - it DOUBLES it. Again, I know all on here understand that.

    Please, responsible owners who have cared, spent time training their pets to walk/play off-lead- always remember there are unfortunately dogs who are in these parks who shouldn't be off-lead. Please take good care of yourselves, your children and your dog through high supervision.

    Many blessings.

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    I never go to off lead parks when someone else is there. My dog is also well trained, I don't want someone else stuffing his training up.

    I'm sorry to hear about your dog. I hope she is recovering well.

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    Sorry to hear about your bad experience. Hope your dog has come out with no bed effects, physically or mentally.

    I think you will find most forum members choose to avoid dog off leash parks and only socialise their dogs in controlled environments.

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    I hope you have reported this dog to your local council so they can do something to prevent this dog from attacking again.

    I recently reported a dog that attacked two small dogs and drew blood and went after my dog and put its teeth on me when I grabbed its collar and stopped it. After the second attack on the little dog, the owner was told to take his dog away, which he did. He had no control and no idea what his dog was doing and he's not welcome back unless he keeps his dog on lead and muzzled.

    I don't like fully fenced dog parks because they trap dogs into fighting that otherwise would not.

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    I love dog off lead dog parks but tend to avoid them now during peak times as Ruby is a little rough and people tend to not appreciate a pushy Bulldog. We used to go every Sunday religiously until Ruby was biten by s snappy staffy!

    I Really Hope your pooch is ok and I would make sure he is reported to the council and the police.
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    I used to take Jack to Cruickshank Park but stopped as there are just too many dogs there that aren't trained and cause trouble. Its a shame cause its a really pleasant place to take dogs generally.

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    My dog doesn't have any problems with bulldogs, they can't run fast enough.

    Whippets, though can be mean. But they don't have the stamina to avoid my dog for long.

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    We have the most awesome off-leash area at the top of our suburb. It's not fenced and it's a huge area, but there are no nearby roads. People walk from one end to the other (about 1km one way?) with their dogs instead of just standing still, which makes a difference in the interactions. If you meet a dog that doesn't seem keen on meeting yours, you just continue walking. There are also 3 parallel paths to choose from! We only stop for play if we meet a dog that we've met often before and when it's obvious that our dogs get along well. Sometimes I'll then walk with them, or we just stand and chat while we watch them play. Fortunately most people seem to have good control over their dogs there. I got a little bit of a scare when 2 AmStaffs (I think?) seemed to gang up on my dog and got a bit too rough. I ended up yelling at them and the owner immediately came to grab them and put them on the lead.

    I think the problem with those - often small - fenced off parks is that they are more likely to attract dog owners who have no control over their dogs as it is the only place where they can let their dog off the lead without the dog bolting. The other issue is that there is nothing else for owners to do than to stand and chat which may distract some to the point where they don't watch their dogs as much as they should.

    So I prefer unfenced off-leash areas where there is enough space for a decent walk. I understand not all cities have them though.

    Sorry, off topic. I do hope your dog has recovered fully and that she is not too traumatised by this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    My dog doesn't have any problems with bulldogs, they can't run fast enough.

    Whippets, though can be mean. But they don't have the stamina to avoid my dog for long.
    Agree about the whippets. We regularly meet one - names Sparky, which I love - who manages to tackle my dog even though Banjo is probably twice as heavy/dense. He gets frustrated when he tries to chase her and she's of course not fast enough to be any fun for him.

    The bulldog we meet runs 2 paces when my dog starts running in circles around him and then waits till she passes by again before he moves again.

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    Ruby is surprisingly Fit, she shocks alot of people with how farst she can run and her indurance. As long as you keep her plenty hydrated she can give a few dogs a run for their money. Usually small dogs thou hehe
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