Shelby - which end of the GC are you?
We go to Broadbeach and the Spit (off leash).
Do not go to parks as there is nothing near us anyway.
I get really irritated when people bring their children into the pen and they treat it like a playground. I don't mind if they sit on the chair with their parents or whatever as long as the are not running around annoying/scaring other dogs. A guy actually bought in his young boy yesterday into the pen who ran at Benji (Who hates children and WILL bite without warning - no warning growls or anything) and poor benji (nor i) knew this kid was heading for him and he got the biggest fright, he actually did a backwards flip! I shot a dirty look at the owner who then told his son to stay near him. I mean there is no excuse for it, you have a playground adjacent the dog park so send your kids over there if they want to run a muck.
I just had an interesting experience in the dog park. Took Dex there to meet this lady I met last week who said she might go again today. She wasn't there but a few other people came and went. There was a GSP there, I love these dogs but I've never met one in person, he was lovely, but a little bit excited and very strong and apparently is normally quite rough with little dogs so the pups didn't really get to play with each other. Then some guys showed up with a collie and another dog, the collie apparently doesn't like little dogs, but the other dog was fine and the guy brought it into the little dog area to play with Dex, and then he asked me out! I was so not expecting that, I gave the most awkward response and then they left. I think I'm a little out of touch with socialising, I should've seen the warning signs and been prepared with a better response. Oh well, hopefully I don't bump into them again.
Sorry BT, but that is hilarious.
Beware of charming, well groomed men in dog parks.
When I visit my mother in the city she has a regular dog park. The atmosphere is quite good with mostly regulars and everybody seems to know each others dogs. There are a lot of elderley people walking their dogs.
The thing that frightens them most is when people bring high energy young out of control dogs and ignore them leaving them do their thing, a couple of staffies come to mind that hurl themselves at all and sundry.
I have had to jump in front of my mother to take the brunt of one of these dogs when it hurled itself at her (in a friendly but exuberant manner) while the owner was jogging on the other side of the park completely unaware.
It then proceeded to do a huge poo which again went un noticed and unpicked up and then knocked a small elderly dog flying in its exuberance and I had to kick it off my old dog because it was jumping on her back and causing her to cry, the more she tried to get away the more obsessive the dog became, it was very unpleasant. All went unoticed by its owner. I had a word with the owner when we went over the other side of the park and she was extremly rude.
We had another incident when a similar type of dog broke the hip of an old lady walking her dog and the owner grabbed the dog and ran off, leaving the regulars to call and ambulance.
These incidences thankfully are not the norm but they happen frequently enough to cause older people to become quite alarmed at times. My mother is quite frightened of staffies now.
I am just glad I live on a farm.
Last edited by Kalacreek; 07-13-2012 at 12:14 PM.
My boy has this little Daschund friend that he plays with down at the park and i get on quite well with the owners. Anyway the subject of 'which breeds don't you like' came up and they instantly said" Staffies, we don't like them, they are rude and obnoxious, don't know their own strength and are the troublemakers of the park" but before i had a chance to object these two on-lead Staffies with their owner walked past the fence. Next minute you hear all this barking and carrying on.. and what do you know? The two Staff's walk past, heads in the air, both super glued to their owner's leg ignoring the chaos carried on from behind the fence line. Who was making all the racket? The little daschund.. so now who's rude and obnoxious? had to laugh.. didn't need to put my 2c in after all, those dogs demonstrated what i had to say quite well! : )
All comes down to ownership and what your willing to put into your dog (ie Training)
I dont take my dogs tot he fenced areasanymore, never know whom to expect there and who can start a fight. I prefer a long walk on a long leash and beach. I have a pice of forest behind my street where dogs can run free (though they tend to chase wallabies sometimes) - that's enough. We used to go to obedience, that was much more sensible way for dogs to meet others. And lure-coursing was great. Unfortunately all that in the past.
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