I had heard good things about this dog park and the first couple of times I went it was ok. I suppose it is indeed those times after work that should be avoided. I haven't checked it out in the early morning yet. There may be more dedicated owners there then too.
Well... Today we went for a bike ride and ended up near the dog park. My daughter really wanted to go in. We couldn't even see who was in there from the back gate we were at, but I said "ok, but at the first sign of trouble I'm leaving".
Even though it was Sunday lunchtime, the owners all seemed nice and responsible. No over the top, in your face dogs, though they were all keen to say hello.
Banjo on the other hand was more antisocial than ever. Even the small dogs she usually likes, she growled at. Must have been because her last couple of experiences there had been so stressful. And I realised that despite my best intentions to try get her over this, I didn't really have a clue how. I put her on the lead, but that didn't prevent her from growling at any dog that came near her. Then I finally remembered LAT. And it made a huge difference! We walked around the group of dogs doing this and she calmed right down. Until finally she was pulling at the lead to get to a couple of the dogs that were calmly sniffing something. I let her off the lead, ready to intervene, but lo and behold, she immediately started play bowing and then ran around like a lunatic, wanting the others to chase her. The other dogs looked a bit confused at first, but then ran after her and a good time was had by all.
We left when a couple of new dogs came in because I wanted to go while we were winning.
I'm really happy about that result. For Banjo, but also because it was such a relieve to show the other dog owners that my dog isn't vicious, but just has some minor confidence issues and underneath that she is a loveable lunatic.
Well Beloz, I think I spoke too soon.. I had an awful experience yesterday.
It was a rainy day so I thought only the 'regulars' would be there, I got there and there were a couple with 3 mastiff/ridgeback looking dogs, as soon as we were in the gate, they all crowded Meika and she HATES dogs in her face, the owners of these dogs were sitting down and just quietly saying "get away Missy, Max, Tom" (I can't remember the names). Meika was growling and really freaking out so - I know its not right - I picked her up, just to get her away from all the intimidating dogs. They then started jumping all over me trying to get to Meika, she was still growling and trying to snap and again, the owners were like "please get away" (not actually standing up to try and get their dogs away). So I said "GET THEM AWAY!" and she finally stood up and pulled them off, I then walked my dogs right down to the other end of the park and started playing with them.
Within a few minutes, these dogs were down with us, hassling Meika again, and the owner up the other end of the park (still sitting). So I picked Meika up again, carried her out of the park and put her in the car to leave, Molly was waiting at the gate for me so I went back to get her. I was leaning down to get Molly and one of these dogs completely went for her, Molly is not the aggressive type at all so she went straight down. One of the other dogs also decided to join in so poor Molly had 2 dogs going for her, the owner of the dogs screaming at them, but still not moving to come forward. I ran in, booted both dogs in the head/neck/chest and somehow picked Molly up in one scoop (the things you do when you need to!) one of the dogs then came back and latched onto Molly's foot, she was screaming in pain, I was booting this dog but it just was not letting go of her foot. Eventually it let go, the owner came over and said "Gee, your dogs need some socialisation, they're not good around other dogs!"... that made my blood boil, I said to her "I bring my dogs here every f*cking day and have never had a problem.. its YOUR DOGS" then stormed out the gate, letting her dogs (with no recall) out in the process, but I just didn't care. Poor Molly had quite a big puncture wound to the pad on her paw, so we had to go see the emergency vet on a Sunday afternoon (quite costly) but I'm so glad things weren't worse. I got the licence plate of the lady but no other details, so will see what I can do in regard to chasing her up through the council and police but I don't know if I'll have much luck...
I'm so filthy at this lady and really don't know if we'll go back to the park (unless I know absolutely everyone there)... It only takes a few people to ruin it for everyone..
'Kristy.Maree' - really sorry and extremely sad to read what has happened to you and your very special pups. I hope that you and both of the pups are OK and Heaps of to you all !
Council is your only port of call in this type of circumstance.
So - Heaps of Good Luck Wishes in your efforts for something to be done about it all !
Kristy-Maree what an awful thing for you all to go through. Poor little Molly I hope her paw is not causing her too much pain.
It seems the more I read about dog parks the more I dislike the idea. Please do not take offence because that is not my intention, just curious, but...........
Can somebody let me know 'why' you would go to one? Are there any advantages at all? I mean socialization can be done at Dog Club or play dates with responsible owners and well mannered dogs.
Thanks Riley and Emm Molly is doing okay, she's on pain meds so is happy lying in front of the heater
Emm- I think a lot of people go because they are fenced areas for dogs who don't have good recalls.
For me, I used to walk through the park every day before they put a fence up and never saw another dog, the day that the fence was up and completed, we ran into another lady walking her very well behaved dog and my two had an absolute blast, so I started meeting the lady and her dog there everyday for our dogs to socialise. I didn't really have any friends with dogs that I could use for 'play dates'. Gradually more people started coming to the park, and we slowly got to know them all, and they were all nice, well behaved dogs. The park has always been an off-leash park and the fenced part was never advertised so we found that only people with well behaved dogs were going. the fence has been up for about 12 months now and it's only been lately since word of mouth has started to spread, that 'untrained' dogs have been starting to come to the park, which is very frustrating.
That sounds really awful, KM. And what absolute idiots for thinking that it was your dogs' problem?! That is just plain sad. And dangerous. I hope they spent hours catching their dogs.
I know here you can go to a Government/council shopfront and ask to do a rego check. They will give you the name of the person linked to the car registration. That might prove more useful if you want to report them to the council. And you have a good reason to do that. These dogs viciously attacked a submissive dog. And especially biting a dog that is being carried is downright aggressive. And as a pack too.
I hope that these people will not come to the park again...
Thanks Kristy Maree it does sound like it was lots of fun at the beginning the way you describe it I would love to take Brian to a place like that. What a shame irresponsible people spoil it for the rest of you.
In an ideal world only those dogs with a basic obedience certificate would be allowed to enter the park. That might weed out the unruly ones.(dogs and owners)
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