From the 2 times I've been there though I do find most people to be responsible and actually watch their dogs, it's great seeing the dogs playing/running around with each other and also having a chat to other people, but unfortunately there's always going to be a few. This lady was here the first time I was there too and did exactly the same thing, I'm not sure why people buy a dog when they can't even look after their damn kids.
Her dog didn't attempt to hump my boy these couple of times, but I'd probably have a word to her about it if it did. There were a couple there with a younger female husky who basically just up and left after this lab tried mounting her. The lab looks like it's desexed but still, I'd be a bit worried too.
I meet enough careless dog owners just on walks, I can't imagine going to a place with dogs everywhere. I went to an off leash dog park once. It was completely empty, and I did let Koda off lead. He enjoyed himself but it is not much different to letting him off lead on the farm at home.
Maybe with any future dogs I own who aren't reactive, I'd consider going to dog parks, I'd be very watchful of behaviour of all the dogs though. I actually think i'd prefer going to set events though. The Australian Shepherd club hold group walks where heaps of people get together and go for a long walk with their Aussies. I'd love to do things like that one day, but its not possible with Koda at the moment.
I think i've just become quite nervous about meeting other dogs because of the countless times I've had owners let their dogs rush up to mine (friendly or not) despite my protests/warnings.
I don't like off lead parks at all......I have gone in the past, becuase my dogs are very social and enjoy it when there are great dogs and owners, but we have seen and had too many mishaps. None have involved my dogs, but I have still had to help (dogfights)
Pets are forever
I usually go a bit earlier in the afternoon when there's only a couple of dogs there, yesterday more and more started turning up so I decided to leave. Was probably about 12 other dogs in there when I decided to leave, was just too overwhelming for my boy. When it's just a few dogs they seem to be a bit more calm in the smaller group.
Have been going to the park on and off a few afternoons lately, and so far it's been a great experience. My boy seems to know the boundaries already and generally gets on with everyone, he kinda prefers playing with the smaller dogs, but he's more than happy to start a chase
Was pretty crazy down there this afternoon, was probably another 6 dogs or so that weren't in this pic. He was totally exhausted afterwards
I have noticed he does seem to have a bit of redness and oozing in his eyes - guessing he must have been licked in the face or something. Is there some sort of eye drops you can get for this? Pretty sure it's just bacteria.
Wow, thats a lot of dogs!! Sounds like he's enjoying it!
I'd get his eye checked at a vet if I were you... No idea on what treatment you could get for that without knowing what it is. I don't know if dogs can get conjunctivitis, but i've had it numerous times, and without fast treatment its not a nice experience at all! I've also heard of dogs getting grass seeds in their eyes.
He's had it for a few days now, was just waiting to see if it'd go away on it's own. Will probably go to the vet but thought I'd just ask in case it's a common problem.
The grass seed thought is a good one, though I've had a bit of a look and can't see anything obvious.
Dogs can get conjunctivitis - Molly gets it all the time. It's pretty common this time of year because as it warms up, the flies start coming out and land in poop then the dogs eyes. It's very easily spread around a dog park too - doesn't take much to transfer from one dog to the other.
Glad your pup is enjoying the dog park we have a fantastic dog park that is walking distance to our house - 99% of people are so friendly and responsible for their dogs. There are always a few people who spoil it though. A few weeks ago one of the regulars (who was 37 weeks pregnant) went in with her two border collies and they instantly got attacked by two staffys that were in there, apparently the owners did nothing, just sat and watched despite her screaming at them to get up and help. Thankfully the dogs were ok but the poor girl had to go to the hospital and be treated for dog bites on her hands.
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