I've only recently started regularly going to a fully fenced dog park. The majority of people that go there are "regulars", and it is kept relatively clean. I haven't had any problems so far except for when Leo wanted to play and the kelpie wants her ball. No one was hurt and Leo didn't go near her again I think it's a great place for Leo to meet and play with other dogs.
Leo goes to the off leash dog park almost everyday and every weekend without fail, We love it. But saying that our dog park is very quite, we usually only ever see 1-2 other dogs if any and its usually the same people we come across so we have come to know each other and Leo has made friends with their pooches..... Some we have even exchanged phone numbers with and made new friends for ourselves too We find most owners we come across to be very responsible, those who are not we tend to avoid anyway.
OH also does 1 on 1 obedience training with leo at the park daily, so he is very good now with distractions/obeying commands and the alike. Its been a great help to have such a space to train and practice in!
But saying that, we hate the small, fenced off leash parks, we have a few of those near by that get up to 20-30 dogs on the weekend and we dont go there for the reason Hyacinth mentions above, people come along, dump their dog in the "dog cage" and then leave for half an hour or so. (It has happened to us a few times at our big park too but we simply leash Leo and go and find another field to play in as it is big enough to do so)
Last edited by leo01; 09-14-2009 at 10:42 AM.
There is a nice fenced dog park in Rouse Hill, I saw it from Windsor Rd one day when driving along. We went in and had a look, there were a number of dogs playing, and their owners were out there interacting with them, or close to the dogs. It is a 25min drive for me to go to this dog park, but I think it will be worthwhile.
A reserve next to me is designated a dog off leash area but it is large and unfenced. Until recall is 100% it would be unwise to let a dog off leash in this area.
You musnt be to far from me Grakat! I'm around 20-25 min from the Rouse hill park too Maybe the reserve your next to is Mine and Leos off leash park? Its large and unfenced (And has a small pond too)
There is great park in Rosanna Melbourne, its an old 9 hole golf course - lots of nice grassy areas - cyclone fences along the railway line. Dogs are allowed off-lead and they provide dog bags although not enough bins for my liking. The dogs love it, especially the very shallow creek that runs through the middle, right after they have had a bath at home
Thanks guys! Good to see the range of opinions.
I'll start with the Good.
-The park is a good size, most people clean up after their dogs, poo bags and water bowls supplied, shade areas...
-Met a couple of good mannered dogs and owners
-I have also realized that I havn't been giving Lola enough credit. She really surprised me with her good manners. She's been very fearful since the day I got her and I've been working with her everyday. I decided to introduce her to the park slowly. Walking by first. On leash at the park and finally off leash. She was wary at first, but so obedient. Came back when called everytime. Misi was the same.
- Lots of untrained, unsocialized dogs
- Owners too busy talking and not watching what their dogs are doing
- Other dogs harassing my 2 while mine just stand there and the other owners don't bother to control theirs
- Undesexed male dogs and a female on heat
-I was asked by a Stafford owner if Misi was desexed as she would have been perfect to breed with his.
Thinking about taking the girls to an oval and a bit less to the doggy park .
We used to have a huuuuuge dog park about a 5 minute walk away.
It was an old tip many many years ago, but had been cleared out and the grass had grown. It was very nice. It was behind a whole heap of backstreets in a quiet area. I hardly ever saw any cars and I had only ever been once other time when there were dogs there. It had no fences but was surrounded by bush. Compleeeetely safe. Except people started getting there cars up there and just driving around and just created mud everywhere. But its ok, a 10 minute drive away is a beach which I think the dogs prefer.
If its an offleash park, you cant really complain about other dogs approaching.
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It is one thing to have a well mannered and supervised dog approach but another thing to be approached by a bully dog with no owner paying attention. I prefer Frosty to meet new dogs when she's on lead but some owners misinterpret this as my dog being aggressive ie why else would she be on lead, and some dogs interpret "on lead" the same way ie be aggressive first.
I like the beaches but I find there are as many dog phobic people there or dog vulnerable toddlers there as good dogs and owners, and dogs on lead there are frequently on lead because they like to go beat up other dogs and if my dog goes to meet them without me - it can be bad - though she's getting quite good at keeping her distance if the dog seems nasty. I guess my "effective control" is not quite reliable enough for the beach yet. Took me 3km and a narrow flight of stairs to catch her last time we went to the beach.
The other scary thing about the beach is the fishos - bait everywhere or not in closed dog proof containers and fish hooks everywhere.
Although at the footy oval - we get people trying to do fitness runs - not a problem, but leaving little piles of very smelly and attractive clothing and drink bottles on the ground. Unfortunately Frosty thinks these are for her. And in winter - we have to deal with footy players' strapping tape left all over the oval - also very smelly and inviting to a dog but can be deadly if it gets stuck in the gut, and in summer - baseballers who don't like dogs much and are actively trying to get them and everyone else banned from the entire oval - which is a community oval. Not very community minded of the baseballers. I don't think they will win that one.
The beach we attend is a family beach, its in a bay. Not a surf beach, so you hardly ever see anyone fishing. i grew up there and in 21 years reckon ive seen about 20 people fishing. No joke! Mostly during summer holidays when the tourists come down and dont realise theres no fish around! Lady just runs up and down the beach chasing sea gulls; she basicly walks herself.
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