It's not about whether or not your dog is friendly and fine, it's also about the common courtesy of asking first AND whether or not the other dog is friendly. How do you know that every other dog you meet isn't dog aggressive? What guarantees do you have that your puppy won't be attacked because it approached an old or sensitive dog in the wrong manner?
It's been about a year since I've been to a dog park. But when I used to go to the local one regularly I hated the person who brought a dog in that didn't want to play. That wasn't sociable, that was clearly uncomfortable. Or the person that can't read when their dog has had enough. I dislike the person who brings in a ball because sometimes that can start problems too, or I should say the person who wants to play ball with their dog when clearly there is a problem between a couple of the dogs over the ball.
There used to be this old lady that would bring in her very old GSD X he clearly didn't want to be in the park with all the dogs racing around. But she would still walk thru the leash free park and expect no other dog to go up to her dog.
At a beach or non dog area I will call my dogs back very quickly the minute I see another dog and put them on lead. Because the other person might not have been expecting to come across another dog any more than I was so I don't know what their dog might be like.
I have mine off leash at a river beach nearby. One day, while I was running up and down the bank with Dora, this SBT came zooming up to her, wanting a play. It turns out the SBTs own hadnt seen my dog (and I hadnt seen her, they came from behind me) so I was hell startled when Dora just zoomed in front of me with a dog ten times her size racing after her.
Like MAC, I put mine on a leash the second I see another dog at the beach.
ETA: Or another person, I might add!
Last edited by Masha; 04-07-2010 at 04:52 PM.
Not until the end of last year with Pipi. She has always been capeable of being off the lead, but sometimes I just prefer to keep her on it. It's retractable so she get's 5m to herself.
I didn't realise that Ralley_girl was only talking about off leash dog parks/beaches. I don't go to them, and haven't since my ACDx (rescue that lives with my dad) was attacked by two JRT's requiring stitches. Apparently they were friendly and loved everyone....
I go to unused parks, or parks when no-one else is around to ensure my pups safety. I'd prefer him socialising with dogs that I know, which he may not have met yet, but at least that way I know their temperament.
I also can't stand the dogs that come racing up and mug me for pats either when I'm walking without Batty. Yeah fair enough your dog is friendly, and I do love all dogs, but I'd rather ask permission of the owner before patting any dog and I'm nearly 30 years old. I don't like nearly tripping over other peoples dogs while they call them but don't bother to actually do anything about it.
Heck I was in an off leash park with the same ACD when it was deserted about two weeks after. It was only a small area and I was keeping a close eye on the gate. A lady walked up (young with two kids squealing their heads off and a baby) with her lab mixes, both out of control hyper practically dragging her down the street. I called out "Hold on a minute I'm just leaving" and went to leash Ben, she said "Oh don't worry mine are very friendly, they'll just play". I responded with "Mine won't that's why we're here alone" and she proceeded to berate me telling me that my 'monster' shouldn't be there if he wasn't friendly. Now I went out of my way to make sure there was no-one there when I got there, that it was safe and the second I saw her I was going to leave.
I guess my point is that not everyone who uses an off lead park will have a friendly dog, and not every dog that is friendly will get along with every other one. You have to expect the unexpected.
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