I think it depends on the dog park. There's a great one near me, but I live in Florida. It's two acres divided in half, one side for large dogs and one side for small, completely fenced in. The dogs can run leash free and there's lots of trees, concrete paths, covereed areas , benches and litttle doggie water fountains, plus it's free to get in.
I would suggest the best thing to do would be to visit without your dog first and ask some of the peple you find there what they think of the the park, how long they've been going, etc, etc., etc.
They are so cute. It's like 3 fountains in 1. The doggie part is close to the ground, snd then there 2 other parts coming from the center pole. one for adult height, and the third ay children's height.
I hope this link works. It's a pic of Angie drinking from the doggie fountain.
gee! i wish we had a park for our dogs.with a doggie fountain ......... get outta town. now i have seen it all. we live in chicago,and the only thing i like about here reg/dogs is that we have pet stores we can take our pets in and they walk around as if they're shopping. but a doggie fountain in a park is just too cute.
Some are good, some are bad, very few I'd take a chi to. Out of dog park injuries reorted locally the worst ones at least lately have been small dogs killing chi's. Too much potential risk with a dog that small, even in a 'small dog' area.
Yes we have the fountains too. Lots of grass, but it is not sectioned off for big and little dogs, that would be great tho if they did. I've seen dogs at the park and they look like they are having a blast, even the owners are enjoying it, benches and shade ramadas, really nice, guess I can give it a try!
i stopped going, mainly because i have a dog aggressive dog, but, unfortunately, there are alot of irresponsible owners out there. you dont know if a dog could be sick, aggressive, etc. once a dog insisted on humping snowball (not for play either) until i had words with the owner because he wouldnt do anything.
We need one of those fountains. Instead of us dragging those 10lbs milk bone buckets with water from home everyday.
As far as small dogs getting hurt, the only one that I've seen is a cocker got it's front legs broken when a boxer stomped on it when it was playing with a lab. Other than that, I only see the occational scrap here and there. If u have a dog, you owe it to yourself to at least go to a dog park once, even if u have to carry your dog the whole time.
just a word of warning. Those cute doggie fountains can get your dog sick. you should really only let your dog drink out of its personal bowl. There are many dog owners that don't know or dont' care if there dog is sick.
sorry but i'am one of those dogs owner that would never let my little chi/ out of my sight ,when wer'e out i have him on his leash. let me tell you about the other night that something happen at my house .cuz& i came home could'nt find teacup (his name ) ask hubby wher'es teacup ,hubby said i doi'nt know look all over for him could'nt find him . my knees started to shake thought hubby was playing a trick but no ,teacup ran passhim without him knowing and was upstairs in his wokshop. hubby just don't know if i would'nt found teacup someone was going to have to move and it was'nt going to be me or teacup. now hubby keeps better watch on teacup he knows how fast he is . so when ia'm out i make sure i watch him . now i know you probly want to ask would i really put my hubby out. YOU BET YOUR DOLLAR! AND SEE DO'NT I WIN.
dog parks are the best! we have one for large dogs where they can swim in this huge pond... and there's a small dog run for pups, seniors, and smaller dogs. You can see the dogs how happy they are to roam free and meet new friends
Those of you who can walk in parks....should be happy that you can...If I was to do that in South Africa I would be murdered within 20 mins you cant walk on the streets here you will either get robbed raped or murdered or all together... I wish I could though Ive seen movies of parks in America(lol) looks great...
I hear ya Mark, the only dog park around here is in the ghetto. When I got my license (a long time ago) my dad made me promise that I would never drive through there. It's been years and I still don't!
There are tons of dog parks in Orange County...I just moved from there. I really want to take Merphy to one, but I'm afraid. For now I take him to a regular park, I leave his leash on, but don't always hold it. He doesn't go far...if I throw his ball more than about 20 feet, he won't go get it. He just gives me the look like, you threw it, now you go fetch! But, I think the suggestion to go scope out the park without the dog first is a good idea. I'll try that.