topic. 4/5 time when I bring my dog to the dog park he gets attacked. I am wondering if I'm just having bad run ins. Yesterday he got attacked by a lab with a muzzle on. When he gets attack, he doesn't fight back. His tails go in between his legs and his ears go back and he tries licking the dog that attacks him. If he doesn't he rolls over and show his belly as if he is showing that he is being submissive. He had 2 bite wounds from 2 female border collies half his size and a bite wound from a rottweiler. The dog park has about 100-200 dogs whenever I go.
***Edited By: finalsphere on 1/15/2006 2:59:41 AM*** Reason: edit
I've only taken Merphy to one dog park once. I'm trying to socialize him more, but have to be careful because he growls at some dogs. This park in Irvine has separate lots for small and large dogs. I kept Merphy on his leash while he felt things out. He was greeted by a Yorkie and was fine, then another dog, and he was fine. Then an Italian Greyhound came up to sniff him, and he was fine. Then another came up on his side, and I could tell he was getting nervous, and then a third IG came up, surrounding Merphy. He started to growl then snapped at one of them. I felt bad, but the owners of the dogs were so engulfed in conversation that they didn't even notice. I was really mad, they are supposed to watch their dogs, even if they are inside a gate. I personally would be pissed if my dog got bit at, but these people had more important things on their mind I guess. I just left after that. I just found a new one closer to where I live where there is hardly ever anyone there. I may try that one.
I also bring him to another dog park, but it's not as exciting. The dog park where he gets attacked is huge and there are many hills and cliffs because it's resided near the ocean. I rarely see people walking 1 dog. I usually see people walking close to 20 at a time. I think they are fostering or babysitting.
Our dog park doesn't have that many dogs but when I take Cody I first walk him along the outside of the fenced in area for both the big dog side and the small dog side and if any dog shows aggression or if Cody shows agression (which he never has, he loves all dogs big and small) I do not take him in. I have only had to leave once. Cody is a small dog but he thinks he is a big dog, he loves running and playing with the big guys better then playing with the little ones. Don't know if walking yours on the outside is possible or not just a suggestion, it works for us.
I am not too fond of dog parks. I thought it was just the one in my town but I went to another in the next town over and it was the same there as well.
I think most of the people that use the parks are there to socialize themselves and the dog is just an excuse. Most of them are not watching their dogs and have no clue as to what is happening to their dog or what their dog is doing.
Second, the flyers that came out and the sign posted at the park states it is for members only. There is a nominal fee in our town to cover the administration work and you have to be up to date on your shots etc. It also states aggressive dogs must be muzzled, not mixing large dogs in the small dog half, etc, etc, etc.
That is all good but it is only to cover the towns asses as the final statement where you sign the form states "The town does not police the park, etc etc etc."
Basicly you pay a nominal fee for them to check all members are up to date on the shots etc but no one is there to check if only members are using it or asking members with aggressive dogs or dogs that play rough to muzzle their dogs or even stay away.
Heck the one police dog we have in town goes there every day with his handler for his hour or so workout and no one is allowed in the park when he is working. Never a set time, when the cop feels like it..
I think the town built a place for the police dog to get his workouts with out having to drive 45 min. each way to the police acadamy and are hoping the membership fees pay for the construction.
Dog parks are hotbeds for disease and parasites, I have/would never take my dogs to one. Putting that many dogs together loose is just asking for trouble, I've heard of smaller dogs being attacked en masse and killed. Thats one of the reasons why they now have large and small dog areas. Also some people bring dog agressive dogs to parks, they figure their dog is nasty enough to take care of itself so they don't care if someone esles dog gets hurt. People can be reall jerks, and quite frankly some dogs are just jerks too. I'd stop taking my dog there.