As you guys can tell I am kind of a trouble maker. I like debates and contoversy. it is exciting. Hry it is the similarities that have brought us together, it is the differences that will make things intersting. I have been reading this book called,"Dogs Best Friend", It is not your usual dog book. THe book is all about the social relationship between dog and man. and the author talks about dog parks being dog ghettos. I thought about it and got upset that because i choose to own a dog i can not bring him the regular park this might be offensive to others. my dog behaves better than most children. There are dogs who enjoy being at a park but just do not enjoy other dogs. this is another problem the biggest problem i see at the dog park is the humans. I bet if we left dogs alone inside the fence all would be okay without us. Okay folks i know it's coming ,so let me have it!
I think it's ridiculous that dog parks are referred to as being dog ghettos. In many cases, dog parks provide one of the few safe places for dogs to run around and play without you having to worry about them getting away or disturbing other park goers. Our dog park is not fenced, but it's off the beaten path in a lovely wooded/shaded area with picnic areas, a nature trail and big open fields for the dogs to run and play. They're actually in the process of renovating part of it to make a dog agility course. How is that adog ghetto?
i really think dog parks are great, too. it's the one place i'm safe to let my dogs run; even though they are very friendly and love people, you just never know what might happen when they are loose. the one i go to has a couple lakes and a nice tree area with shade.
I have yet to take my dog to an off-leash park. I do see that it is a wonderful place for owner who have a small yard or no yard at all. Where else can a dog have better excersize than an open arew where they can jump and run at their own pace?
I use to take my dogs to the dog park. (it's 50 miles away, so with gas it's too expensive now) I love dog parks. The one we go to, people are responsible and watch their pets, clean up after their pets, etc.
Here in Chicago, they are starting to come aroundand realize how important pets are to their people. We have several dog parks in the city, along with a doggie beach - which is hysterical. The city cordoned off a section of the shore line on Lake Michigan and literally, fenced it in. Dogs are splashing, swimming - it is too funny. We also have several dog parks in our forest preserves. Most people clean up after their dogs, (notice I say most) and everyone is pretty much and dedicated and obsessed as I am about their pooches. They are awesome places for city people with no backyards to take their dogs out and run and play as well as socialize.
ghetto by defintion means a place where a group of people of the same ethnicity live together. i don't think he meant ghetto as in dirt ball neightborhood. I live in san diego where there is numerous dog parks and a few dog beaches. we have a catahoula leopard dog that is 10 and loves fetch. she is not aggressive but does not like other dogs bothering her while she is playing. our problem she is not tempermently fit to be around other dogs and the only place she can be off leash is the dog park. the dog park part of dusty rhodes park (this is the park of choice in san diego) it is highly over crowded,un mancured and loaded with conjuctitis, and fleas, the dog beach is loaded with parvo.
Hello everyone, here in Maryland there are many dog parks also and a dog beach in one area also. I think that dog parks are highly needed especially for people who own dogs but do not have a very big yard it gives the dog a chance to really let loose and be a dog. I think dog parks are great for anyone who cares to enjoy them. like me I have a soft coated wheaten terrier he is a sporting dog and loves to run so the park is a perfect place for him.
I have tried taking our dogs to dog parks but find that the only way I can do it is go in the very very early morning or not at all. Most of our dog parks have the small dogs separated from the larger dogs but so many idiots think the small dog area is a special place for their dog's needs. Went to one dog park and started to go in the small breed area, there was a man in there with a rottweiler/pit mix. I asked if why he had his dog in this area that is not only small (little dogs don't need a big field) but also designated for small dogs. His answer: "My dogs doesn't like other dogs and gets into fights" Nice, so what do I do with my dogs. We left and our pups never got a chance to run and play. Tried again another time and a man and a woman had their St. Bernard in the small dog section. Her answer: "She has diarrhea so I didn't want to chance the other dogs getting it" Hello, people! The small dog area is not a "time out" place for your bad dog nor is it isolation for your sick dog.
a dog park is just another area for the stupidity of the human race to show itself. if everyone were smart and thats not likely i think dog parks would be a tremendous idea. but as the above poster stated people bring dogs to the park that are not friendly with either dogs or humans. now why would you do that? probably to get your kicks seeing your dog beat up other dogs. not all kids get along in parks and i don't expect all dogs to get along either but to intentionally bring your dog knowing it doesn't get along with other dogs is stupid and happens quite frequently. i would love to be able to take scout to a doggie park. she would have so much fun. but i am hesitant because of who/what i may run into.
I just want to say that in this wonderful city that I live in, Corpus Christi, Texas, there are no dog parks, no one obeys the leash law, no one gets in trouble, and even though we have miles upon miles of beaches, none for doggies, on leash only, which of course no one abides by. Therefore, people who care about there dogs don't take them, because the people that do take theirs don't keep them on a leash, don't watch them, and when they run upon a child or smaller dog barking, more often than not they laugh about it. Humanity? Now that I've said that, I did notice someone's comments about fleas, parvo, etc. I had never thought about that. Is that prevelant everywhere? Gina