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Degrees of exposure.. deciding safe places to take your "bulldog"

Discussion in 'General Dog Discussions' started by Mollie's Nana, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. Mollie's Nana

    Mollie's Nana Krypto Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Degrees of exposure.. deciding safe places to take your "bulldog"

    Degree of Exposure:

    Dog Park...Grade "F"...unknown dogs, unknown owners, too many dogs at one time, people thinking the dog park is where to socialize their DA dog, multiple dogs for one owner

    Public Parks (fairly crowded)...Grade "C-D"...depends on how crowded...do they have off the beat nature paths (a plus)...can usually avoid situations IF the other dog owners are as aware as you, parents not watching children close enough, possible alcohol (rowdy "pit bull lovers"-let them fight dude!)

    Indoor Dog Friendly Facilities (i.e.,. PetSmart/Lowes/Home Depot...Doggy Daycare)...Grade "D-F"...can get cornered in small spaces...people think it is like a mall and nothing will happen...Daycare workers do not fully understand the "bulldog breed"

    Neighborhood Walks...Grade "A-B+"...you know your environment (including the fact that strays are or aren't usually loose)...more likely to carry a deterrent for other dogs (spray, ect)...can actually plan escape routes ahead of time

    Planned Dog Playdates...Grade "B-C+"...you know the dogs...you can limit the numbers...but they are still off leash...need to recognize body language and stay as close as possible to the "action" (good idea to walk the dogs first before letting them off-leash)

    Leaving your Dog with a "Friend"...Grade "Incomplete"...you are not there and anything can happen (nobody knows your dog better than you)...the "friend" might not know this breed and fully understand the job at hand...could be a bit "loose" with securing your dog

    Backyard/Private Property...Grade "A"...you are in 99.9% control...you do what works best to secure your dog and keep others out...very limited exposure to troublesome circumstances

    ***One of the most important things to remember is that no matter what you and your dog do right...in a public place it is sometimes what others do wrong!*** Thanx for reading...DieselDawg
    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 11, 2010
  2. DieselPitBull

    DieselPitBull Good Dog

    so far I do all these but leave you dog with a friend and dog parks.

    ---------- Post added at 12:02 PM ---------- Previous post was at 12:01 PM ----------

    Lowes and home depot are dog friendly? Are you sure?
  3. LilianaLove

    LilianaLove GRCH Dog

    It's like driving- drive defensively and 9 times out of 10 you can avoid a bad situation. Act like nothing's going to happen and not pay attention, that's when you get into trouble.
  4. renae_nae

    renae_nae Big Dog

    AMEN! Thankfully we have a petstore here that is VERY good about making sure dogs are on a leash and well behaved (plus it's hardly ever crowed) so we do a lot of our training there. I've learned when it's usually dead and sometimes we'll be the only ones in the store...great for off leash work in a controlled environment but unfamiliar to them (or course we have a look out for people coming into the store :p ).

    ---------- Post added at 11:39 AM ---------- Previous post was at 11:38 AM ----------

    Although I can't believe they put petstores and doggy daycare in the same category. Simply because in petstores you are they and they are leashed and in doggy daycare it's a free for all with someone who doesn't know your dog near as well.
  5. luvabull

    luvabull Little Dog

    I love this!^^^^
  6. Breely

    Breely Puppy

    Good Advice

    Some people out there are crazy. Dont let then be in controll.
  7. i think all the dogs really need is their owners and a great long walk..once my dogs reach adulthood 99.99% of their time is with people and they are sooo happy to please their owners and be with us. we are fortunate to have an enclosed baseball field by us so lots of hours are spent by ourselves playing 'ball'. its safe, we both have fun, and by the time we are done we are both panting and need a nap.:)
  8. Archie's Mom

    Archie's Mom Little Dog

    Excellent post. Thank you!
  9. spazz apbt

    spazz apbt Puppy

    out or in

    i've just purchased a puppy pitbull i will most likley have him outside but i need to know what is to young to leave him in his pin outside it is fall and i dont want to put him outside to early his dog house will be insulated is that enough
  10. Tiffseagles

    Tiffseagles GRCH Dog Premium Member

    I would give nature/hiking trails better than a C-D. I've seen less than 5 dogs on those - or maybe it's where I chose to go? - and I go frrequently.

    Great post thoguh!:sonn_u11:
  11. Explorer

    Explorer Puppy

    I too do all these but leave my dog with a friend and dog parks. I would add remote hiking trails in bigger mountain areas and give it a A - B+. I believe if your dog is trained and used to the mountains, he/she will be the happiest pooch hiking for hours in that type of environment.

  12. Burrow

    Burrow Puppy

    I can't wait until it gets warmer and we can go on hikes again.
  13. pookie!

    pookie! GRCH Dog

    I cant wait until Bear gets a little bigger and walks better on his leash so me and my boyfriend can take him camping and fishing with us.
    He helps me so much with my anxiety, I cant wait for him to grow so we can go exercising :)
    I miss my old dog Zoey (APBT/Corgie) she kept me in shape!
  14. Sandi

    Sandi Big Dog

    Thanks again Mollies Nana.

    I have to have neighbours looking after my dog for a couple of days soon which I'm a bit nervous about. The dog is fine BUT I am going to do some training of the carers first, dos & don't s.

    I also had a real scare last night, had the dog down the river, not a soul around & the owner of 5 Yorkshire terriers pulled up right beside us, let his dogs out & started talking to us. He knows Sandi & knows she is obedient. His dogs proceeded to hound & harass Sandi who eventually gave them a couple of warnings as we politely tried to get the hell out of their. One moment Sandi is at my feet, the next a Yorkie has disappeared underneath her. My heart stopped & in the fraction of a second it took me to react I feared the worst but she had pinned it to the ground with her paw & I'm convinced was having a quiet word in it's shell like.

    Beware the idiot owner & don't worry about being polite, it will save grey hairs.
  15. SnowKoi2010

    SnowKoi2010 Puppy

    I do all of these but the dog park thing. But I also started my pit when she wasn't but 6wks old, introducing her to other dogs and people, new sounds and surroundings. She loves to visit Petsmart and greets the children like they are her own no matter what skin color. She loves to get introduced to new dogs. I have never had a problem with her wanting to be aggressive to any dog. I even introduced her to Koi, the new puppy I have, and she mothered it like it was her own pup.

    I believe these places can be good depending on the exposure and training you have done with you dog. I can take my dog to all of these places and she would have a blast. There is nothing wrong with your dog meeting new strange dogs on neutral territory.

    If I feel like my dog is going to be threatened, I do not take her. But pretty much everyone around here knows Snow and that is how it should be.
  16. sonyasaranee

    sonyasaranee Good Dog

    Love it. This is what I'm saying, and agree totally. I love the part about "everyone knows her and thats how it should be."
    You are SO right, educating about the breed means we need people who are willing to train and love their dog well enough that it is balanced, and people can get to know the breed that way. They wont get to know the breed if we keep them (constantly) behind doors.. People who hate Pits or misunderstand them do not look up forum and look at all the wonderful pictures of our loved ones, they see what they see when they see it, meaning, lets show off our well behaved dogs to the world under our leadership. If we don't let our dogs accept the world (in at least a small amount) how will the world accept them and learn?
  17. pookie!

    pookie! GRCH Dog

    ^^ EXACTLY! some person asked me when I was in home depot if my dog was going to eat babies when he got bigger.

    I wanted to freak out on him, but I didnt. I let my pup go up to him and kiss him and show him how he would sit and be a "good" dog, and said.. does he look like he is going to eat babies? He is a dog. So what if he is a pit bull. He is probably better trained than your dog, and the man agreed with me, and said he probably couldn't bring his dog out anywhere without it acting like a fool. (he had a spaniel)

    I bring my boy with me everywhere I go, and do you know how many people love him? TONS!
    They have no hesitation about their children around him, and a lot of people have stopped me and told me I picked the best breed in the world, and if I want a dog that will love me forever and be the most loyal pet I have ever had, that this is the breed!
  18. Little Lizard

    Little Lizard Little Dog

    I certainly do what I can to promote the breed in a positive light, and so I take Opie with me many places. But promoting the breed means keeping your dog out of dangerous situations and that's first on my list of priorities. I will never take Opie to a place like PetSmart because many people just aren't intelligent enough to realize that it's utter stupidity to allow there dogs to get in other dogs' faces when they're passing them in aisles. It's just too much of a hassle.

    And obviously I stay away from dog parks. They're not much good for any dog, except in small communities where most of the people and dogs know each other well.
  19. JollyRogers

    JollyRogers Puppy

    Great post!!!

    We like to go hiking in the mountains... It usually is great and I would give it an B-A+. One time though, fortunately our male started growling into a thicket. Yes a Black Bear!!! Our dog would not let us move. He was frozen and ready for the fight. Never seen him like it. We took a wider berth and he was OK with it. Oh, and then there was the river crossing we had to make!!! Not sure who hated it more, me or my dog :) Wow that was fun and very cold!!! But you know, we didn't run into any stray dogs up that way. I'll have to dig up the pics.
  20. Shoshana

    Shoshana Little Dog

    We don't take Peanut to dog parks. But we have left her with (dog saavy) friends and with my sister (with lots of training). No probs.

    We take her lots of places - pet stores, home improvement stores, I even brought her into Barnes and Noble once. She's been in lots of stores - as long as there is no sign saying no dogs.

    We take her out to eat with us - we have never had a problem having her lay at our feet while we dine on the patio. My mom was amazed at some of the places we were allowed with her. Rockfish said we could eat on the patio as long as she wasn't aggressive and didn't bark. We do take her at off hours when it's not super busy tho.

    I take her to the airport when I go pick up DH. We hang out outside the terminal and people watch.

    We don't hike but we do take her on the urban trails (on leash)

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