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Venting: dog park

Discussion in 'Dog Debates' started by Chevypride, Aug 19, 2015.

  1. Chevypride

    Chevypride Puppy

    Maybe it's a good idea to post this and maybe it's not. But I need to vent. My puppy is 4 months old, he's APBT cross pug/beagle. I get that he's pit, I get that he may develop dog aggression, I get that I'm risking a lot taking him to the dog park, but he's barely 14 pounds and has shown zero signs of DA (It can show up at anytime, I know) anyways, we were at the dog park today, and there was four dogs there (including my own) and everyone was getting along great, we were walking laps with the dogs following us when a pitbull came in (again, I love pits, and this is why this made me so mad) one of the dogs walking with us went over to check out the leashed pit and got attacked, the dog pulled the owner over and got the dog. By this point we realized this wasn't a good idea and started leashing our dogs (mine and my sisters) that's when the other dog went over to the other dog and got attacked, the owner of that dog went over and straight up said that the dog did not belong in a dog park and there reaction "he has a right to be here too" when I explained to them that a dog with any kind of aggression doesn't belong in a dog park they said "yeah. That's why we have him leashed" HE PULLED THEM OVER!. ARE YOU JOKING? This pit was on the larger side, I'm going to guess 50 pounds, the first owner asked the dog owner for information (his dog was hurt) they claimed he was a pit (so no I'm not just assuming) and said they left his rabies tag and documents at home and couldn't get them and they left his city license at home. It just bugged me so much to see such ignorance coming from them, there dog was clearly aggressive, and the comments coming from the other people about how bad and "vicious" pit bulls are and how "no wonder they get banned". Anyways, this is honestly the first negative expierence I've had surrounding pits, everyone finds out that Jax is and they start to ask a million questions that I happily answer explaining that he really isn't a baby killing monster, and not one person has said a negative thing, but hearing those comments as I was carrying my dog out upset me so much (I'll get tougher skin.. Eventually). Moral of the story? I hate ignorant owners.
  2. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Well, you may hate ignorant owners, but you are one. Willfully ignorant, in fact.

    You KNOW you shouldn't be taking your dog to the dog park, but you do it anyway. What happens if your dog attacks another dog some day and it's YOUR dog reinforcing the negative perception of "pits" and YOU'RE now that owner?

    Or how about if another idiot brings their DA dog to the dog park and lets them off leash, and they attack your 14lb puppy?

    Vent all you want, but you're just part of the problem.
  3. Chevypride

    Chevypride Puppy

    Someone bringing an off leash dog to the dog park and attacking my dog would happen irragardless of his breed, so by the sounds of it you just don't like dog parks at all.
  4. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Uh yeah, that's kind of the point. Though bringing a fighting breed/mix to one is just adding to the already abundant list of potential issues.
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  5. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    All it takes is 1 time. One time of your puppy to get attacked and trigger his DA to hate all other dogs forever. That's the risk that you're assuming by taking your dog to the dog park.

    How WE feel about dog parks really doesn't matter. It's what happens at dog parks and what a dog park is, that matters.
  6. Lillie May

    Lillie May Good Dog

    There's a sticky thread you should read about dog parks. I've never used them, even before having my bull breed mixes. Too many idiots, exactly like the one you saw, whip worms and other health related dangers are another. I'm not putting any of my dogs in a position of being hurt or killed. Bottom line, even if I thought they were a good idea ( which I don't), as a responsible bull breed mix owner, I wouldn't take them.
  7. ShanaRowan

    ShanaRowan FlirtPolin' Premium Member

    If one of my usually-dog-friendly dogs was leashed, then brought into an area with a bunch of strange dogs approaching her, she would probably attack them too. DA is par for the course with bull breeds but at the same time many dogs probably would have reacted similarly. It was pure stupidity on the part of the dog's owner.

    That being said dog parks themselves are just pure stupidity. You don't know the dogs, the people, their capability/competence level, if the dogs are sick or unvaccinated, if there is a dog with worms who took a shit on the ground, and yes, if your dog that looks even vaguely pit bull-ish were to do anything (even defend itself) it would be another nail in the coffin for the breed... especially judging by the fellow owners' reactions to the situation, these are not people you want around your dog.
  8. Tiffseagles

    Tiffseagles GRCH Dog Premium Member

    My understanding is that you assume risk when you enter a dog park. If you or your dog is bitten/attacked in a off leash dog park, there's a good chance you are not entitled to any compensation. You can check with a local lawyer about local laws.

    I don't use dog parks. I don't like them. We see way to many dogs at the office that have picked up infectious disease there (vaccines only address a few infectious conditions).

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