Sunday, February 17, 2008

Dog Parks

I love going to Dog Parks but sometimes it is more fun than others. A lot depends on which dogs are at the park and just how responsible their people are.

Barbara and I went this morning and I met several nice dogs and had a good time chasing and playing. There was a very sweet young Brittany who liked to play the same kind of games that I play. We had a good time with each other. One Australian Shepherd dog thought he could hump me but I soon set him straight and it didn't bother me at all.

What I don't like are the dogs who crowd the gate when other dogs are trying to come in the park. I get a little nervous when 3 or 4 big dogs stand at the gate, stare at me and then get in my face as I try to enter. It is not good dog body language at all and very rude. Barbara never lets me hang out near the gate. Where are those dogs' people?? Probably chatting on their cell phones or standing around talking to their friends and ignoring their dogs.

They are supposed to be paying attention to how their dogs are socializing, not socializing themselves. Sometimes they think that it is OK for the dogs to "work it out themselves" and I have seen some sensitive dogs get pushed around quite badly by bullies. Their people need to wise up and pay attention.

2 comments:

Comet and BLU said...

Thanks for stopping by our blog.
We don't ever go to the doggy park for that exact reason. We always get mobbed by a bunch of dogs when we try to enter. It is very scary for us. I froth at the mouth and Comet barks his brains out.
Comet and BLU

The Zoo Crew said...

Glad we found you on DWB!! My very first obedience class was taught by a nice lady who had a doggie just like you that came to class all the time!

Peace + Paws,

Kai

(My mama won't take me to the dog park anymore for the very reasons you mention. Too many irresponsible dog owners)