unwritten dog park rules.

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  1. Fran101

    Fran101 Resident fainting goat

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    Somebody vandalized the dog park sign in my neighborhood and added "If you bring a tennis ball to the park and my dog steals it. We are keeping it" :rofl1:

    So.. if you could write rules of the dog park.. what would they be? lol

    1. Feel free to cross the unwritten gangland type line separating the large dog/small dog owners. Come on guys! *bursts in song* WHY CAN'T WE BE FRIENDS?
    2. Take a hint. If I am sitting on a bench with my headphones drinking starbucks. I don't want to chat.
    3. If you don't pick up your dogs poo. I will shiv you like this is a turkish prison
     
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    This, a thousand times this. Sitting ANYWHERE with headphones drinking Starbucks.
     
  3. Renee750il

    Renee750il Felurian

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    Paige Let it be

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    2. loud and clear. When I have head phones on, hands full of kid stuff and dog stuff and trying to stuff my face as it's the only time I have to eat... please don't try to chat with me. :'(
     
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    Like when you're snagging a few quiet moments to read or work on something and someone (usually a total stranger) walks up, stands there while you ignore them, hoping they'll GTF away and they finally say "whatcha reading/doing?" And then, when you answer in a one syllable monotone without looking up, they proceed to start asking more questions, trying to get your attention . . .
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    If you bring treats to the park, you deserve to have all the dogs jumping on you :D
     
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    If you are a frail 75+ year old woman afraid of being knocked down and breaking a hip...again, don't come in the freaking dog park EVERY FREAKING MORNING! Yes sitting on the bench may help your odds, but shouting and failing your arms and legs any time dogs come near is not going to make you any friends and you may find your limbs part of a tug game.
     
  8. Bigpoodleperson

    Bigpoodleperson Megan and Draco

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    Just because you do not want your dog to have a ball at the park doesnt mean I cant play ball with mine.
    Take your dog to the other side of the park if you dont want them to get my dogs ball.
     
  9. ihartgonzo

    ihartgonzo and Fozzie B!

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    1. Do not FVCKING TOUCH my dog!!! No, he does not deserve to be alpha rolled because he growled at your rude puppy. No, he does not deserve to be kicked because he's playfully humping your dog (and your dog is humping right back).

    People are soooo stupid and soooo lucky that Fozzie wouldn't lay a tooth on anyone. I'm shocked by what they will do in a heartbeat, before I even have time to react. And I am always watching him, and he is very much under voice control. It's one thing if they're breaking up a fight but correcting what they deem as unacceptable behavior, which their dog perfectly enjoys? Ask me to get my dog and I will. Or better yet, let your dog decide what they don't like, and my dog will happily oblige. This is a dog park. Dogs like to wrestle, hump, chase, and will communicate with each other vocally. If you don't like and don't understand normal dog behavior GTFO!
     
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    There are (usually) two gates for a reason. If you and your family can't fit in the little safety box created, then the rest of your family unit needs to wait until one or the other gate is closed. People do not like to chase their dogs around the neighborhood, heart in throat, in 5oclock traffic.

    Oh...and infants in carriers placed on a bench or the ground WILL be investigated by my dogs. And probably others.

    I really don't like my dogs to be practically molested by people either. Petting is good. Hugging, frantic scritching, roughing up, trying to pick up...yeah, no.
     
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    Granted, I wouldn't ever physically correct someone's dog, but you can bet I'd be very pointedly telling your dog to get off and expecting you to step in and remove him (which it sounds like you easily can and would). Some people are fine with humping; I happen to not be one of them.

    I guess my rule would be "watch your dog and his reactions, and watch how other dogs and people are reacting to your dog; manage accordingly."
     
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    1 If you have food. Especially strong smelling food my dog is going to stare at you. She will watch every bite so intense you may become uncomfortable. She won't take it but if you don't want a dog to watch you don't eat there.

    2 Don't bring any sort of inflated toy to the park like a soccer ball or a football and then try to get my dog and the other dogs to play with you. My dog will pop it. Period. You may get two minutes of fun while she tries to take it from you but it will be popped and I will not pay for a replacement especially when this is THE THIRD TIME.
     
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    ihartgonzo and Fozzie B!

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    I do tell him to get off when ever he's humping!!! The thing about Fozzie is, he doesn't "grab on" to the other dog like he's sexing them. He just kind of puts a paw up on them, freezes then zooms around. And the other dog was doing the EXACT same thing as him, putting paws on his back then frolicking around with him. It wasn't a rape scene in any way. And the other dog's owner straight up kicked him in the chest. :( Our dogs were really having fun playing, but after that I didn't let him anywhere near that dog. If Fozzie was bullying that dog and forcing himself on him, I wouldn't be so offended.

    I feel that all dogs play mimicks real life behaviors: hunting, stalking, chasing, killing, and mating. Just because dogs are wrestling, that doesn't mean they are going to kill each other. Just because dogs are playfully humping, doesn't mean they are having sex with each other. I do agree with your last sentiment though. After working in dog daycare for years I can instantly spot when dogs are uncomfortable or tension is rising, even with other people's dogs, and I'm quick to body block or distract them to break it up. But I don't feel it is EVER ok to physically harm another dog unless there is a fight or there is certainly about to be a fight. I wouldn't even physically touch dogs when I broke up fights in dog daycare, except to grab their back legs, and I NEVER had fights even with 20 huge dogs in a small room.

    Seriously!!! This lady came into the dp the other dog with a bag of Del Taco... and literally a dozen dogs were mobbing her, jumping all over her, and snapping at each other. Why would you want to eat tacos in a dirty, germy dog park anyway? She was like, "Oh! I probably shouldn't eat in here!" and we just nodded. It's on the sign in the front, actually. A dog could nab one of those delicious taco wrappers, eat it and get a blockage. Who is to blame?
     
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    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    Having a picnic in the middle of a dog park is a bad idea. (Seriously, I saw that back in the day when I used to take the girls to the dogpark)
     
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    ihartgonzo and Fozzie B!

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    ^^ Whaaaat? On the ground? Omg, imagine the dog pee/poo that is soaked in the ground...
     
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    "I assure you, your worth as a human being does not hinge on whether my shy dog likes you or not so LEAVE HIM THE FVCK ALONE."
     
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    Actually my dog loves everyone. And if we ever run into someone she won't let touch her I will do everything I can to get away from there right then.
     
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    Well, Pip doesn't care for most things. ;)
     
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    Ah, gotcha. I wouldn't even consider that humping.

    Humping absolutely mimics normal dog behavior, but there is plenty of normal dog behavior I don't allow my dogs to engage in. A huge part of the issue for me is simply physical; my dog is 25 lbs - just about any dog on his back is causing twisting and pressure. I work hard to keep him physically sound. Meg will pretty much eat the face of any dog who tries to hump her, so I just don't let it happen. I'm much nicer about chasing the dogs off than she is ;)
     
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    Do NOT try to train my dog or give her commands. She isn't harassing you or your dog, she's minding her own business - you better mind yours as well.

    Oh yeah - don't munch down on a hot dog or chicken sandwich then blame the dogs when you get mobbed...
     

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