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Old 11-09-2011, 08:04 PM
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Sorry, there were no pics from the actual dog park, I was not impressed as it was a giant dirt hole full of rocks. Felt as if it should have been more of mountain training than play. His first friend he met was a bull dog mix who was 4 months. She loved Zeus so much she trampled him and tried to snip at his back. Don't worry, I stayed right by his side and the bull's owner was very sorry. That was the only dog there too....Should have gone to the one in DC like I wanted. But here are some pics of his ride home from his miserable exp
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Old 11-09-2011, 08:43 PM
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That's too bad Bryan.
I'm not a big fan of dog parks, too much drama.
The idea is great, but not everyone respects the rules, which causes problems.
We have a gorgeous park 30 minutes from home, but there are a few people that bring in aggressive/ill mannered dogs, so we just stay away.
Hubby does bring Rocky & Benji there sometimes so they could run, but super early in the morning when no one is there.

Zeus is a cutie though. How old is he?
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Old 11-09-2011, 08:53 PM
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Zeus is so adorable! I'm sorry that your experience was a bad one. I find that I like taking Teddy on trails rather than to the dog park anyway. LS is right--dog parks can be just too much drama!
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Old 11-09-2011, 08:59 PM
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I agree, so I was expecting to fend for him the whole time. I should throw dog parties.lol. The backyard at the house is decent sized, and fenced; I just don't know of anyone with small dogs
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Old 11-09-2011, 09:22 PM
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Finn used to attend a Small Dog Meetup until we started rescuing Chis. He enjoyed those meetups very much, although they were far to travel. But now he has his own pack and the dog park is my sunroom, so we don't have to travel for Finn to have play time with someone his own age. But my point is sometimes we are lucky enough to have playtime just for little dogs.
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Poor little guy! We have a dog park on the other side of town that is very large, and they have a big dog area and a little dog area separated by a fence. I thought that was great as long as people follow the rules. I worry when I take my doberman to dog parks that she'll hurt them by accident playing. She plays with the little dogs here and isn't the least bit aggressive (she doesn't have a mean bone in her body) but, playing with a little dog at a flat out run is much different than playing around the house. I saw an ad on Craig's List for a Doberman Day at the dog park in the next town over. We went and it was all Dobermans and had a great time. I wonder if maybe you could go that route to find other little dogs to play with in a public place of course. Or put up a notice at Petsmart or the vet's office or groomer.
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Old 11-09-2011, 10:51 PM
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I don't do dog parks either. I know some people LOVE them, but I think they are an accident waiting to happen with our tiny dogs.

There are some chi meet up groups or toy dog play groups you could join! I'm sure there are some in your area. I found several here and they meet a couple times a month at a doggy day care (open just for them) and then everyone brings their chihuahua's. No big dogs to trample them and they have a blast!
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I don't do dog parks. I know my dogs and how they will react to other dogs. I simply don't trust other owners to be watchful of their dogs or to know for sure if their "playful, friendly" dog is actually aggressive or fearful.

I don't usually take them into pet stores either.
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