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Hello,
I found out that there are several dog parks around my town. So i'm thinking about bringing Sissy to a dog park to get out of house...
Are there any cons to dog parks?

I'm not sure what sissy will do once off the leash... however she did get out of the house and had to go chase her down but she came back when called. Still, i'm not comfortable off the leash.

The dog parks around here have separated fenced in areas...one for small dogs and one for bigger dogs so thats a plus (i think).

Your opinions Please?
 

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I think it's a good idea,they need to play with other dogs and socialise and if it's fenced at least she can't escape,mine love being off lead in the field near me
 

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Our dog park has a small dog area as well. I took Zoey one time and all the other "small dogs" were so much bigger then her. A big Corgi kept running her over and a Min pin kept trying to mount her and I never took her off lead as I just wanted to see how it went. We left and have not been back.
 

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I think it's good for our fur babies to socialize with other dogs, especially for those who only have one. I bring Hershey to the dog park every weekend. She was shy the first few times but warmed up eventually. She stays on the small dogs area, although the dogs are still bigger than her. There would always be other dogs who'd want to tackle 'em so make sure you don't keep 'em away from your sight.

It's always nice to see her running around off-leash and enjoying herself.

Here's Hershey looking at a big dog at the other side of the fence.
 

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I do *NOT* let mine off lead at the dog park...lol mainly b'c everyone seems to own poorly bred labs and golden retrievers here that think my dogs are squeaky toys. Socializing is only good if your poor lil doggie isn't getting the bajeezus scared out of it, in fact, it must ALWAYS be a positive experience for them and it is your job to make sure that is true. Some dogs like dog parks, others don't. Mine are about 1/2 and 1/2. So we take the ones that like to go and leave the others home that day, and make sure the ones we bring have a good experience so they continue to like it.

Please think twice about letting your sweet small Sissy off lead there though. If she spooks or runs off or gets chased by a big dog the results could be catastrophic and life changing for Ms Sissy.
 

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I think dog parks are great, but for the most part I personally prefer sticking to my chi meetup group where the dogs are all smaller, otherwise I tend to feel guarded the entire time. I worry too much about a big dog running over and hurting my little ones. I would never ever let mine off lead either.

it must ALWAYS be a positive experience for them and it is your job to make sure that is true.
I absolutely agree.
 

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We don't have dog parks here but Louie regularly gets let off leash in our parks with other dogs. He is a bit snappy to other dogs on the lead so now I just let him off as he prefers it that way. He is a little snappier with bigger dogs coz they are so bouncy but he isn't scared to tell them off and they soon back off and play nicely.

Luckily we haven't come face to face with a horrible dog yet thank god as Louie is far too friendly for his own good and usually runs off to say hello to other dogs! We are working on his recall on that one!

I panicked like crazy before I let him off, but he is a big boy (7lbs) and hes alot tougher than he looks. We've never had a problem with bigger dogs, he tells them off and they respect him or so it would seem :)
 

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I think dog parks are great, but for the most part I personally prefer sticking to my chi meetup group where the dogs are all smaller, otherwise I tend to feel guarded the entire time. I worry too much about a big dog running over and hurting my little ones. I would never ever let mine off lead either.



I absolutely agree.
If you have a smaller, less agressive chi, they can get mowed down by a bigger chi. My friend's chi (and 1/2 brother to Peach) is way more high energy and will run her over. Of course, she dives down and poor Jasper falls right over on himself. haha I think they like it though as she jumps up and bites at his ear to get him to play again. But watch for signs of stress in your dog. I am lucky that I live on 10 acres, so we do doggie playdates here. :)
 

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If you have a smaller, less agressive chi, they can get mowed down by a bigger chi.
This is true! Still better than being mowed over by a chi then an over excited 70 lb lab though. hehe. I know all the chi's and their personalities at my meetup group now so I don't worry too much, but I do agree with you. :) I tend to worry about my pups around any dogs I don't know, I think you have to really.
 

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My dogs adore our dog park and it's made a world of difference in their lives.
Ours has a small dog area too. The first few times I took them in there, but all they did was run to the fence and bark at dogs on the other side.

I took them to the 'big dog area' which is huge, and they have never been the same since. They are in heaven every minute they are there, and when it's warm out, they expect it everyday.

You could start out taking your chi on leash into the big area, and as other friendly dogs approach, consider letting him off leash for a bit to get used to it.

There are very few small dogs that come to our park, in fact Stella is 50 pounds appears small compared to most dogs, but the only instance I've had in 2 + years of going has been with people wanting to pick up the Chi's.
( Most of these big dogs turn and run if one of the chi's starts barking at them ! )

Is your park licensed ? Ours is. You purchase a license, and the dog must registered with the city before they can get one.

Prior to this, my dogs would bark their heads off at another dog coming within 100 feet of them. Now they willing tolerate strange dogs coming along and joining them as the romp around.

Joie has even let other humans pet him without so much as a grimmace ( which is nothing short of a miracle, I assure you ).

That's been my experience.
 

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i took sissy today to the dog park. it is really messy / muddy. i let her off the leash for like 10 seconds to see what she would do. i only put on her leash when i saw other (small dogs). however the small dogs would be in the larger dog area...no large dog was there today probably due to mud. we ended up just walking around the park (on leash). i am thinking about getting ssisy a new harness. one of those fabric ones as i now see that she is getting out of her one she has and gets tangeled. oy... but we have to cut back so probably not going to get it until i make some money.
 

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We visit the dog park every day. My girls love it!

I've never had a problem with Daisy (my smallest). Riley has been run into and knocked over but it was an equal sized dog. Roxy has also been ran into and knocked over- by a Yorkie :D

I watch my girls like hawks and we stay on the small dog side. If someone brings their big dog on our side, we leave.
 

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Paco loves the dog park, ours is also fenced off for smaller dogs, Paco loves to chase and be chased, he just runs wild.
 

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Our dog park has a fenced in area but we dont use it. There is also an open area where the dogs and owners mingle and then it branches off to different trails, fields, etc. We LOVE it. Its the chis very favorite thing to do, they have a blast running around in open space off leash, and get great exercise and socialization. We have never had a problem with other dogs, and my three are always the smallest. There are some small dogs too, but it seems to mostly be danes, mastiffs, rotties, boxers, labs and other big dogs. If a big dog is being too pushy with them, Reese and Miley arent afraid to give a little growl and ask them to back off, but mostly theyre just excited to greet new dogs and make friends. And Miley loves to see the people, usually everyone wants to make a fuss over them because theyre so little and cute :)
Its not for everyone, but for us its a favorite activity and we go several times a week in warm weather.
 

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I love our dog parks. Sure, there have been a few scuffles, they are dogs afterall. But I stay on the small dog side. Keeping on a dog on a lead in the dog park is probably the worst thing you can do... that leash can attract other dogs specifically to your dog, tension, etc, leashes are just a terrible idea inside of an off leash dog park. Also picking a dog up when first entering the dog park is never smart either, other dogs will want to see what you've got in your hand and jump up, making your dog uncomfortable and feeling vulnerable. I've had 99% good experiences at ours and go every weekend. I would not be able to survive without ours, since I don't have a fence, and Jackson loves other canines. My friends yorkies are 4lbs and 6lbs and do wonderful at the dog park.
 

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My dislike of dog parks really has nothing to do with them being off lead, etc... it has to do with what they can pick up there. I took Yoshi and my Dane (before we got Chibi) to the beach one year and we visited a dog park with them. Both were fully vaccinated and picked up some kind of virus and it was ugly, they were both sick as can be :-( Now I also worry about taking them as when I took them just to a ball field to watch my husband play last year, Chibi picked up a leaf (all I saw him put in his mouth) and he had a horrible case of Hookworms from that. I new it was the ballpark as my little one's do not go outside unless we go somewhere and they hadnt been anywhere in a while. All my other dogs were tested and no hook worms. I also learned that the incubation period for hookworms were about every 2 to 3 weeks so although they were on heartworm meds this only kills them every month so if they hatch before then they can do some damage :-(

I only socialize mine with known dogs in less heavily dog populated areas.
 
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