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Old 03-23-2006, 12:26 PM   #1
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Default Dog parks and kids. What do you think?

I regularly visit the dog park. It has been a lifesaver as far as mellowing my very active dog out. I have also met some friends there so we now go not just for my dog.

My problem is that some people insist on bringing their young kids with them. Many of the kids are "untrained" as to how to behave in a dog park. I always leave because the kids are always running after the dogs. Now, I don't blame the kids for this behavior, I blame their parents. I just think that kids need to be taught "dog manners" just as they are taught everything else. First off, the dog park just is not the place for young children. No joke, the other week, a young parent brought in their kid who was less than 2 and let him run after the dogs. NOT SAFE!!

You can't chase my dog with a large stick (which has happened) or run up to her making loud noises and not expect her to be scared. I think that the unfortunate thing is that if a child should get bit (teagan hasnt bitten anyone) the dog would be blamed and possibly put down and it would totally not be the dogs fault.

Now when someone brings a child in and the child stands besides the parents and my dog is simply scared, unprovoked by the kid, I understand that that is totally my responsibility to take the dog elsewhere.

sorry! just blowing off some steam. It's just one of my big pet peeves.
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Old 03-23-2006, 12:57 PM   #2
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I can only agree and sympathise - although we don't have specific 'dog parks' over here (and why not I would like to know - sounds like a fab idea!)

I either get kids being dragged off by their parents with "Don't stroke that dog, he'll bite" (my rottie) or the opposite - there's a strange dog, lets go and jump all over him!

I have no shame in shouting either at the parents or the kids. Let them think she may bite - at least then they'll stay away...

I did find a kids quiz on the UK Kennel Club sight - I appreciate you can't make the kids in the park do it, but with you being a teacher maybe you could start a new trend of how to treat a dog classes! LOL Only joking - I'm sure you have too much to do already. But I made my kids do it. My son had a close shave when he went to stroke a GS that wasn't socialised at all. (why it was in a public place I'll never know...) but he appreciates that it was his fault that the dog nearly bit him - he now has a LOT more respect.

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Old 03-23-2006, 01:06 PM   #3
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the dog quiz thing is a great idea! I did a quick search of the site, and couldnt' find it, though. I would love to look at it. do you have a link? I'm just glad that I'm not the only person who feels this way about dog parks and the like.
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I can only agree and sympathise - although we don't have specific 'dog parks' over here (and why not I would like to know - sounds like a fab idea!)
i agree, sounds excellent.

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We are trying to get a dog park in south bend indiana and this is one of the issues that we have to address. Most dog parks in indiana and michigan do not allow kids under the age of 12. This is because of the lack of parents controlling their kids and kids running around can cause the dogs to get aggressive. I would approach the parents and point out the issue to them in a nice way, or approch the parks officials and let them know that this has become an issue. If you are bothered by it, chances are so are more people.

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I agree with everyone - just as it is our responsibility to control our dogs in the parks, it is the responsibility of parents to control their kids. Dog parks do not work if people do not take responsibility of their own. Fortunately, most people who frequent dog parks do a reasonable job, making them a great place for everyone.

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I like the idea of not allowing kids under 12 into the park. I will suggest that to the park officials. I know a lot of my friends are bothered by this as well. Thanks for the great suggestions!
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Good idea. I am 11, and I don't go up to strange dogs without asking the owners first.

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That's good to hear, someone taught you well! I'll bet you don't chase them with sticks, either . Don't get me wrong, I do not mind well behaved kids at the park. (I also like kids, i am a 3rd grade teacher.)

Actually, I think my dog had a breakthrough today. I went to the park and there was an around 7 year old child there not being watched by her grandmother. At first I was like "Oh, no", but I tried not to relay that to my dog. The girl didn't seem to be disrupting any of the dogs. I let my dog off the leash, as always and let her play. She was actually FINE!!

Teagan was very curious about the little girl (of course, the only dog paying any mind to the kid). The girl totally ignored her, which was perfect. She was putting leaves and grass in a hole and mixing it around with a stick.

When she put it down, teagan gingerly walked up and stole the stick away- which the girl ignored. The girl continued to put stuff in the hole she had dug. When she walked away from it, Teagan walked up to the hole and pawed at its contents.

Then, teagan followed her around the park as the girl collected her stuff and continued to ignore her.

I was SO proud of her (my dog). This incident taught me a very important lesson. Teagan isn't afraid of all children. This girl was totally non-threatening to her (didn't try to pet her, didn't engage her in any way) and Teagan was perfectly fine. She only reacts when the children are unpredictable. (something that i wasn't too sure of).

I did contact the park people and they said that we needed to "self-police" ourselves, meaning talk to any offenders of the child rule. My friends and I also thought that it would be a good idea to post a clear sign by the entrance informing people of the rule and that perhaps the dog park is not the best place for their young children.

I know, it's a long post, but I was very happy with my dog today!
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Here in Arizona a lot of the dog parks have an age limit on them. Which is a great idea in my opinion. The dogs owner is NOT responsible if little kids get knocked down or pounced on by dogs. Its a dog park for petes sake, they need to take their kids to the playground not the dogpark. But from the parks that I have been to before with an age limit, there isn't any problems.

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