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Old 11-02-2011, 09:48 PM   #1
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Have any of you ever had problems with specific breeds of dog being aggressive toward your dog, or have you witnessed aggressive dogs being rough with other dogs at the park? If so, what did you do? I ask because when I go to the dog park I frequently see dog owners with out of control pit bulls that act aggressively towards the other dogs. My wife was at the dog park today and she said a Pit was being aggressive with our dog and it made me angry, mainly because the owner saw fit to bring his dog to a public park knowing it would behave this way AND he didn't leash his dog after the incident. Now, let me just say that I mean no offense to any Pit Bull owners here, but in my experience, the only aggressive dogs i've seen at dog parks have been Pit Bulls. I know that had I been there I would've yelled at the guy. I don't know what other course of action one can take at a dog park other than to confront the owner before it's too late. I guess I have a hard time understanding why people do this. It's seems completely irresponsible for any dog owner to bring their dog to a public park, especially if it has aggression issues. What has been your experience? What did you do?

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Old 11-02-2011, 11:43 PM   #2
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I've seen both ends of the spectrum at my dog park... There are owners who over react to things, and then there are the owners who don't react to things they potentially should.


I saw a woman once dump hot coffee on a dog for wrestling the way dogs do.


And the same time i've seen a dog who is an owner guarder and will chase down other dogs that come in range of their owner.


In any situation that makes you uncomfortable you're better off just taking a walk or leaving for the day, be the better dog owner. If you have a dog park that requires membership get the dog's name and report the dog. I know at my dog park 3-strikes you're out.


In regards to pitties being the only aggresive dog you've seen at dog parks....

Pitties and bully breeds in general play differently than other dogs. If not taught how to play well when wrestling they can very easily look 'aggressive' They are very strong dogs, but wonderful dogs at the same time.

In my personal experience at my dog park i've seen more unsociable dogs that are all various sizes and breeds. No one breed sticks out.

Here is a great clip of bullies wrestling.
staffy (bruce) and pittbull (scooby) play fighting - YouTube

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I handle it easily enough I never go to dog parks. Then I don't have to deal with idiot owners.

in my experience, aggression can come in all breeds.
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I am not sure I agree with you... As a pitbull advocate I always tell pittie owners dont take your dog to the dog park in general, cause if something happens and the pittie DIDN'T do it, they will still get the blame for it.

In my training classes I have several dog reactive dogs, in last nights class I had three, one was a pittie mix, one was a lab mix, one was a beagle. In todays class I have one guy who don't like all other dogs, he is a westie, and he keeps attacking a rottweiler in the group. So trust me dog reactivity/aggression can come in all forms. You might have more pitties there, I don't know but its not totally down to breed. It is a lot about ownership..

My pitbull was attacked in a LEASHED dog park by a womans off leash german shepherd..
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I am not sure I agree with you... As a pitbull advocate I always tell pittie owners dont take your dog to the dog park in general, cause if something happens and the pittie DIDN'T do it, they will still get the blame for it.

In my training classes I have several dog reactive dogs, in last nights class I had three, one was a pittie mix, one was a lab mix, one was a beagle. In todays class I have one guy who don't like all other dogs, he is a westie, and he keeps attacking a rottweiler in the group. So trust me dog reactivity/aggression can come in all forms. You might have more pitties there, I don't know but its not totally down to breed. It is a lot about ownership..

My pitbull was attacked in a LEASHED dog park by a womans off leash german shepherd..
Like I said, I'm trying not to cast all pit bulls as ferocious dogs, it's just been my personal experience. Yes, there are other aggressive breeds out there but none that have ever caused me or my dog problems. I guess what i'm saying is, regardless of the breed, if an aggressive dog attacks my dog or someone else's dog, what should you do? Do you call the police? Do you get the dog owner's pet license#?

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I have to agree with agility here. I never go to dog parks either. Exactly for the same reason agility doesn't go. There are way too many irresponsible dog owners. I have seen agressive dogs in all breeds as well. Where I live, I see more agressive little dogs, than the larger breeds. Now what to do if your dog is attacked? It all depends on how far you want take it. You could talk to the owner first. You could call the police. It all depends on the situation. Is the dog owner approachable?

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There aren't any dog parks in my area, but there is an annual Paws in the Park fundraiser in the spring. My trainer has always said she doesn't like those public dog events. One of the ladies in the obedience class I go to said there was an incident at one of the last ones. A man was there with a pit bull, and it aggressively bit another dog. He quickly got back in his car with his dog and left the scene. A woman who was still there with her pit bull was nearly accosted by a mob scene. People knew that a pit bull had bit another dog,so they assumed the worst about her and her dog without knowing the facts. The woman had to sit in her car with her dog for protection, and wait to avoid being ganged up on by all these people. The animal control officer was called and at least there was one sane person in the crowd who witnessed that it was a different dog, one who's owner had already left the scene. I won't put me or my dog in those situations.

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I don't have any dog parks near me to use but I wouldn't even if there were.

Aside from the danger of ill-behaved dogs being aggressive towards my dog, I've yet to see a dog park that was clean.

I won't subject either myself or my dog to unsanitary conditions and the chance of being attacked.

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I turned my own back yard into our very own private dog park . Fence, a few agility toys, a safe haven.

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FrodoMom, me too. A six foot privacy locked fence. We have a lot of dog parks where I live. Most are very clean and well taken care of. I've seen way to much happen at these parks to ever want to go back again. Dogs fights, people yelling or not paying attention to their dogs. A week doesn't go by, that a dog has taken off at one of the parks. Now the owner has to post an add in the local paper for "lost dog." No matter how well behaved you think your dog is, there is always a chance that it will do something unpredictable. That is a chance I do not want to take.

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