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Dog parks are well maintained and provide stimulation, a new environment, and socialization for your dog, but there are dangers you may not be aware of lurking in that lush grass. You may take your dog to the vet every year for an annual check-up and keep him current with his vaccines, but you can’t guarantee everyone else does.
Every dog park I’ve been to has at least one neighborhood dog that has decided that the park is his place to be.
When people realize they have an unsocialized dog, their first reaction is to take the dog to a dog park, where their dog will be exposed to a lot of dogs and will work it out.
In California, dogs are considered property, and you, the owner, are responsible for any damage your dog may cause. Every dog park I’ve been to has rules listed to try to prevent some of the above problems that can occur.
I have witnessed 5 of these rules being ignored just sitting in the parking lot one day waiting to pick up my foster dog from the shelter next door. It's come up most recently in the story of a Slidell man who shot and killed pit bulls that attacked him and his dog.
Looking back at a smattering of New Orleans news stories involving pit bulls, you can see the battle over "bad breeds" raging full-on in most of the comment sections.
I'm an animal lover, and while I recognize that there are a lot of scum out there who abuse pitts and Rotties, and raise them up to be vicious, I don't believe there's anything inherently dangerous about the breeds, especially since puppy-mill & dog-fighting dirtbags are hardly concerned with making sure they keep breed bloodlines pure. There are vicious, dangerous dogs, just as there are vicious, dangerous people, but it's my contention that we are products of our environment more than anything else.
Below I have explained the top five reasons I have never and will never take my dogs to a dog park (and suggest you don’t either!). No vaccine is 100% effective, nor does it prevent your dog from getting distemper or rabies altogether.


You could have the best behaved, most social dog, but all it takes is an obnoxious dog with no social skills to make your dog react negatively, or that dog have a problem with yours.
With no owner present (and no way to find him), good luck collecting damages if the dog injures you or your dog.
People use the dog park as a way to exercise their dog, but don’t always interact with their dogs. This includes damage to the park itself and injuries your dog causes to a person or other dog.
No not every Terrier will exhibit dog reactivity or aggression, but it’s not a good idea to test it out in an uncontrolled setting with multiple dogs. Also be prepared for any altercation at a dog park to be your dog’s fault (whether it is or not) and not getting a fair shake in small claims court.
A few years ago, I tried to take my two dogs to a dog park and get over my anxiety about it.  I found it extremely frustrating how people would bring in tiny puppies (unvaccinated), would take dogs in and out on leashes causing aggression, and would not watch their dogs. Crack down on animal abuse, educate people about responsible pet ownership, shut down the backyard breeders, stop glamourizing companion animals as lifestyle accessories and you'll see much less abuse, neglect and viciousness-- less of it towards pitts and Rotties, and less of it from them. Then there are fleas and the myriad of parasites like roundworm, tapeworm, whipworm, hookworm, and giardia, all easily contracted through contact, feces (think picking up a ball that rolled in poop), or standing water. I have personally witnessed a happy dog chasing a ball his owner threw, only to be chased and attacked by a dog with a high prey drive that was not so keen on his enthusiasm.  Dogs can be protective of their owners and get upset when another dog approaches. Since responsible ownership is obviously not present in these cases, you face the risk of that dog not having reliable tag information, not being licensed, being in-tact, not properly socialized, and not current on vaccines. A lot of people are on their phones, are reading or playing games, and are not supervising their dog. It was an outlet for owners, most of which who have not properly trained their dogs, to bring their overly excited dogs somewhere.  I, in comparison, exercised my dogs beforehand so it would be about socialization.


Some shelters have an attached dog park and many a dumped dog has been found loose in the park the next day by park-goers and their dogs. Those knowledgeable about dog behavior can spot potential problems in advance and act to prevent them, but not if they aren’t paying attention.
The last story I heard about was a woman who sued a fellow dog park patron because his dog bumped into her, causing her to spill hot coffee all over herself.
One time my partner was dropping off foster puppies for spay and neuter appointments and she heard commotion coming from the dog park.
The last straw for me was having 3 huskies (a true pack) come up and began circling my dog.  Knowing that a pack of dogs is the most dangerous, I really thought they were going to attack him, and I realized that it just was not worth it to me. She ran over to find a woman bleeding and in need of medical care from trying to break up a dog fight. And that's when the owner jumped on top and tried to pull him off and then pulled his knife out and stabbed the dog," said Capt. The most important thing to keep in mind is that one negative interaction with another dog can turn the most balanced dog into a fearful or aggressive mess and it is rare that a dog is ever the same after a traumatic incident with another dog.
As it is generally the humans injured in dog fights, it is not only to protect your dogs but, more importantly, yourself.  It is sad to me that many people do not learn the problems of dog parks, until it is too late. She also claims the bulldog approached after she pulled Cain away and the other owner put his dog back on the ground."If you felt that your dog was in danger or you were in danger, you had everything.
You should have just walked away," she said.The owner of the bulldog told police he feared for the safety of his dog and himself.



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