Today's topic was sparked by a post in one of the breed specific Facebook groups; someone asked good ways to socialize their new puppy, and the resounding answer was "take 'em to the dog park!". I cringed and kept scrolling.
Now don't get me wrong: there are some dog parks that are just lovely, and some well trained, well adjusted, well managed dogs that truly do enjoy the experience. However, I don't believe it's a good place to take a puppy. Aside form the obvious issue of diseases and parasites to such a young immune system, it's too easy for an accident to happen and your puppy to be negatively impacted for life.
Dog parks are a hot topic, and I'm firmly on the against side for my own dogs. I don't care what you do with your own dogs, so long as you weigh the pros and cons and make an educated decision.
Here are 5 of my many, many reasons why my dogs never go to dog parks.
5. Other Owners
This could be a whole separate post on people you'll find in a dog park, but other people are one of the biggest reasons I don't take my dogs to dog park. Between the oblivious owners, the way too overprotective owners, the way too underprotective owners, the asshole owners, the trashy owners, the useless owners, and all the other douchecanoes, I choose to steer clear. Very, very clear.
Also, I hate people.
|"Mom does not play well with others. At all. Much like most dog park dogs!"|
4. Untrained Dogs Unite!
People love to bring dogs that do not listen and have 0 manners to the dog park. One dog's over there humping another while a different dog runs pellmell away from its owner, one dog is jumping on everyone that enters and another is peeing in the water bowl.
3. My Dog is an Asshole
I love Pike, but he's an ass. He's weird, he's anxious, and he's dog selective. Not a good dog park candidate, though he'd be in good company with his fell Assholians.
2. My Dogs Are Small
I treat my small dogs like the real dogs they are, but I still know that they are at a much greater risk for injury than their larger counterparts. A moderate injury on a large dog could be fatal on my littles. It's not worth the risk, especially when I don't know and have no control over the larger dogs.
1. My Dog is
Not Small Large Giant
Layla is still a baby, but even as an adult she will never go to a dog park. She is a giant dog, and she is a very dark brindle. Even if she wasn't involved in a scuffle, she'd be blamed simply for her size and looks. Mastiffs have the same fears and stigmas that Pit Bulls, German Shepherds, and Rottweilers face, and it's sad and unfair...but true.
So there you have it! Those are 5 of my biggest reasons for avoiding dog parks. How do you feel on the topic?
- Dachshund Mommy