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First Dog Park Experience

So we found a dog park pretty close to our place, about 10 minutes away. We took Roscoe yesterday for the first time and it was a lot of fun, until he was attacked by a really mean cocker spaniel!

It was easily the scariest thing that has ever happened to me when it comes to my dogs, I have never had a "bullying incident" with my dogs ever in my life! The cocker's owner was throwing a ball for her, Roscoe and some other dogs ran after it, and the cocker just took Roscoe down! At first it looks like they were just playing but then Roscoe started to scream bloody murder, I sprinted over and he was so scared he even tried to run from me at first. Poor baby! I scooped him up and cuddled him until he relaxed, he wasn't shaking though so that's good.

Anyway, the cocker's owner came over to me and asked if Roscoe was OK, which physically he was. But then she goes on to say, "she [the cocker] just doesn't like puppies." WHAAAAAAAT? So why in the hell would you bring your dog to a DOG PARK where there are bound to be puppies if your dog is not friendly? I don't get it. If your kid went and beat up another kid in the playground, would you justify it by saying "oh my son just doesn't like toddlers."

I told her that it was probably her fault for not training her dog and that she should leave. She didn't leash up the dog right away but after about 2 minutes of everyone in the park staring her down and picking up their dogs anytime the cocker came near, she finally leashed up her dog and left. After, the other owners in the park told me that the cocker had bullied three other dogs before we got there but that their owners had just taken the pups and left.

In conclusion - what the hell is wrong with people?! Train your dogs, dammit.

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Oh dear. Poor Roscoe! It is very scary when our dogs get into a real fight. The "screaming" is primal and it can make the hairs on your arms stand on end! It's especially scary when it happens with a strange dog. You did the right thing, Natalie. I mean, sometimes it's not really any dog's fault, but if you already have a dog that tends to do this, then it's definitely the owner's fault for not correcting this behavior before she goes back to the park.

Hope Roscoe goes back again and has a great time. It would be a shame if he got scared of other dogs because of this.




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So sorry that you had such a bad dog park experience your first go! That woman should not have taken her dog there especially since the dog doesn't like puppies. There are supposed to be rules at most dog parks and one of the rules is that if your dog is abusive, you have to leave.
I am surprised no one else stood up for the other puppy owners before you confronted her.
I hope Roscoe is recovering from his scare.
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Sorry for your rough experience . Dog parks can be dangerous. I don't like to be negative about them because they can be great. You have to be vigilant , and even then ,things happen very quickly. One of the rules should be ,no food or toys allowed. Most good parks don't allow these. Don't be discouraged by one dog. I myself wouldn't take a young pup to one. Not all adult or adolescent dogs respect Puppy Liscense.

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So we found a dog park pretty close to our place, about 10 minutes away. We took Roscoe yesterday for the first time and it was a lot of fun, until he was attacked by a really mean cocker spaniel!

It was easily the scariest thing that has ever happened to me when it comes to my dogs, I have never had a "bullying incident" with my dogs ever in my life! The cocker's owner was throwing a ball for her, Roscoe and some other dogs ran after it, and the cocker just took Roscoe down! At first it looks like they were just playing but then Roscoe started to scream bloody murder, I sprinted over and he was so scared he even tried to run from me at first. Poor baby! I scooped him up and cuddled him until he relaxed, he wasn't shaking though so that's good.

Anyway, the cocker's owner came over to me and asked if Roscoe was OK, which physically he was. But then she goes on to say, "she [the cocker] just doesn't like puppies." WHAAAAAAAT? So why in the hell would you bring your dog to a DOG PARK where there are bound to be puppies if your dog is not friendly? I don't get it. If your kid went and beat up another kid in the playground, would you justify it by saying "oh my son just doesn't like toddlers."

I told her that it was probably her fault for not training her dog and that she should leave. She didn't leash up the dog right away but after about 2 minutes of everyone in the park staring her down and picking up their dogs anytime the cocker came near, she finally leashed up her dog and left. After, the other owners in the park told me that the cocker had bullied three other dogs before we got there but that their owners had just taken the pups and left.

In conclusion - what the hell is wrong with people?! Train your dogs, dammit.

I agree!
We quit going to one near our house because of one "big" bully dog!
Thankfully one of the local "consumer reporters" did a story on that park---
guess whose dog ( and owner) were the "stars" of how NOT to behave at a dog park.
PS-the bully is a poodle

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Riki had the same experience

Since our dogs aren't aggressive, I think they are shocked when one is. Riki ran over to a cocker when he was young that was playing with a toy (you aren't supposed to bring in toys or food because of these kinds of situations). The cocker pinned him down and Riki was screaming that high pitched yelp that only they seem to do. The owner had a broken leg and couldn't get there fast.

I pulled the cockers back legs so he let go but he could have bitten me or killed my dog. Riki was terrified of dogs for a while, and still gets ansy if anyone approaches him from behind.

We just don't go anymore unless we go at non-peak times where it is just us or a couple of other dogs.

We have had big puppies and older dogs who are allowed in. So it is hard on a non-aggressive dog...lots of terriers who play rough, some owners who are oblivious, and some dogs just shouldn't be there as they aren't trained.

We look forward to any time we are invited to a friends house who has a nice dog and a big yard. Otherwise it is long walks for us...

I'm sorry to hear of your experience. It is very frustrating...

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i have seen cockers with not so nice temperments.
most trainers hate dog parks but j.j. loves it.
from experience i have by dog park guidelines.
if there are too many dogs, i pass.
i only go to small dog parks.
if i dog is acting fearful, i leave.
i never let j.j. drink from the community dog bowl.
if a dog growls or nips at me i leave.
(this happened last time and it was a chihuahua)
if a dog relentlessly keeps humping j.j., i leave..
just a few...
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Well, we went back again today and Roscoe had a grand time! The meanie cocker wasn't there (thank goodness!), and he met another little Neezer that is a month younger than him. He played nice with all the other doggies and all was great

I forgot to mention that yesterday he met two other Neezers, at TT, and a "mutt mix that showed up on our front door" that I think was a TT x Shih Tzu. Anyway, it wasn't ALL bad, I was more choked about the owner's attitude about her aggressive dog than anything else.

We'll definitely keep going back, Tim and I just make sure that we walk around and observe the dogs before we let Roscoe go in so we know if there are any that we should worry about playing rough And it's a park specifically for dogs under 25 lbs, so I don't have to worry about any big dogs, either.

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I hear you JJ's mom. The biggest rule I think, is ,don't take you dog to a dog park if he or she is on the fearful side. It might only make them more fearful, and it can cause them to be targeted.

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i have seen the fearful dogs in the dog parks lash out at the other dogs when
they come to say "hello"....
tail between the legs and keeping close to the owner..
the owner is trying to socialize their dog in a dog park instead of
working with a trainer.
time to go home...
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