Join Date: May 2012
Location: Seattle, WA
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I take Benjamin to different dog parks around here, and judge it by what is happening at the time. Often there will only be a few dogs present, and if they are bigger but friendly and mellow it is fine. He loves to run with the big dogs! Sometimes I will take him to a park with a small dog area but if no small dogs are there we'll check out the main area. Any time there are dogs, of any size, that seem aggressive, untrained, whatever, we just leave. I pay close attention to Benjamin's signals, as he will let me know if he doesn't feel comfortable. Actually, the only time I've ever been bitten -- "nipped", according to the owner, was by a little scrawny white dog of indeterminable breed. I've thought long and hard about the dog park issue, having to balance out Benjamin's very high social needs with whatever risk might be present. I just figure that I know he would suffer if he didn't get enough play and exercise, as opposed to the idea that he might get sick or have a bad experience. That having been said -- we don't go as much as we used to, as he now has more opportunities to play with known dogs, but that's not always possible.
Eileen and Benjamin