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So we went to a dog park yesterday and Uli seemed to like it, though she is always happy to go back home
A few weeks ago there were news on the paper saying that small dogs wouldn't be safe in a dog park because of some potential of being attacked by larger dogs, such as it happened with little Pixie.
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/life/...463/story.html

I am still traumatized so i never let my dog out of my sight and always carry dog repellent if i have to jump and stop a bad dog.

What do you guys think? Do you take your fuzzies to a dog off leash park?

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I take Emmie to a few different off-leash dog parks 4-5 times a week. Some of the parks have a separate small-dog area whereas others do not. I always keep a close eye on her and she has fun playing with the different breeds she meets. -Jeanne-
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Only off leash in parks that have separate fenced areas for small dogs.
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I have taken mine to dog parks-I would only take them if there is a separate area for the little dogs to be in. I would Never Take mine to a park that let's big dogs & small dogs play together-mine are not fond of dog parks so we just don't go. I am also very afraid of what they can pick up disease wise at a dog park. My foster girl has a immune system that would let her catch anything "floating around" so I just let my run around in my back yard.

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Yeah, here we don't have any separation between the large breeds and small breeds, hence Pixie's tragic story. I am going away on vacation so i will make sure that the roomie taking care of her doesn't take her either.

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If they have no separate small dog area - I would NOT take her off leash no matter what!!!! And if you can't take her off leash there, maybe she would enjoy a good walk with you instead! Maybe you can find a small dog park in the next town over???

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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.


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We don't use dog parks. I am concerned about the behavior of other dogs there and the possibility of disease and fleas. Kodi gets LOTS of opportunities to socialize with dogs we know, who are well socialized and well cared for. I prefer to control the situation more than you can at a dog park.


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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.
Well said Eileen! Emmie also requires play and exercise with other dogs and since I live in the city with only a small patio and no yard, the parks are a godsend. -Jeanne-
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I think size is less important than temperment. I don't go often to the dog park but occasionally I do. I often will sit in my car for a few minutes and just observe the dogs in the park. Then i'll do the same from behind the fence. If any of the dogs seem off, then i won't go in.


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