A death trap pained with rose coloured glasses
You know it's really funny how many people try and sell themselves as great homes by
For me that is a HUGE red flag as to why you should not own one of my dogs.
Yup you heard that right, I HATE dog parks and if I can't convince you of how horrible and
dangerous they are for my puppies, then you may not be approved to own one of my
dogs. So sit down and prepare to be educated.
The first thing I want you to realise is that the only dog at the dog park that you might have
any control over is your own dog. Period. You DO NOT have any control over any of the
other dogs or their owners. You DO NOT know their temperament. You don't know if they
are friendly. You don't know if they dislike a certain gender, some dogs only like dogs of
certain genders, so right off the bat your taking a 50/50 chance that if there is a dog at
the park that is gender prejudice, your dog may be a target.
You do not know if any of the dog at the park have prey drive. Your little 8 week old puppy
may look a lot like a rabbit bouncing around at a distance.
You don't know if any of the dogs at the park have a dislike for puppies.
You do not know if any of the owners have any control over their own dogs.
Face it, go to a few dog parks and just sit and observe. You will see a lot of people enter
the park, take their dog off leash and they go sit and have coffee and maybe talk to other
owners and totally ignore their dogs. If they are not watching their dog, how can they see
if it's going to cause a problem with your dog?
If they do communicate with their dogs take note of how many dogs do not readily
respond. If the owner can't get the dog to come and sit in a calm friendly situation, do you
think they will have any control over their dog if it's in the middle of a chase or a fight? I
guarantee they won't.
Next look at the size of your puppy or other peoples puppies (or small dogs) and then
look at the size difference of the big dogs. What do you suppose will happen if a big dog
like a lab or German shepherd decides to take a chunk out of something the size of a
chihuahua? Guess who's going to loose? The puppy or small dog.
Next think about how often we tell you that the puppy needs to be socialized and needs to
have good positive experiences. If he goes to a dog park and gets mauled do you think
he's going to be the same dog. No way! Aussies are a very sensitive breed and if they
get attacked, specially as a puppy, you have altered their personality for ever. You have
created a dog who sees other dogs as a threat, your dog will become the bully, he will
become the dog who thinks it's better to attack first before the other dog comes at him.
Not only that but think physical damage. If the dog survives the attack he will likely have
damage. Broken bones, torn muscles, torn ligaments, puncture wounds. You can be
looking at anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars in damage and unless you are
a lawyer who catches the attack on camera, chances are the offending dog and his
owner will not even have to cough up a penny to help.
There are so many other ways to exercise your dog safely, you never have to go to a dog
If you do not believe me, join my facebook page and ask those owners what they think
about dog parks. We have many people who ignored my advice and have paid the price,
you don't have to take my word for it, but please take theirs!