I think I’m part kangaroo!!!
Ok this is why I want snow! Unfortunately, unless some freak storm or something we won’t be getting any down here in South Florida.
Plus doesn’t she just look adorable in the snow !
It always amazes me how many people being dogs to the dog park that don’t like to play with other dogs… like why are you bringing your little Chihuahua that growls and tries to bite at any dog that comes near it to play and then that makes my dog the bad guy for wanting to…
1. Maybe they’re trying to socialize their dogs. Not all dogs get the chance to socialize properly with other dogs, and their owners may be trying to correct that. It’s not going to go smoothly at first, and there’s going to be some barking, snarling, and snapping. Try talking to the owner, and find out what the issue is. It also helps if you’re not judgmental about it. Snottily demanding, “What’s wrong with YOUR dog!?!?!?” isn’t helpful. Keep your dog a safe distance from the aggressive dog, and politely talk to the owner. You may find their dog is a rescue/was poorly socialized/was abused, and is trying to figure out how to be a dog, and just needs a little patience.
2. Even if the dog doesn’t like your dog, it still needs time outside, and will still benefit from some off-leash time. The dog park is still the safest place for the owner to do this. It’s everyone’s park, so learn to share. I’m sure there’s plenty of space for you and your dog to play, without having to interact with the offending dog.
Whilst I agree it’s always good to try and work on bad behaviours, taking an aggressive dog to a dog park is not only dangerous for other dogs, but it can be very stressful for the aggressor. There’s always reasons dogs are aggressive, and they usually stem from fear or uncertainty. Dog parks and aggressive dogs are the perfect way for animals to get hurt. If the owner can manage their dogs aggressive behaviour, and can control and understand their dog, go take your dog around others, but if they can’t, it’s not worth putting your dog and every one else’s at risk. There are ways aggressive dogs can be managed in order to prevent fights and accidents, but from the original post, it sounds like the poster is complaining about owners who don’t manage their dogs correctly.
Or if your dog is small and afraid of large dogs and there is a small dog side use it. I’ve had people yell at me because there little dog is afraid of my two dogs even when they are ignoring it.
It really is about knowing your dog, dogs that need socialization should be introduced to one dog at a time till they are better around other dogs.
I always keep my eye on benji
Even if he was on the small dog side
I know when he’s scare or when he is playing
But it is true though
Not all small dogs get along with big dogs
I’ve seen it when people try to bring their tiny chihuahua and they start yapping, but benji actually plays pretty well with all dogs.