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Dog park fights and owner responsibility

By jim Published: June 3, 2009

I hate dog parks. In concept, dog parks are a wonderful idea but in my experiences...

The posted rules are almost never followed or enforced. People almost never watch their dogs closely. If a dog is having behavioral problems, its owners usually have no idea.

If the problem is brought to their attention by other park patrons they get defensive about it. "My angel Fifi is not acting aggressive/possessive/territorial! How dare you?!" Too many pet owners cannot read canine body language and know nothing about canine interactions or what is behaviorally appropriate and inappropriate.

There is no structure or discipline... just a few dozen barely supervised dogs running around (and a fight just waiting to happen) while the owners chat and socialize among themselves.

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