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    We really met our first bullie at the dog park, that is what got us interested and led me here. I guess we are lucky that our "Morning Group" all pretty much know each other and each others dogs. When Jawa (the bulldog) shows up its like Norm showing up at Cheers. Jawa runs and says hi to every dog in the park as everyone chants Jawa Jawa. Its a hoot to see him and my mastiff playing together and our rottie tries and cleans his wrinkles.
    Here is a picture of Halrey and Jawa -img-20120916-00013-jpg
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    We don't have a dog park locally and the closest one is over an hour away, so we haven't to this point. Our small town is trying to get one though and there's even some land that the city is willing to donate for it. I'd like to swing by and sit with the wife for a couple of hours if it ever happens and see how other owners are with their control. One plus is that the city is considering splitting the park in 2 sections.....1 for smaller dogs and one for larger dogs. Thankfully, the area in consideration is a couple of blocks from the downtown area where people walk their dogs religiously, so there may be some good results. Other owners and their possible lack of control/leadership is worrisome though.
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    There is only one dog park that we will take Gunny and Denali to. It is really large and spread out. Once there was a dog that was aggressive and I just went up and asked the guy to leash his dog or leave. He left. I have little patience for people that take their dogs in public knowing that they are aggressive. I don't have to worry about Gunny because Denali our boxer acts like she is indifferent to him, but if there are other people or dogs around she doesn't let him out of her sight. She will immediately put the smack down on a dog that she feels is getting too rough. (She will just step in the middle of them and 'make her presence known' - doesn't growl or get nasty).

    I have left when I felt it was to crowded, mostly because it is too chaotic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DesertBum View Post
    We really met our first bullie at the dog park, that is what got us interested and led me here. I guess we are lucky that our "Morning Group" all pretty much know each other and each others dogs. When Jawa (the bulldog) shows up its like Norm showing up at Cheers. Jawa runs and says hi to every dog in the park as everyone chants Jawa Jawa. Its a hoot to see him and my mastiff playing together and our rottie tries and cleans his wrinkles. Here is a picture of Halrey and Jawa
    That's a great way to describe it - that's how it was in puppy kindergarten. Everyone knew Herman and had to touch him and say hi. LOL That's great!!

    When I did take him that day to the dog park, there was a guy that owned 3 mastiffs (yikes!) and he told me that they would probably be very gentle with him. Mastiffs seem like such sweet dogs (although I don't know many of them). You should have video of your 3

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    Quote Originally Posted by spork3127 View Post
    We don't have a dog park locally and the closest one is over an hour away, so we haven't to this point. Our small town is trying to get one though and there's even some land that the city is willing to donate for it. I'd like to swing by and sit with the wife for a couple of hours if it ever happens and see how other owners are with their control. One plus is that the city is considering splitting the park in 2 sections.....1 for smaller dogs and one for larger dogs. Thankfully, the area in consideration is a couple of blocks from the downtown area where people walk their dogs religiously, so there may be some good results. Other owners and their possible lack of control/leadership is worrisome though.

    The one near me is split up like that - big dogs on one side, small dogs on the other. Problem is - where do the bullies go? I put Herman in the small dog side because he was small, and that's where that beast attacked him. Of course after the attack his owner told me she had to take him out of the big dog side because he was being aggressive or something. He looked like a german shepherd mix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baconator View Post
    We have a pretty big fenced in backyard if you want to get Herman and Bacon together for a play date some weekend :-) I think their are a few others in the area as well. I know there is a morristown group on meetup.com that is having a get together in October but we won't be around

    That sounds awesome!!!! Let's do it

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    Quote Originally Posted by elearn View Post
    The one near me is split up like that - big dogs on one side, small dogs on the other. Problem is - where do the bullies go? I put Herman in the small dog side because he was small, and that's where that beast attacked him. Of course after the attack his owner told me she had to take him out of the big dog side because he was being aggressive or something. He looked like a german shepherd mix.
    Our park is seperated between big & small dogs as well. Jawa has always come to the big dog side. We actually have quite a few small dogs that come to the big dog side because there are a few ankle biters over there that don't get along with others. I don't take my dogs in the afternoon because I have heard the park is quite a bit different. Because of the size of my dogs people did get nervous, especially when Harley starts to bark and play, but the only things they do is get the other dogs wet with nice doggie slobber.
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    I've never been much of a dog park person so mine and my other guys that passed have never been.
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    We started taking eleanor when she was about 3 months old. The dog park by us as a side for small dog and a separate side for big dogs. The dogs and the people on the small side are all well behaved and trained. Their parents are really good as well and they make a good crowd. Eleanor loves going there and playing with other dogs. A few of the dogs weren't as active as she was and they let her know when they were tired of her. She learned the pecking order of the park eventually and settled in pretty good. She's very well socialized and everyone loves her. The small side has a weight restriction (30 lbs) but the people there say she can stay on the small side as long as she wants.

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    I took Hank to the dog park once so far. He's a little over 2 and it was his first time with that many dogs, besides our other dog (frenchie). He did well but seemed like a shy little toddler and stayed close to me most of the time. Pretty cute. His frenchie brother, on the other hand, has a Napoleon complex and annoyed the crap outta everyone else. I won't be taking him anymore but Hank will probably do great.

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    i used to , but lost my patience with the 'owners' that did not watch or correct thier dog and thought it was their chance for someone else to watch their misbehaving dog. Just got too stressful and Banks does not do well with high energy / unbalanced dogs.... she does well at dog-daycare, but not public dog parks
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    We never take Bo to the dog park. People around here use their dogs as accessories and never really pay attention to what they are doing. I went once to check it out by myself, and I ended up getting in the middle of two labs chewing on 1yr boy ebd, his poor lil squishy rolls were bleeding, he jumped right into my arms and I carried him around trying to find his owner... she was out jogging on the running track (don't get me started). It really troubles me to think about what would have happened to that poor boy if I hadn't been there since no one else was doing anything!!!! I would loose it if something bad happened to my Bo, he's a full fledged member of our family, so we just don't go at all. He would love it bc he's such a playbaby, but I can't take the chance. I want to start my own ebd park!!! Only ebd allowed, lol! Bo gets regular play dates with our other ebd friends, that counts right?
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