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    Question Dog Parks in the USA

    Hi Everyone,

    I spent quite a long time in the USA over the last 2 years, and had the lovely opportunity of looking after a couple of local dogs.

    There are really no leash laws where I live, so basically my dog does what he wants off the leash.

    I noticed that in some states there are now things called dog parks, where the dogs can socialise without being trapped on the end of their owners!

    How popular are these where you are (if you're in the US). Do you think they're a good idea? Do you use them? I found the whole idea fascinating and wanted to know what you thought?

    Leeroy
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    Re: Dog Parks in the USA

    Some dog parks are one big yard, others have separate runs for small and large dogs. While there are posted rules, I have never seen anyone around to enforce them. I have used a couple, and if I feel the current dogs are being too rowdy or potentially aggressive, we leave. Mojo does get some good zoomie runs in with buddies, but he tends to fixate on a certain dog most times and starts trying to hump them. When that starts, it is once again time to go.
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    Re: Dog Parks in the USA

    I'm very fortunate. The complex I live in has its own private dog park. Max grew up in the dog park, socializing with his friends!!

    I've been to a few public dogs parks, thankfully without incident, but they do make me a little nervous. You can never be sure how well behaved a strange dog may be. Or how well taken care off. As Nancy said, while there are usually posted rules, there is no one who really enforces them. How can you be sure a dog has had all his shots and isn't sick in any way??

    And I'm still not sure what I'm going to do with Pip, even with our dog park here in the complex. He's still just 1.5 pounds and can easily be accidentally hurt in a crowd.
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    Re: Dog Parks in the USA

    In the dog parks I'd been to, there were often two sections, one for large dogs and one for small. You're right about the enforcement of rules though. I saw a few dogs get aggressive.
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    Re: Dog Parks in the USA

    No dog parks up here in Kodiak, AK that I've found but there were tons back in Florida. Tessa was never very good with the dog parks anyway. Now we just go hiking with some friends and their dogs because there are a lot of trails where they can go off leash and hike with us.

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