Dog Obedience Classes

How To Create A Dog Park For Your Community: What If?

In our last post  on “How To Create A Dog Park For Your Community”, we left off with the question of what was taught to the puppies and adult dogs to prepare them for the Frostburg Dog Park environment.

The structure of Puppy Socialization Classes and Adult Obedience Classes was certainly an excellent place to start. However, there are aspects in a dog park environment that are not encountered in the family home, around the neighborhood, or in the show ring.

What If?

Pet parents had to learn how to recognize the potential of the various types of confrontations possible at the dog park and how to avoid them. The potential confrontations included these scenarios:

  • Humans and dogs
  • Two or more dogs
  • Dog owners
  • Dog owners and other park patrons
  • Dog owners and police or animal control officers

As Ellen and Amelia taught the classes, they had open discussions about what to do if a vicious or aggressive dog approached them while at the dog park. Pet parents may observe an area where the dogs are playing nicely with each other but when they enter the area their dog is suddenly singled out. Perhaps that group of dogs is with one person and that person cannot control all of them at once. Not all dog owners are responsible enough to train their dogs to be under voice control.

Considering that vicious and aggressive dogs could disrupt the smooth operation of the Frostburg Dog Park also helped us define guidelines for using the park safely and for incorporating a fenced safety zone within the public areas.

Pet parents think that their own dog is perfect. Amelia loves me and has socialized me well. She knows that I avoid dogs that are bullies rather than get combative with them and I am a love bug with people.

But then what every pet parent fears happened…

Amelia’s resolve to continue raising funds for the dog park was made stronger when I was attacked in my own neighborhood while walking on a leash. Two dogs ran through their electric fence and tagged-teamed me. All Amelia could do was protect my head and neck. The results of their attack were not pretty. Even though a lot of traffic was on the road, not one person stopped to help. Worse yet, the owners were not even home…

This dog attack was due to the total irresponsibility of the owners in the neighborhood and the fact that the lead attacker was not only untrained but a mother dog who recently had pups and had been “rescued” from another private owner.  

These factors that Amelia  and I faced were far worse than what any pet parent with a well-socialized and obedient pet would have to deal with inside a properly designed dog park with other responsible pet parents and socialized pets.

It became apparent to Amelia that having a safe place for pet parents to play with their dogs was as essential as having well-behaved dogs and educated pet parents.

In the next chapter of “How to Create a Dog Park For Your Community”, we will discuss Conflict Triggers.  Remember to Like the Frostburg Dog Park page and Subscribe to YourPetsView so that we can continue the conversation with you.

Living in the moment,

Schatzi

Pet Companion to animal lover Amelia

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