Why Dog Parks Are Bad

In a perfect world dog parks are great. The world is not perfect and neither are dog parks. For the following reason I think people should stay away from them at all costs:

  • Dog parks are a cesspool of diseases. Lots of dogs don’t have the correct vaccinations, since owners don’t care enough. Some dogs are not even on flea medications. Since owners rarely pick up their dogs waste the door park is literally a minefield of dog poop with all sorts of diseases coming with it.

  • Dog parks are dangerous because you never know what kind of dogs come there. You may have the friendliest dog in the world, but that doesn’t matter if someone’s untrained 100 pound Fido decides that your dog looked wrong on him. While you are trying to save your dog, a lot of owner will just stand around yelling that Fido is just playing around. This is especially dangerous for young puppies.

  • Dog parks are dangerous because majority of owners would rather sit on small islands of grass and chit-chat instead of watching their dogs.

  • Dog parks are dangerous because a lot of parents think it’s a good place to let their children play and bring very young children to park. Imagine the danger when a 5 year old child picks a stick and starts chasing dogs.

  • Dog parks are dangerous because people don’t follow rules about sizes. You often find more small dogs on big side of the park then big dogs. A small dog can be literally stomped to death in a dog park.

  • Dog parks often bring dogs that usually set in home for whole day either locked in a crate or backyard. On weekends you can see crowed who only let their dogs run around on weekends in a dog park. Imagine the dog’s behavior in a dog park after it has been locked away for a week.

Given the above dangers, I recommend not to go inside the dog park to train your dog or puppy. With impressionable and vulnerable puppies, taking them to Dog Park is like playing Russian roulette.

If you do want to go to dog parks, try to pick time in a day when there are not a lot of dogs and you know the dogs. With trained dogs and responsible owners dog parks can be great fun for any dog, but sadly in most cases they are not.

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About Ask Marion

I am a babyboomer and empty nester who savors every moment of my past and believes that it is the responsibility of each of us in my generation and Americans in general to make sure that America is as good or even a better place for future generations as it was for us. So far... we haven't done very well!! Favorite Quotes: "The first 50 years are to build and acquire; the second 50 are to leave your legacy"; "Do something that scares you every day!"; "The journey in between what you once were and who you are becoming is where the dance of life really takes place".
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