05-02-2014, 12:35 AM
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Bend, OR
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Originally Posted by NannerPudding
I would not go quite that far, Savage, as I have had wonderful experiences at my local dog park but I respect why you believe that. HOWEVER, that article does raise a really important point. You have to be very alert and ready to leave when *any* signs of unhappiness or potentially dangerous play occurs. Take no chances. Scope out the park before actually taking the dog there to get a feel for it. I feel very comfortable making the distinction between good and bad play, but not everyone is. I have seen plenty of bully breeds do well and plenty of non-bullies do badly. My local dog park is also unusual in that the vast majority of those who go have dogs suited to being there.
Be cautious and know your dog. Ezra is extremely laid back, is very tolerant of boisterous behavior, and loves the dog park. He plays boisterously, but he plays well with others (his play with other dogs looks exactly like video #1). Your dog may not be this way with other dogs, and the dog park is not where you want to find this out. Since you don't have one, Darkiss, it is sort of a moot point anyways. What you are doing sounds like a very good plan for socialization.
Pit Bulls and other bully breeds are known for their tendencies towards dog aggression so no, they are most definitely not appropriate to take to dog parks.