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Author: MarcBrooks Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 122041  
Subject: Some musings from Petco and dog parks Date: 3/7/2003 11:32 AM
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Hi All -
I posted some pictures of our new GSD puppy, Frodo, awhile back. I don't have any new pics, but I do have a question. My wife and I were taking Frodo over to a local Petco last night for a new toy, and a few things struck. First, it was the first time I'd been in a Petco that seemed to actually assault my nose as we walked in. I don't know if they just didn't clean up or what, but the place really had a bad smell to it. The second thing to strike me was that they must not sweep the floor at all, given the layer of dirt and the random, small pieces of paper that seemed to litter the store. I was a bit concerned that Frodo would end up eating some trash that was lying on the floor. Needless to say, we won't be returning to that store.

Of course, that wasn't the most surprising/disturbing thing. While looking for a toy, we saw another couple with a Pit Bull puppy. Usually, we try and introduce Frodo to as many dogs as we can. We went over to this puppy, the owner seemed to not have much control over the dog. I asked how old the puppy was, and he said eight months. We chatted a bit about obedience training, and the owner of the pit said that they hadn't done anything, and that their dog really hadn't seen many other dogs. I was really mortified. (Bear in mind, my wife and I constantly worry if we are raising our puppy with the right amount of training.) He then said, that they are now trying to take their dog to local dog parks to see other dogs. I think that's great, but it made me wonder.

I guess my wife and I are just wondering aobut dog parks. Frodo loves the puppy play he has at obedience training, but there everyone has relatively well behaved dogs. Has anyone seen problems with unsocialized dogs at dog parks? I just don't know what I would do if some poorly socialized dog actually hurt my dog in one of these settings. Just wondering what folks experiences have been.

Marc
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