Rocky’s Viewpoint

Rockys Viewpoint

A blog for people who treat their dogs better than family

Dog Day Afternoon in the Dog Park

I don’t usually go to dog parks because I don’t think my dog Beau enjoys them.  But it was a nice day and thought we should go out and do a little socializing.  So off we went.

We entered the park and I’m looking around.   People talking, some in groups, some pairs, some singles and lots of dogs. I noticed that the people in groups weren’t paying much attention to their dogs – they’re busy and involved in their conversations. Dogs relaxing after playing together

There were all types of breeds, as well as personalities there – some appear to be content to walk beside their owner, others were running and playing in packs, some are just relaxing and enjoying the sun.  There appeared to be a little altercation between a couple of dogs – the conversation in one of the groups stopped and a couple of people, I assume the owners, ran toward them.  They broke it up, but I have to think that if they had been keeping a keener eye on their dog, we may have been spared that excitement. 

Just like people, I think dogs have their own little clicks.  There was a pack of dogs that you just knew were friends.  Most likely, they met regularly at the park to play.  I found it interesting when Beau went up to them they sniffed the parts that dogs sniff and then went about running and playing. He started running after them, but they ignored him and he took the hint.  I thought, poor guy, but it didn’t bother him – he wasn’t offended.  He found other butts to sniff and appeared quite content to explore the park on his own. 

Dog parks can be great for socializing and play time for our dogs.  But we need to remember that dogs are just like children – you want to keep an eye on them so they don’t get into trouble.  Some dogs love being here, others don’t, or could care less.  Know what your dog really enjoys – sometimes it’s just being with you!