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Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Discussions / Re: Dog Parks - Good or Bad?
« on: June 03, 2005, 10:13:07 am »
I have only good experiences to share about our dogparks in Alexandria, VA. (there are several)  I know Alexandria is a very dog-friendly town, and I'm sure that has much to do with it.  Visitors to the park are very good about cleaning up after dogs, so the park is always clean.  I've been going weekly for the past year, and have't witnessed a fight yet.  (people or dogs!)  There hasn't been any trouble between small dog owners and large dog owners, either.  The parks seem to be much more popular for people with larger breeds, anyway.  My GSMD Jaakko loves going to the park!  He knows exactly where we're going and is yipping and hopping all over the back of the Yukon all the way there! 
I've been taking him since he was about 6 months old, and it has helped a great deal in socializing him.  He was shy the first couple of visits, (stood between my legs much of the time) but has since become very outgoing.
I guess we're lucky here, because we haven't experienced any of the negative things experienced by others who've replied.

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