One of the biggest mistakes I'm seeing in my classes and in puppy playtime: dogs making noises are not always being aggressive. A lot of dogs, especially a lot of terriers, play very loud! Learn your dogs' body language, that is going to tell you more than the noise they are making. Read books, watch videos, and most importantly, watch your own dog for other signs of aggression.
Stiff corners of the mouth
Stiff body, stiff tail
Head over other dogs' body (this is a very dominant posture)
Ears pinned back to head
Fur standing up
But ultimately, do your research, work with your own dog. Dogs will and can growl while playing or trying to play. Work with a trainer if you're unsure of your own dog.
On the other end of this, if your dog is feeling aggressive, and growling, that isn't something you want to discourage! If your dog is growling, that is their way of saying "Help! I'm uncomfortable in this situation!". If you tell them "No!" "Stop!" Etc, you aren't making them comfor...
First of all, don't be nervous. We all had a first time to visit a dog park. Duluth's dog parks have 5 foot high fences with a double gated entry. Here is a step by step for your first visit.
-Enter the first gate into a small entry area.
-Shut the gate behind you.
-Remove the leash. This is a vital step. Leashes change dogs communication and behavior. It can make dogs more protective and more aggressive with other dogs. If you have had troubles when walking your dog on a leash or when meeting another dog in a yard, the leash free and neutral dog park territory can change everything. A dog park provides a neutral territory and no leash decreases the protective behavior.
-Decide whether to go into the all dog area or the small dog area for dogs 20 pounds and under. Enter the area and shut the gate behind you.
-Watch your dog and other dogs. It can take some time to learn what is normal doggie social behavior. Dogs sniffing other d...
One of the beautiful things about the dog parks is the community that has developed through them. People meet at the dog parks and get to know one another. The Duluth Dog Parks facebook page provides a way to reach out online. Last week one of the regular Observation Dog Park users posted an urgent plea. She had to leave town for 4-6 weeks due to medical concerns and was looking for someone to foster her dog while she was away. One of the dog park users quickly responded to her plea with an offer to foster her dog. He knew his dog got along with hers through previous meetings at Observation Dog Park. Others chimed in with support and offers to help out. Two dog park users helped move her possessions from her third story room into a storage unit in Superior, WI. Another dog park user helped out by donating and delivering a tie out to the foster home when he realized he needed a second for his new guest. It was a great example of how the dog parks have been a way for peop...
Drinking water is now available at Observation Park. We are very grateful that the City of Duluth installed drinking water for all of the park patrons use. It will be greatly appreciated by those who use the field, playground, basketball court and the Observation Dog Park. The water supply is mounted on the lake side of the building. There is a silver push button and hose. When you firmly push the button, a metered amount of water comes out the hose and then shuts itself off so water is not wasted. It comes out with a very high pressure so be prepared! Thank you from all the Observation Park patrons, two legged and four legged, that will benefit from the fresh water source.
Welcome to our brand new web page. This is an exciting step that has been needed for a long time. Hopefully the detailed information on this site will make it easier for people to locate our dog parks and get other needed information about them like hours and rules. It will be a convenient link to post on the various dog park locating websites that often have incorrect maps and information in spite of trying to get them correct and accurate.
This website has been designed and created by Jamie Parent, CEO and co-operator of A Place For Fido, in the dog-friendly Fitger's mall in Duluth. Her busy work schedule and young son keeps her from going to the dog parks but she has been a big supporter none the less. A huge thank you to Jamie for creating this website.