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    DefaultHow much dog park is too much?

    This week I was already two times. I am thinking of going again. To me, walking is kind of boring compared to the dog park. I try to go to the dog park often now, since I have enough time for that.

    But, how much is it too much?
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    It only becomes too much if you have a bad experience.

    Personally, I'm not a huge fan of dog parks, and it could be the more often you go the more you up your chances of having a bad experience. But there are tons of folks who love it and have had nothing but good experiences.

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    As long as Smiley is enjoying the dog park let him go.
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    No two dog parks are alike. If you found a good one with good people and nice pups, then you are golden. You could go a couple of times a day if it suits your fancy.


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    There is no guidance manual on this, Chris. You must remember that all these activities should be pleasurable for BOTH of you.
    As time goes by, you and Smiley will discover what is right for both of you. And don't forget that just hanging out at home is okay! If that is what YOU need that day/night, just invite Smiley to chill with you.

    Put some soothing music on... sing along (or hum the melody). Talk to him. "Now, Smiley, we place the roast in the oven. Shall we check the temperature of the oven first?" He doesn't care WHAT words you say to him, as long as he hears you voice. Your voice directing the ambiance of your home for that day.

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    totally depends on the dog. I know people who have young dogs and are there for over an hour each and every day. But Smiley is not a young pup so monitor how he is liking it. He may find some of hte other dogs annoying at times so you are in charge of moving away (dependign how big the park is), re-direct Smiley and even leaving if need be.
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    Well, he likes the dog park. He loves when new dogs come or "old" dogs leave. But inbetween he plays sometimes, but then he is just superattached to me and won't leave me.

    He has fun though and our walks are better now since it is not that "new" to see other dogs anymore. Overall, he likes the dog park and it helps him. Additionally, his paws are finally healing! He is running around in the dog park and jumps around. However, since he is an older dog, he gets tired more faster than the other dogs. I think that is why he is just resting by my side (beside that he really loves me haha).
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    Quote Originally Posted by labchris View Post
    Additionally, his paws are finally healing!
    Oh! I think I may have missed something. What happened to his paws?
    And yes, he does love you.

    Seamus and Flynn

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    I'm so glad you guys found each other! Take him as long as it's fun for both of you.

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    As long as Smiley (and you) enjoy the dog park and it isn't stressful for either of you, I think you can go as much as you like. As mentioned by Tanya, Smiley is an older dog, so keep an eye on him to be sure he doesn't get irritated by younger pups (it may never happen but some older dogs don't care for the boisterous younger pups). Glad to hear his pads are healing up.

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