Comments on Nashville Dog Parks Bans Unleashed Pit Bulls

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Doug   Nashville, Tennessee

2/10/2013 11:29:49 AM

We took out pit mix puppy to the east Nashville dog park shortly after getting her. She lives to play with other dogs! We were not aware of the ban until later. Once we entered the park and turned her loose, a doberman and german shepherd promptly attacked her, as she rolled over in submission. Where the owners were, we had no idea. My wife and I came to our pup's rescue, and my wife obtained a bite on the hand from the shepherd while trying to grab our dog. (Fortunately, the skin was not broken, but she obtained a bruise and swelling). This just demonstrates irresponsible dog owners are the issue, not particular breeds. We vowed never to go back to a dog park again. We pay to take our dog to a doggie daycare 2 days a week so she can play and be part of a pack. She passed the temperment tests with flying colors, and has been going there for lamost one year, with no issues of any kind. Doggie daycares test dogs before accepting them, so undisciplined, aggressive breeds of all kinds are not accepted. Yes, it costs money, but at least we know she's safe.

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Jenn   Paduach, KY

5/6/2009 1:06:31 PM

We live in Ky but frequently drive through Nashville, we were hoping to be able to get out pit/ lab mix and our Great Dane some good off leash socialization and fun on our next trip through as we do not have a dog park here. My heart sank when i read that rule. My dog is the most submissive animal i have ever met, a Chihuahua bullied him through his puppy class. I wish they would base these choices on the etiquette and personality of the dog, and not what breed they may be.

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Denise   Nashville, TN

4/28/2009 6:32:53 PM

WELL...


I was just at Centennial dog park today with my 5 month old little dog. Me & my girlfriend had just arrived. The last time we were there bigger dogs were being really aggressive towards him so I had reservations of letting him off the leash. So... this time we weren't there for more than 2 minutes when we spotted a pit bull. So... thinking that maybe this was one of the nicer ones we let our guard down. & within that 2 minutes that pit bull had run over our dog & made him holler & cry. Just basically bullied him into the ground. So... I grabbed the leash & leashed my dog & started out of the park with him. WHEN... the pit bull ran up & over him again. So,,, I got mad & kicked dirt at the pb & told him NO... GET OUT OF HERE!!! & the owner was now coming down the hill telling me to not KICK AT HER DOG. Which I replied... I WASN'T KICKING YOUR DOG. Your dog was being very aggressive towards my dog & as a matter a fact. That... if you would have read the sign it says that PIT BULLS OR DOGS RESEMBLING PIT BULLS ARE P_R_O_H_I_B_I_T_E_D. Which she replied... THAT"S NOT TRUE... THEY ARE ALLOWED... YOU NEED TO READ THE SIGN!!! I replied... COME DOWN HERE & I'LL SHOW YOU ON THE SIGN WHERE IT SAYS THEY ARE
PROHIBITED!!!

Needless to say that another dog park patron spoke up & said that they are indeed not allowed. So... she went directly to her car & jetted out of there before the park police showed up (which I had called).


MORALE OF THE STORY IS: KEEP YOUR PROHIBITED BULLY DOGS OUT OF THE DOG PARK!!!!

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meredith   nashville, TN

2/7/2008 5:08:47 PM

There is a pitbull/mix dog that lives next door to us. They do not have a fenced in yard and would benefit GREATLY from being allowed to run in a dog park. She is the sweetest dog I know and needs the excercise. It sucks that I cannot invite my neighbor along with my dog to the dog park when her dog is more well behaved than mine and mine is not a pit. I think dog parks should have rules of ediquette and that's it. A nasty any breed should just stay home.

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Barbara   Riverside, CA

10/20/2007 4:29:59 PM

When will people realze that pit bulls are not the only problem among the canine world. Much of a dogs temperment is due to the training and home life of the animal. I get really tired of people who let their children torment animals until the poor animal is pushed to the limit and does get agressive. Look at the cause for most attacks and you will see it could have been foreseen due to circumstances.

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Barbara   Riverside, CA

10/20/2007 4:29:53 PM

When will people realze that pit bulls are not the only problem among the canine world. Much of a dogs temperment is due to the training and home life of the animal. I get really tired of people who let their children torment animals until the poor animal is pushed to the limit and does get agressive. Look at the cause for most attacks and you will see it could have been foreseen due to circumstances.

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robert   phoenix, AZ

8/12/2007 7:51:30 AM

Targeting breeds alone is not the answer to the problem of irresponsable dog owners. There is a better way. If we were to grade breeds as their potential to harm others and then make the owners fully responsible for their actions and fine them accordingly, we will have a much more workable solution to the problem.For example: A Pit Bull bites a person. The owner of the dog is fined according to the rating which could read as
follows:
Pit Bull Dog bite = Base fine $50.00 times breed rating (PB=20)=
$1,000.00.
Chiuaua = $50.00 X 1 =
$50.00
This will also have a significant impact on the breeding of potentially harmful dog breeds. Simply put, many people just won't buy puppies of those breeds.

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