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First time this ever happened at the dog park

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Earlier tonight I took Lola to the dog park. There is a double gate and we entered the first one. Before entering the second gate into the dog park there was a Jack Russell at the gate. At first Lola and her were sniffing each other then the JRT started barking at Lola. Lola barked back but then stopped. The JRT stopped barking long enough for me to get the gate open. As soon as I opened the gate to go into the park the JRT entered the gate and went right after Lola. I took my foot and blocked the JRT then I reached down to the JRT with my hand on her neck (not hard) and pushed her her down and was holding her there for a minute until she calmed down.

I then let her go and the owners picked her up and was looking at her neck area they did not say a word and then left. At the time this was the only dog in the small dog area where we were entering. A woman was behind me with her daughter, her Yorkie and her husband soon followed. The woman behind me told me that she was glad I entered first because that dog probably would have gone after her dog. She had also told me that she was glad that I did what I did as it put a quick stop to what was going on. She also said that the people that had the JRT looked kind of afraid when they left. I then told her that when it comes to my dog getting attacked like that I am not the person that the owner would want to deal with and I will do whatever it takes to protect my dog.

If I ever see those people there with that dog again and the same thing is about to occur they had better watch out and get there dog and leave right away like they did tonight. Lola is fine and I think the next time if that dog sees me she will probably run the other way, perhaps the owners will as well.

Lola is fine. She just had a few hairs out of place and a little slobber on her :D
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To avoid confrontation, I'd just wait until the JRT leaves before going in if you happen to see him again. There's no point in risking your dog's safety (and good temperament) because of someone else's out of control pest. That's just me though. Maybe your DP is big enough that it isn't usually an issue.

It is big enough that it is not an issue. I have never seen a dog attacking anohter dog on the small side as many times as we have been there. If I do see the dog in their I will not wait until the dog leaves. Instead I will see how the dog is acting towards other dogs from the outside of the fence if their is other dogs in the park as well as this dog. If I see that there could be a problem I will call the owners over and tell them to leave with their dog. If they do not I will simply call the rangers and have them removed.

If their are no other dogs when they are there then I will observe their dog with my dog being outside the fence. If their dog try's to attack my dog through the fence I will then ask them to take their dog out as it is not suited for a dog park at the present time. If they refuse I will then call the rangers and have them removed.

The rangers are just a phone call away and they will allow the person to return another time but if they get any more complaints after the first time then the dog and dog's owners are banned from the park.

By doing it that way I will not be risking an injury to my dog or be reversing her temperament from what it is now. I worked to hard to train her and had her certified as a therapy dog as well as her passing her CGC to have some owner who doesn't know how to control his dog or train their dog properly.

There are many JRT's I have seen at this park and Lola has played with them. This is the first one I seen like this and quite frankly I blame it on the owners.
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