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Whether you have a daily dog park appointment or just pop by sporadically, you quickly learn that there are certain categories of pet owners you'll always see. Here's a short list.
The Helicopter Parent
Charlotte York was the epitome of the Helicopter Parent in Sex and the City, when it came to her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Elizabeth Taylor. She wouldn’t let her off her leash, out of her sight or heaven forbid, play with other pooches. The Helicopter Parent witnesses every move her dog makes and keeps an eye on yours, as well.
The Nonstop Texter
The Too-Many-Dogs-to-Count Owner
The Danny (the Dog Nanny)
This is the know-it-all dog owner. She doesn’t just know everything about her own dog, she knows everything about every dog at the park. She can tell you why a certain dog is acting a certain way, what breeds are present (even if it’s a mix) and, of course, she'll offer pet care and training tips to any and all who will listen whether you asked or not. She can be a good, albeit opinionated, resource for advice if you need it, but a lot to handle when you’re just looking for a quiet visit to the dog park.
The Excuse Maker
This could be an older owner who just wants to take a break during a walk or just a really laid back one, but you know the type… the one who hangs out with his dog on the nearest bench and just sits and sees what’s going on at the park. He doesn’t talk to anyone. His dog doesn’t play with any other dog. They just hang out.
If you find that you fall into one of these camps and wonder how experts recommend you navigate the dog park, check out Play It Safe and Be Polite: Dog Park Rules You Should Never Break.
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