|Barked: Sun Dec 25, '11 10:20am PST |
|I don't welcome vendors at my dog park because I do not go to the dog park to spend money or be targeted by a business looking for customers. I just want to be able to enjoy my time with my dog and be left alone. I want the dog park to be refuge from all the crap I deal with everywhere else, like marketing and advertising and people looking to sell me stuff. All that should matter is my dog. It's my dog's time.
I get majorly annoyed by one local dog sitting business who shows up at the park to leave magnets with their phone number on the metal benches, because they try to talk to me and other dog owners. I feel cornered and distracted from watching after my dog, and I resent it.
As for food, most dog parks ban food for a reason. Food is a resource that triggers pack behavior in dogs, which can cause a lot of conflict among dogs that don't know each other well. Some dog have food aggression. Others get overexcited by food or become competitive. And in the case with my Chase, some dogs have to be a restricted diet. Besides, the human with the food becomes the focal point of the social activity, and the dog park ceases to be a dog park where dogs can socialize and play on their terms and turns into a dog feeding park.