Stereotypes are a bad thing, even for us dogs. Say the words “Jack Russell” to humans and most of them will give you and eye roll and a big WOO-WEEE. Their mind starts playing a little movie of me jumping 6 ft. in the air, barking at nothing, playing ball non-stop and bouncing off all four corners of a room.
Well, who said there isn’t some truth to stereotypes?
The same holds true for the dog park, where you can see a lot of stereotypes and syndromes in action.
Here’s just a sprinkling of what I’ve found:
*Deposit and return. You know this duo: The dog whose human apparently doesn’t know how to use a doggie poo disposal bag. They make a deposit, and your human gets the return — all over the shoes. Then your human needs to repent for the bad words she said for totally messing up her brand new Nike’s.
*Walk small with a big leash. Here comes a 7-year-old walking an out-of-control, 150-pound boxer. Why are you looking at her like that? Her dog is wearing a cute pink collar.
*Big dog, little dog. Think bowling pins. This is what happens when a human unleashes his Great Dane who then comes barreling into a park full of Chihuahuas and other tiny dogs.
*Landscape artists. These dogs are digging machines, planting small booby traps all over the dog park. Many a human has twisted an ankle or nearly done so after falling into one of these holes. They like to destroy flowers and fences, too.
*Philosophical dog? This dog is deep in thought. And the thought is, “Why am I here?” His activity level is just as suited to a 10-by-10 ft. parcel of land as a dog park. He doesn’t do much but sit there and look at his owner like he can’t wait to go home.
*OCD toy fanatics. Wait a minute. Is there something wrong with having a human throw a ball, Frisbee or toy like a million times in a row? Does that mean I have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? It’s not like I can do this in the living room. Dog park –Hello!
What about you? What have you seen at the dog park or while walking through your neighborhood?