I took the boys for a walk yesterday afternoon to our local off-leash dog park. I let Yoshi off leash at the entrance, and Elliot was in the stroller. As we walked into the park, a woman in a blue uniform asked me if Yoshi was my dog. She was holding a German Shepherd on leash, and there was a guy standing down the path from them a bit. I replied yes, and she said they were doing some police dog training. I went to put Yoshi on leash, but she said to just keep going, which I translated to “get out of the way”.
Ten meters down the trail Yoshi did his regular poop in three different places, which meant I had to stop and pick it up, knowing they were still waiting for me to get out of the way. A couple of minutes later they left the park.
I was glad to see them go. To me, an off-leash dog park is a very inappropriate place to do police dog training. Especially when I’ve got my toddler with me. Even if the dog is well-trained, I don’t want my son seeing the dog attack a person. Elliot would have no way of knowing they are just “training”.