Butcher Dog Park
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- PatriciaJul. 22, 2019Sure hope park doesn't live up to its name one day
I'm writing this as a public service to people who may be considering going here, while on a visit to San Jose, or passing through. We actually live in the Bay Area (East Bay, N of Berkkeley) but planned a 2-day weekend in SJ, partly just to get away from the fog & cold of July (yes, really) and partly to visit a friend of mine. This one is only 8 min's from my friend's house, and sounded decent. We went there twice, and that was plenty. 1st time, not too bad. Got there about noon. There were a couple dozen dogs. It was hard to tell which people went with with dogs. No-one but us was directly engaged with their own dog. Some busy talking, others texting. That bunch of dogs were all pretty friendly, although some were young & pushy, and should have been getting corrections so they would grow up into decent canine citizens. 2 days later, 2nd visit, about 11am. We were walking around the outside to the entry gate, and noticed a scuffle of 4 or 5 dogs, that kept escalating. Nobody did anything. I've been around dogs all my life, and I could see a fight brewing. So we stayed outside and watched to see if anyone was going to act responsibly. Nope. The main aggressor in "play" became the fight initiator. This was a medium size pit mix, white with light tan patches on head, back & flanks. The dog went from rough play to a real, snarling fight in a blink. My husband and I both shouted "That's a FIGHT! Somebody needs to break that up NOW!" So finally the caregiver of the attackee showed up, and the irresponsible owner of the hair-trigger aggressor went and pulled his dog off the other. He was a guy with a cowboy-type hat & curly hair down past his collar. He hauled the dog by the collar back to the chair he'd been lounging in in the shade. I saw him pet and caress the dog, thereby rewarding it for its behavior. Instant removal, by leash, would have been much more useful. A minute later, he'd let go of the animal again, and it was already running aggressively, chivvying another dog. Hat guy was still sitting on his behind in the shade. Seeing the dog now running wild so soon after getting worked up to what would be a big release of cortesol, we kept our dog (who is under good voice control) at the other end of the park, just long enough for her to relieve herself (since we were going to be in the car for a while, going home). Then we got out of there. Outside the fencing, we went past the same guy & dog, I saw that dog's lips writhe back in a full snarl, showing all the teeth, at someone's dog. Those reading this who have trained multiple dogs, and attended many hours of training and handling classes throughout several decades (as we have) will understand why these details are significant, and why I'm afraid the presence of that dog, in what is a very small enclosed space, is in fact a tragedy waiting to happen. If you don't want your young, inexperienced pup or your older, fragile companion chewed up some day beyond repair, just don't go there. And if you know Mr. Cowboy Hat, tell him for Christ's sake, get his act together and hire a behaviorist. He knows dip about that animal he's in charge of.
- KyliieJun. 17, 2018Great but watch out for tan bark
My friend and I brought our dogs there for a play date, a great park but the first time his dog got a bloody paw from the wood bark. Second time I brought my dog he got a splinter like thing and a bloody paw. :(
- SelenaMore than a year agoNice dog park but...
It is a very nice dog park but some dogs are really rude and the owners can't seem to control them.
- DeannaMore than a year agopros and cons.
The pros are the space, which is good sized and the drinking fountains as well as a zillion balls. However, my first experience attending there was a large dog fight. A lot people seem to like to just sit on a bench then regulate their Dog's play.
- RoseMore than a year agoGood park
I take my dog there in the mornings, and the dogs interact really good and the people there are very nice. They just don't keep a eye on there own dog but seem to watch and care about all the dogs there.