We got out of the car at a dog park, walked into the fenced area, let the dog off leash, and not twenty seconds went by before someone was telling my daughter “You can’t run in a dog park, it’s not safe.” When my daughter broke down into tears, the woman looks to me and says, “I didn’t mean to make her cry.”
I’m not sure what she thought would happen.
My daughter is six and she runs in open spaces. Go figure. While I understand that dogs like to chase running children, we have a dog, we have running children, and we know that. We risk that because with two running children, a dog, and not enough financial resources to fence in the yard, the dog park keeps us happy.