Reddit user asks the internet for advice after his nephew was kicked out of the dog park for not having a dog

We all know that dog owners can be very protective of their fur babies, but one person found that they can also be just as territorial as their pets after being kicked out of a dog park for not having a dog.

A person who calls himself It’s not original went to the popular reddit page ‘Am I the A—hole’ this week to ask for advice about their run-in at a dog park.

Under the headline “AITA for taking my nephew to a dog park (when we don’t have a dog),” the person said his 10-year-old son nephew loved dogsbut she couldn’t have one because her older sister was allergic to them.

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A reddit user asked for advice after a trip to the dog park when he was under the weather. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

“I took him to visit a dog park in our town, there were no posted rules saying you must have a dog to enter,” the person began. “The dogs loved my nephew, they would run around with him and constantly bring him balls to throw, etc.

“I also want to point out that my nephew never did anything to hurt or scare a dog. He didn’t pull their tails or jump on them and always carefully approached them with his fingers under his fist so they would sniff him.”

“After about 10 minutes, a woman asked me which dog was mine. I joked and said the one in the red jacket (which my nephew was wearing). She then told me that we couldn’t go into the park.

“I was confused, thinking it was a joke or that she was worried she was going to steal a dog or something. So I tried to reassure her that my nephew loves dogs but he can’t have one. Then he told me that ‘This park it’s for our kids, not yours’ and that ‘There’s a playground for him over there'”.

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A dog owner asked them to leave the park. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

After searching unsuccessfully for someone who would come to their defense, they reluctantly left. “My nephew asked me when we can go back to the dog park and I’m not sure what to tell him. Can dog owners weigh in on this please?”

The original poster said in one edition that they hoped more dog owners would respond and thanked those who offered words of support or made helpful suggestions, such as volunteering at an animal shelter or standing outside the dog park with a sign that reads ‘I want to a puppy. Kisses’.

“You should bring him to dog shelters to play with them. They always need volunteers to socialize the dogs,” one person suggested, though many others noted that most had age restrictions and required volunteers to undergo training.

Another suggested they find “a friend/neighbor with a dog who would be happy to let you both watch” while you’re away. “I hate the idea of ​​my dog ​​being alone at night and wouldn’t mind a well-behaved and supervised 10-year-old hanging out or playing with him if I’m gone for a while.”

“I’ve been to dog parks without a dog but I just sit and read and drink my coffee and don’t interact with any dogs. I just like to watch them run around and be cute and happy,” said another. “But I’m an adult and you can’t expect a 10-year-old not to interact with playful puppies who might even run at them.”

However, many others thought that they were definitely wrong. “That park is for dogs to play, not children,” said one. “It’s also not for random people to come and play with other people’s dogs… that’s weird and creepy and you have more right to believe. The dogs there are not public property and they don’t play for you and your nephew.”

Another said: “Dog parks aren’t free petting zoos. They’re for dogs to run around and play with each other. You’re also putting [your nephew] at risk of being hurt or scratched. These dogs are there to fight and play, not to interact nicely with a child.”

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