Unleashed, No Longer a Puppy Thunderdome
"The big dog owners are concerned that they can't really let their dogs run free without trampling a little dog," Acree says of the days when dogs were grouped according to their size. "And the small-dog owners were up in arms because a lot of the small dogs play well with big dogs." It's not uncommon, Acree says, that a high-energy Jack Russell Terrier will do just fine with a pack of Labs; by the same token, plenty of medium-sized dogs or even older large dogs are laid-back enough for the small dog park -- hence, the new divisions.
Acree says the decision of where to play will still be up to dog owners -- but Unleashed reserves the right to have the final say on where a dog should play.
"We're going to give you some leeway," Acree tells Unfair Park. "However, if we feel that the play environment has changed, we're going to ask you to play in whichever park we feel is safest for your dog. That's really the bottom line: We want to make sure everybody is safe and happy."