Dog Parks
You say your Pit Bull loves other dogs? That he doesn't have an
aggressive bone in his body, and you don't want to deny him of playtime
with his buddies at the dog park? Please read the following and than
reconsider your view of Pit Bulls and dog parks.

By their very nature, dog parks are hazardous. A bunch of loose dogs of
all ages, breeds, and sexes, romping together merrily may seem like a
good time, but dogs will be dogs, and unfortunately, such places are
conducive to aggressive outbreaks. The manic environment of many dog
parks creates stress and tension between dogs. They are breeding
grounds for aggressive behavior. Let’s not forget that aggression is a
learned behavior – your previously mellow dog could feel threatened due
to another dog’s improper behavior, use an aggressive tactic against
that dog, discover ‘aggression works’, and suddenly you’ve got a dog-
aggressive dog on your hands. And because of the wide variety of dogs
usually present - each with individual personalities and temperaments -
the possibility of two dogs clashing is high. Placing your dog in a
situation in which he may have to defend himself from a challenging,
pushy, or outright aggressive dog, just isn't fair. And when we're talking
about larger, power-, and bull-breeds, a fight in a dog park could mean
more than just some hurt feelings.

Because of the public's lack of understanding and general fear of the Pit
Bull, any member of the breed involved in a fight will automatically be the
bad guy - deservedly or not. Even if your dog doesn't start the fight, it's
not likely that he'll back down to instigation. When small dogs are
involved, even a fight that lasts only a few seconds could be deadly. And
you can bet that sympathy for the "killer Pit Bull" in such a situation will
be nil.

When breed specific legislation is knocking on the proverbial front door
of towns all across America, every bad incident involving a Pit Bull serves
as more fuel. Our breed is in jeopardy, and as their guardians, it's up to
us to make sure we keep them out of trouble.
Ask yourself: are dog parks
really worth the risk? Are you willing to place your dog - and hence the
whole breed - in a compromising position?

Many people feel guilty about depriving their dogs of playtime with other
dogs at parks. The truth of the matter is Pit Bulls just aren't a breed that
is prone to accepting lots of different, strange dogs: we call the breed
'dog sensitive', because they tend to get nervous, overwhelmed, or
easily overstimulated by other dogs. People are by far their number one
priority! Our dogs are well-served by lots of socialization to humans, and
*controlled* exposure to other dogs.  
Some examples?  How about dog
shows, training classes,  on-leash parks, trips to the pet store,
veterinary office, and off-leash play time in private play groups of
carefully-selected dogs that have been appropriately matched for play
style and personality.  ). This sort of socializing is much more appropriate
and beneficial than romps in public, free-for-all dog parks.

So keep that dog safe, happy, healthy - and ON LEASH, and OUT of
dog parks!

And here's what to other very reputable organizations have to say:

Dog Parks (Our Pack, Inc.)

A Common Sense Approach to Pit Bulls & Dog Parks (BADRAP)

Pit Bulls & Dog Parks (PBRC)