There are different types of dog owners that you will meet at the park daily. Some are nice, some are weird, and some with dogs that look like their owners. We listed them down so they will be easier to spot next time you go out:

1. The Owner Who Thinks Their Dog Is Human

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These are the kinds of owners that if a fire suddenly breaks out they would save their dog best friend first over their actual human BFF—no questions asked. Okay, that might be extreme, but we believe this type’s idea of a Friday night is with their dog rather than people. If they do go out to socialize with other pet owners don’t be offended if they strike better chemistry with your pet than you. ‘Does your pup have its own Instagram? @PrincessPopper probably has over 10,000 followers.’


2. The Owner Who Has the Same Breed of Dog as You Do


This particular type can also otherwise be called ‘instant friend’. Regardless of your differences, if you see this owner at the park, he or she will come up and strike up a conversation. You and your new friend can share a lot of stories, experiences, and tips on where to buy that fancy dog cream for half the price. You can schedule play dates for your doggies once you hit it off.


3. The Owner Who Thinks They’re A Dog Expert

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Watch out, Cesar Milan. This owner has read every book, watched every vlog, and claims to know everything and anything about your dog. This type of owner is good to have on your side especially if you can’t stand YouTube tutorials. Sure, they could sometimes come off as overwhelming and a know-it-all. But when the time comes you have a question about ticks, tricks, and potty training they will always be ready to accommodate you 24/7 for some helpful tips.


4. The Owner Who Just Moved Into the Neighborhood With His Pup


We could only hope that this new neighbor is the type who gives out cookies with a note saying how sorry they are for their dog possibly barking at night. You have to have a lot of compassion for this kind of owner because they probably don’t know anyone in your city yet. If they are deserving, you can show them around to see the spots, stores, and clinics for their pets.


5. The Owner Who Hasn’t Looked Up From Her iPhone


This next type isn’t much for conversation. So you and the other owners just look at them from afar and wonder what they’re probably looking at. Are they watching the news or monitoring the stock market? Are they looking at other dogs while their dog is right there in front of them? We will probably never know. We just hope, for their sake, they start to wise up so they don’t trip while they’re out walking their dog.


6. The Owner Who Micromanages Their Dog

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Also known as ‘helicopter moms’, this particular type of owner is the equivalent of an overbearing stage mother to her beloved dog. Always anxious and on the lookout for worst-case scenarios. This owner literally keeps a short leash on their pets. She will rush tackle anyone who offers her pup unapproved treats. Her actions might be too much to take for some, but you could bet your bottom dollar this owner has the most well-behaved pets in the dog park.


7. The Owner With the Cutest Puppy Anyone’s Ever Seen


We all have met that one dog owner who just happens to have the cutest dog you have ever laid your eyes on. It’s usually a cutesy little breed with the most adorable outfit or accessory, always riding a fancy stroller or carrier. It’s so cute, it might as well be a human baby. Plus, no surprise, the dog has thousands of followers on Tik Tok or Snapchat.


8. The Owner Who Brought Her Baby and Dog to the Park


Oh, such a poor thing. A dog is a handful enough, add a baby to the equation and you have yourself an incredibly exhausted individual. Maybe they just haven’t found a sitter or they are giving their partner some alone time. Either way, we wish them well. Perhaps, you should talk to them and suggest some dog walkers and daycare centers.


9. The Owner Who Is Too Relaxed

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This owner is the direct opposite of a helicopter mom. If you’re anything like this owner it doesn’t matter what pronouns you subscribe to, you’re a dog dad. You know, the one who’s on their phones and looking like they’re on a leisure walk while their dog is already causing chaos in the park. They’re too loose, their last name might as well be ‘Lautrec’. Wink wink!


10. The Owner Who Has Way Too Many Dogs

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Remember the crazy cat lady on The Simpsons? This type of owner is nothing like that. Instead, this person might be the nicest and biggest-hearted person you will ever meet. You have to have a big heart for that many dogs. This person probably picks up strays or rescues them from the pound. You might cross paths with them walking their 8 dogs all at the same time. Be a friend and volunteer to help them out. They might not have the budget to pay you, but they sure can offer you all the hugs and kisses from their 101 Dalmatians in return.


11. The Owner Who Is Afraid to Let Her Dog Off-Leash


This type of owner is so anxious her dog is feeding off her anxious vibes. We don’t know if she previously had an incident the last time she let her dog off the leash. This owner possibly needs a drink or maybe 8 hours of sleep to loosen a bit. But in all seriousness, what they need the most is a dog trainer or animal behavior expert to fix help out.


12. The “I’m So Sorry!” Owner


This owner is probably the reason why the previous owner is too afraid. They may have a Great Dane or a Boxer that is not properly trained. Their big dog is most likely dragging their owner and breaking (antagonizing) everything they come across,  leaving the hapless owner with nothing but an awkward smile and rapid succession of apologies.


13. The Owner Who Is So Good Looking and Athletic, It’s Annoying

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The last type of owner on our list is drawn to big dogs. They probably own a Great Dane or a pitbull and they do everything together. They go on hikes, they surf, and they probably even run marathons. You just can’t but feel a little jealous when you spot them in their nice car, with their nice hair, and nice-looking pooch. You sometimes wish you were them, to be honest.

So there you have it. The different types of dog owners you will meet at the park. Did you relate to any of them?

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