Check out the fence before you let her off leash. Our dog park here in town is not entirely enclosed and I have lost Boomer more times than I want to remember. I waited almost a year before trusting him off leash and I still don't really trust him. We get a new dog park later this year that will be totally enclosed. I can't wait.
As long as the gate is secure, and tall enough (beagles can jump!) she should be fine off leash. I'd be concerned about letting her play with other dogs on leash, because someone could get tangled in it. As long as you keep a close watch on her she should be okay though. Sounds like you guys will have a great time.
Charlie goes to dog park at least once or twice a week. It is a enclosed secured park. Charlie does not jump over fence. He gets too busy socializing with other dogs to even think about the fence to get out. He does not want out, too much fun!
If you are nervous, leash her, check around first before you unleash.
Some big dogs do play rough, agressive dogs need to leave right away(the rules says so, including dogs in heat. You also need to pick up your dog poop, there are mutt mits free in the park(city provided) Water buckets are provided too, there is a hose where you can hose down any mud on them before going back in the car. Oh, no digging in the park! The dogs might trip and hurt themself, even human would.
Other then those rules,(keep an eye on your own dog) they are free to run around unleash, play time. I have trained Charlie to come back with a blow of a whistle. You might need to think of something else, because dogs get carry away, too much fun, they do not want to go home.
I would keep the 30' home. I tried that with one of ours at the park thinking he could run with the others and he just ended up tripping them. Keep in mind that a dog on leash in an off leash enviroment can be a target or feel threatened because they can't get away and act agressive. As long as the area is totally fenced in I would let her off leash just watch her. Don't be one of the those owners who is too busy talking and hasn't got a clue where their dog is.
We have taken ours to enclosed doggy parks many times and, as long as they are truly secure (including the gates - hopefully they have a double-gate because people coming and going may not be mindful of the dogs trying to escape!) you should be fine. We do try to keep an eye on the other dogs and make sure they seem okay (ours our perfect, of course :hi: ) but I think Chloe would have a great time with her semi-freedom.
I would recommend against having her on leash if everyone else is off leash, though - especially a long leash. You can check out the scars on my shins to see why that isn't a good idea... once they start zooming around the park it is really hard to keep out of the way - not to mention the other people she may clothesline as well! We have also found that dogs behave differently towards each other when some are on leash and others are off - they definitely seem less prone to scraps if everyone is off leash (assuming they are all well socialized in the first place).
How did she react?! was she in heaven? Whenever Suzy meets someone new she howls.......and runs, its adorable. Was it just two beagles? I like the idea of it being at night, I have realized that taking Suzy out at night keeps her regular and she passes out as soon as we get home.
She was very apprehensive (maybe its a little strong a word) at first, at let them sniff her (with her tail between her legs but wagging)... then she started sniffing them and ran to play... she seemed to really enjoyed the group... :rotflmao:
There were poodles, yorkies, big mutts and other dogs coming and going. All very gentle and cute.
I'm glad to hear that you found a fun group of friends for Chloe. The dog parks here are great. Jersey has a blast whenever we go. They are great for socializing. I never socialized Amber enough as a puppy and she had a lot of agression issues with other dogs. The first time I took Jersey to one she was a little apprehensive, but she quickly overcame that, just like Chloe. I'm sure that Chloe is going to love her play dates! And you will too...a general rule of thumb...a tired Beagle is a well behaved Beagle!