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Thread: Dog Parks & Dog Behaviour - please advise!

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    Tonight went to orientation at obedience school, oh my can't wait for next Monday it was brilliant... They gave the same advice as Mac just did, rules on lead, basically learning manners...

    Oh and first lesson is walking loose lead, this has been my goal to master the walk, as it hasn't happened to date. They also gave a demo with a group of trainers and their dogs it was amazing, all by hand signals. I'm still buzzing from it all. And you could see the dogs thought that their person was their universe
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    My 7yo independently taught Banjo some hand signals. I now use them too because it looks so damn cool! I do always use some with my dogs subconsciously anyway, like holding up 2 fingers when getting her to stay when I'm looking around and a release sign.

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    I tried not speaking when I gave Maxi his dinner tonight, food down hand up, Maxi sat gave lots of eye contact and waited for the click of fingers and point to his food...don't know if this was right but I think my boy is pretty clever for remembering to wait until he's okayed to eat.

    Beloz, I'm still wowed at what these trainers could get their dogs to do and there was a lot of distractions plus some of the hand signals were done a a distance. It was brilliant...
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    I dislike fenced dog parks - because they do attract owners who don't want to pay attention to their dogs 100% of the time, and haven't got effective control over them anyway.

    Unfenced off lead areas are better. We have beaches here too. The wider ones are great - especially in winter - off lead all day (except a bit of Glenelg). You still get pea brain owners and rude dogs but you have a lot more room to deal with it. And a lot of problems stem from a dog that gets cornered and can't escape.

    I would protect my dog from idiots and idiot owners with all the strength and LOUD YELLING BLUFF I can muster. Nothing like a ROARING HUMAN to draw attention to a rude dog and idiot owner. Note - ROAR - do not scream or squeal.

    And you might find this interesting reading about who is really in the wrong when it comes to "friendly" dogs.
    He Just Wants To Say "Hi!" | Suzanne Clothier

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    Wow what an excellent article, I really enjoyed reading it. Thanks for that link

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    thanks guys for the advice. i have found a dog school and we start when the next new dog season starts(which is in a couple of weeks).
    At the moment im just leaving her on lead and getting her to settle before we say hi to other dogs and if i think things are getting a bit out of hand i pull her up and get her settled(she is getting better).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post

    And you might find this interesting reading about who is really in the wrong when it comes to "friendly" dogs.
    He Just Wants To Say "Hi!" | Suzanne Clothier
    I found this very informative, thanks Hyacinth! I'm learning so much from being on this forum, love it!
    My local dog park has a facebook page, would it contravene any laws if I posted suzanne clothier's article there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by grevillea47 View Post
    I found this very informative, thanks Hyacinth! I'm learning so much from being on this forum, love it!
    My local dog park has a facebook page, would it contravene any laws if I posted suzanne clothier's article there?
    Post it - its on the internet for public views - just don't own it
    m<(o.o)>m

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    grevillia47

    I think I read somewhere that she wants it shared around as much as possible. So I think sharing the link on facebook is fine. Just don't copy the whole thing word for word and claim it as your own.

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