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Thread: Is there anything you were wrong about that you've realised as your dog got older?

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    One of the best things you can do is to praise your dog for walking away from (potential) conflict. I automatically do that with Banjo now. And most of her interactions with strange dogs are tense now unfortunately, but it very rarely does turn into any sort of altercation anymore.

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    I've never been to a fenced off dog park and after reading the posts here its likely my boys will never see the inside of one.

    A over friendly Bullmastiff who loves zoomies and a dog aggressive bullying brindle bastard..... I think we are better off sticking to the parks and beaches on leads.

    Maybe a park fenced into a few sections would be the way to go ?

    SWF's one section, the well behaved/trained ones in another section ...and the nut jobs in the other.


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    Our local dog park is completely empty most mornings, Sean. And my dogs love going in there because there's so many interesting smells of course. But then Banjo still prefers the smell of rabbit and wombat poo any day.

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    I can imagine a play date between our dogs.
    Im pretty sure brindle bastard would end up on top
    Mojo would be stolen by pohm the rottie,
    Bernie would be in haven rounding everyone up, and avoiding brindle bastard by being too nifty to catch
    And brian? who the hell knows what he'd do, he usually does a roly poly if victim of bullying. Sort of sposed to be belly up, but its a long way down, so he rolls into it. Most aggressive dogs back off, disgusted at the tool at this point

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    Quote Originally Posted by bernie View Post
    And brian? who the hell knows what he'd do, he usually does a roly poly if victim of bullying. Sort of sposed to be belly up, but its a long way down, so he rolls into it. Most aggressive dogs back off, disgusted at the tool at this point
    It's lines like this that make me love your Brian. I read your posts about him out to my OH and he's in love with him too.
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    I sometimes walk through the small dog area with my 2, if there's no one else in there and 1 or 2 dogs in the main bit. That way they can run along the fence with the other doga without risk. And other dogs can just walk away from incessantly barking annoying kelpie pup. (I will start on training her out of this soon. And for that dog parks are great, if you stay on the outside of the fence.)

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    dogs snarled at Nero when he was approaching
    There's usually a bunch of signals that happen before that.

    An assortment of these
    fixed, rigid, staring dog - keep away - dog with no self control or manners and possibly dog aggressive.
    dog sniffing and looking away - and glancing back and looking away - may turn whole butt towards approaching dog, may go behind owner. - this dog doesn't want to meet. Frosty sometimes does the crawly grovel from a ways out to see if she can get it to change it's mind but if it keeps up the look away glance back butt towards approach - Frosty gives up. Some of these dogs are fear aggressive and will growl/attack if a dog continues to approach. But the whole piss off leave me alone signals start before the growl / attack.

    A lot of dogs get punished for the growl and so they learn to suppress that and go straight for attack. This group might overlap with the rigid staring dogs.

    There's some (insecure?) dogs that want all other dogs to yield to them - they barge straight up and then start looming over the other dog and may growl and put their mouths over the other dog's neck until the other dog submits. There may be a lot of screaming and yelling by both dogs if the other dog won't roll over. And that can progress to a dog fight.

    and there's some dogs that just want to kill - and they will barge straight up and get stuck in - ignoring all signals of submission and etc.

    And it's very hard to tell those killer dog approaches from Labrador dog approaches.

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