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    Hi everybody

    We had an interesting trip to the dog park today, it was a real eye opener for us.

    As you may all know, we have Tara, a Blue Great Dane. She is now 11 months old and is ~45kg. We came across another Great Dane, who was the same sex as Tara, the same age as Tara, but she was in a much poorer state.

    We walked over to say hello to her owners, Tara leading the way. Initially this other Great Dane went aggressive when Tara went to say "hello", and Tara got out of there for a bit. The owners said tha their dog had a bad experience about 15 mnites previously, anyway Tara's curiosity was greater than her fear, and they were both soon playing nicely.

    The other people commented on the size of Tara compared to their dog. Their dog was 17kg lighter than Tara, and had her ribs and spine very clearly showing. The dog looked emaciated. I found out through discussion with the owners about their feeding regime and I informed them that, although they were feeding the right food for their Dane they were not feeding enough for her age. This dog comes to the park once a week according to the owners, and I think I will go back with Tara in order to try and educate them.

    From the agression side of things, I saw them force their dog to the ground when another dog came up and was being a bit too enthusiastic in introducing itself, and their dog snapped back. I dont think that was the right thing to do, their dog had no option to move and avoid the meeting or have some control with the other dog, therefore felt threatened and responded.

    I suggested to them that they have a look on the net and that the internet was their friend regarding Great Danes. They hope that we meet again.

    I felt very sorry for their dog and feel as though I didnt do enough! What do you think?

    Graham
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    Hi there.
    My feelings are "chance" meetings, discussions helps more in the education process than lecturing (I am not for one second saying that this is what you are doing.)

    I think you handled it very very well.

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    Hopefully seeing your femal GD at the park today, as in the condition she is in, how she looks etc, will get them thinking and you may find they will 'look out for you' at the park in future.

    You probably did as much as you could without coming across as a 'dictatorial know-it-all.' The worst thing anyone could do for the sake of this couple and their dog is to act or say anything in a condescending manner. If you see them again, be their friend, but let them start asking the questions and guide them in the right direction. You may possibly consider passing along your phone number in a casual way - that way they don't feel threatened or judged, but my bet is they will call you if and when they are ready for advice and education.

    Well done, and I hope you all meet again.

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    That must have been hard for you, seeing another Dane (or any dog for that matter) in such poor condition.

    I agree with DA, there's only so much you can say without looking like you are lecturing them (as tempting as this may be lol). Hopefully you will see them again and you can give them some more of your knowledge. Just keep being friendly and helpful, and they should see you only have the dog's best interest in mind.

    As DA said hopefully seeing the difference in the two dogs will open their eyes...

    Try not to feel bad, you did a good job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    Hi there.
    My feelings are "chance" meetings, discussions helps more in the education process than lecturing (I am not for one second saying that this is what you are doing.)

    I think you handled it very very well.
    Thanks for that, I think that they were genuinely misinformed rather than treating their dog maliciously. Therefore we chatted rather than me having a go at them.

    I hope that they are able to find the right information and are able to get back on track. Danes are a great dog, ours surprises us every day.

    Graham

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