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    Default Today Has Been a Very Good Day..

    I'm so happy and proud of my princess Bella today and had to share!

    We went to the dog park this morning and got off to a bit of a rough start - Charlie and Bella were still on the lead (we hadn't been there long) when a young Dalmation came over. The owner was waaaaaaayyy across the other side of the park and no even watching. Charlie is a very friendly little boy who is submissive to other dogs. The damn Dalmation got him on the ground and bit Charlie Then it went away... then it came back and was trying it's hardest to get Bella (it eventually got her on the backside).

    Anyway, we ended up having a lovely time playing with 2 French Bulldogs. Then it was time for our first proper obediance class! I am very very pleased to report that Miss Bella behaved like an today!

    She greeted the other dogs perfectly (a huge achievment for her), she did her sit/look excellently and stayed while I walked about 2m away from her. She nailed "stand". And eventually she ran through those big scary tunnels lol. I'm so so so proud of her, as last week (private lesson) was a disaster!!! We'd better make sure we do our homework this week so she can nail it again next week

    Sorry for the long post but I'm just so thrilled today

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    Great job to you and of course, Bella.

    What is it with these dog parks and all these idiot owners I keep hearing about? That is shocking that Charlie was bitten and then Bella had a go at too!!!

    Did you find the owner of the Dalmatian, C&B's mum? That is just horrible. So glad that Bella ended up having a better day after that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Great job to you and of course, Bella.

    What is it with these dog parks and all these idiot owners I keep hearing about? That is shocking that Charlie was bitten and then Bella had a go at too!!!

    Did you find the owner of the Dalmatian, C&B's mum? That is just horrible. So glad that Bella ended up having a better day after that.
    Thank you I'm so pleased with her (and me lol).

    Yup, the owner eventually wandered over and found her dog. OH was livid - when he informed this woman that her dog had bitten Charlie she just said "oh ok" and walked off! Lucky Charlie Pug has lots of loose skin around his neck. I don't even care if it was a "play bite" or something - this dog was a least 5 times bigger than Charlie - who on the leash! - and it's owner should've been watching. It set Bella's progress with the bigger dogs back a bit but she did get a lot better after the Dalmation had left the park (she went up to a Boxer all by herself and sniffed him lol). Not that I blame her - this Dalmation targetted her from across the park. It was focused on getting her. That's the first bad experience we've had though

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    *shakes head*

    What is wrong with some people? Lack of brain cells or what?

    It is good that Bella sounds like she wasn't harmed too much by the set-back, particularly after 'checking out' the boxer later! Lol.

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    Well done Bella!

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    Excellent for Bella's good day, don't be disappointed if you get the occasional bad day - even if you have been doing your homework - it happens.

    You can actually put a complaint in with your local council if you want - all another dog has to do is harrass - not actually damage another dog - though damage seems to get more action. It helps if you can get the disk number off the naughty dog. And it helps if you take (or pretend to take) photos - as that wakes up some owners that they ought to be doing something about their dog's behaviour - like gee - someone might hold them responsible and get their dog taken away - though there isn't much in it for the dog. It will certainly make them think twice about coming back to that place.

    You probably wouldn't like what Frosty does though. When she plays with little dogs, she frequently puts them in the "kill the antelope" hold, usually hanging on the collar - because she knows that doesn't hurt them or stop them from playing. It can look really bad to someone who doesn't know what doggy play looks like. Mostly she plays "no touch" chasey with the little dogs, she runs just out of reach, and they chase her and then they swap but she chases just behind without touching. She goes by how hard the other dog plays and matches that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    C&B's mum

    Excellent for Bella's good day, don't be disappointed if you get the occasional bad day - even if you have been doing your homework - it happens.

    You can actually put a complaint in with your local council if you want - all another dog has to do is harrass - not actually damage another dog - though damage seems to get more action. It helps if you can get the disk number off the naughty dog. And it helps if you take (or pretend to take) photos - as that wakes up some owners that they ought to be doing something about their dog's behaviour - like gee - someone might hold them responsible and get their dog taken away - though there isn't much in it for the dog. It will certainly make them think twice about coming back to that place.

    You probably wouldn't like what Frosty does though. When she plays with little dogs, she frequently puts them in the "kill the antelope" hold, usually hanging on the collar - because she knows that doesn't hurt them or stop them from playing. It can look really bad to someone who doesn't know what doggy play looks like. Mostly she plays "no touch" chasey with the little dogs, she runs just out of reach, and they chase her and then they swap but she chases just behind without touching. She goes by how hard the other dog plays and matches that.
    Yep, all the other big dogs just play "chasings" with ours, or if C&B play other little dogs they just chase each other around and knock each other over! Charlie and Bells are forever biting each other, pulling each others fur, tails, etc when they play with each other. That's fine, I know exactly what between them is "play" or when it gets heated. But to see a strange dog just come running and go straight for Charlie's neck - that was just a shock. And then to see it come again - from across the other side of the park! - going straight for Bella, stalking around my legs trying to get her (I put myself between Bells and the Dalmation and stood my ground) - well, that was even more of a shock. Unlike the owner today, Hyacinth I'm sure you keep an eye on Frosty when she plays with other dogs!! Frosty sounds like the type of dog I'd like them to play with lol.

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    Yes at one of the ovals I walk at, there is a boxer that doesn't play nice. She doesn't do any damage but she will cross an oval to roll a SWF onto its back and stand over it and hold it by the neck if it tries to argue. And that scares the pants of the SWF owner and annoys the boxer owner.

    If he sees the SWF first, he always puts his dog on a lead. Sometimes they can be introduced and agree to play nice (no standover) but with every new one and certain regulars, the boxer goes on lead. So at least that owner is trying to do the right thing by SWF owners. Not like the Dalmation owner.

    BTW (by the way) - Frosty loves dalmations but not all of them will play with her. Most dogs are ok playing with Frosty if the owners don't freak out. There's a couple that play too rough but they can't play with any dog, and theres a few scardey cat dogs or just not interested dogs that Frosty leaves alone. And every now and again there is a dog that desperately wants to play with Frosty - who resolutely ignores all invitations. No idea why.

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    Sounds like you had fun at training. I bet Miss Bella was the best behaved there!

    Shame about the idiot owner - her dog is going to end up in trouble one day if he keeps doing that to other dogs. Always have a camera ready to take a pic of a dog if it causes trouble. When I lived in the big smoke I used to take a spare lead with me, if another dog looked like it was going to cause trouble I would get the lead out and hold it by the clasp, then start whirling it around my head at high speed, lowering my arm slowly, it usually worked, the dog would get startled and move away pretty quickly.

    Hy, my staffy x whippet plays the same way, grabbing collars and dragging the poor dog around - I try not encourage it as the collars get wrecked! Tho it IS funny when she's only 15kgs and doing it to a 40kg dog!

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    stupid dalmation owner....

    Im glad that you had a great day regardless though, its good dog owners like you that make dog parks a nice fun place to be.

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