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    I thought I posted, but seem to not have hit that button...

    I wanted to mention that our local RSPCA has a course called "Recall clinic". I don't know if only this one does it or if RSPCAs in other places would have something similar.

    My old dog used to try and block dogs from going back to their owners by using threatening body language if they dared to move. Very naughty. I managed to usually call her back in those situation, but sometimes I had to go grab her and give her a taste of her own medicine.

    If you see the other dog is trying to block yours, it's best not to call your dog but just go over there and lead her away, whilst keeping an eye on the other dog's moves.

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    Our little girl loves going to the dog park, we sometimes go during the day when it's quiet and she can run around as much as she wants. It's an off-leash but fenced in park and most people tend to be good with their dogs. It's a consistent group of people who take their dogs down there so you get to know who to hang around and who to watch out for.

    I never let her out of my sight or get too far away from me, just incase.
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    My thoughts based on my experience with them are they are a wonderful idea, in theory. Reality bites though I experienced a disproportionate number of poor to well socialised dogs and owners using them which often led to misery.
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    "Reality bites" would be an awesome name for a dog!

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    I use them a lot, only had 3 real bad experiences, 1 of which ended up with me actually punching a malamute in the head a few times.....Tia was 5 months and hanging around with Sheebs and Edge (i think it makes her feel safe) When a malamute came over to Tia and just went for her, i could see it coming so i moved closer and the bam Tia was on her back getting bitten and dragged. I managed to get the dog off her (with the help of Sheeba the ever doting mum figure) then the malamute turned towards me after i pushed it away, Tia jumped infront of me and took the malamutes head on, i can't imagine what was going through her head at that time! Such a brave dog. Anyways the malamute tried to bite me whilst lunging so i punched it in the head. Owner comes up and goes off at me, Edge and Sheeba are going mental whilst Tia is back on leash and in my mates arms. Malamute is still trying to have a go at Tia but Sheebs stops it and owner tries to punch on in the park . Police are called, owner is taken away as well as the dog. Owner tries to sue for hitting his dog . Thats the worst thing that has happened and now poor old Tia hates malamutes, but is slowly getting better with them!

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    Welcome

    What area are you in? Maybe we/someone could suggest good dog spots near you.
    My dogs only 10months but her recall has fast gone downhill now shes living with another dog, so dw your not the only one thats going back to puppy school!

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    I'm in Scarborough and the offleash park that is near me is called Kroll Gardens. It's a lovely place, I just haven't had lovely experiences using it. Lots of people like it there - I guess it helps if your really confident and feel that you can protect your dog. I'm not that confident and because I have a knee injury, I can't run or move very quickly. I feel a bit useless to protect him. I think I am going to have to look at play dates, doggy day care, training etc.

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    I think it also depends on what kind of altercations they are. The only time I would ever consider "protecting" my dog is if it was a full on attack and even then I would only interfere if I found a way to do so without being bitten myself.

    In this case it sounds like a bit of bullying. Most dogs get over that quite quickly and move on. I'm not saying it's right of the other dogs' owners not to interfere and that would seriously annoy me too about a place like that. But I don't think you are letting your dog down by not rescuing her in these type of situations.

    So I think you should weigh up if these events occur often enough to spoil the experience for your dog. Does she still want to play with other dogs after a run in like that? If she does, I would still go to the park, I think. Also, if the other dogs are regulars, there is a fairly good chance that they were just sizing up the new dog and they might ignore her next time now they've established she is not a threat. Also, if they are regulars, trying to talk to their owners about it may make a difference too. Though they may well say that "dogs will be dogs" and refuse to act. Not sure what I would say in that situation.

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    Scarborough in Perth WA? Or another Scarborough? (I'm in WA so thats the only one I know) If it is WA there is a big off leash dog beach in Scarborough or Trigg.
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