stay away from dog parks.
IMO: they have nothing to offer my dogs i cant provide myself in a more controlled manner
I've never been a fan of them either. But when we move next year, there will be a big one walking distance from our house. And Banjo loves playing with other dogs. So I might try that one, but we'll see. I will greatly miss our current massive off leash walking area, which isn't fenced and where people actually walk the whole 1km length with their dogs instead of standing around getting distracted.
And if a dog that I'm in charge of gets rudely approached by other dogs or a pack and acts fearful, I will defend them. I will shoo the other dogs away and put myself between the little one and the others. There is a big difference between lacking confidence and being terrified.
My previous dog never really needed defending at all. She was tough as nails when it came to standing up to other dogs. But Banjo will come to me for protection when she feels scared of dogs. Like the little sh!t of a dog in our street who rushes out at her yapping when we pass and has on at least one occasion bitten her when she got too close to its territory. Banjo will automatically position herself so I'm in between her and the dog. She does the same when we meet big dogs we don't know that she feels scared of, especially GSDs. I must say that there have been a couple of occasions when my heart started racing a bit when she hid behind my legs because I felt a bit scared of the dogs she was trying to avoid. But it's less likely that I'll get attacked by the dogs than her in such a situation.
Someone here made a valid point a while back in another post about showing the dog that you will defend them to avoid them thinking that they always have to do it for themselves and potentially developing an "attack is the best defense" attitude, which small dogs often do - and I can't blame them.
I wouldn't necessarily avoid the dog park if Misha enjoys playing with the friendly dogs there. But I would make sure you avoid her getting that terrified. Rolling over in submission is ok, but if the other dogs don't take that as a sign that they must back off, intervention is needed. I wouldn't bother trying to get the rude dogs' owners to do it. If they need prompting, they won't get it anyway.
I havent taken toffee to a dog park yet because i dont think she is ready yet but I think i have one of those rude dogs that goes up to other dogs and is in their faces......all she wants to do is play but doesnt know when enough is enough
how do i stop it????
I also once had an in your face dog and I really worked on her obedience. As soon as she showed signs of becoming over excited with other dogs I just said thats enough and leashed her immediately.
You need to show her when enough is enough.
In the end my dog would play nicely with other dogs but enjoy coming to me when I called her to me. I would have a game with her and do some training which she loved.
grevillea47 - One advise and hopefully you don't ended up with other Peeps who dislikes dog parks. I like dog parks letting dogs be dogs, and experience other dogs personalities under supervision.
This what I do - I always check it out first what type of dogs and owners currently inside the fenced park - if I feel confident that my dog will do ok, then we all go in. If not, then we just walk along. Always check the size of other dogs before going in and as newfsie said "look for a group with similar size dogs".
Good luck and like I said hopefully you will not dislike dog parks - just be more cautious before going in to prevent disappointments
Well Maxi and I had a lovely day yesterday, walk on the beach on leash (only because of no recall) and then decided that he needed a run so we went to the fenced dog park. As luck would have it there were a coulple of little dogs in the little dog fenced area and in the big area there were a couple of bigger dogs. We sat outside the fence and greated the little dogs, there was no snarling but a lot of tail wagging and sniffing. Braved going in stayed on-leash until I was happy they were all going to play nice, as it was they all did.
Maxi had the best time, His first kinda free run after his knee op. He played chasey his ears flying out behind him and tounge hanging out and getting so much speed up. The little girl (Gracie) took a liking to Maxi and they played together and the boy (Dipper) just played fetch with the ball. Every now and again Maxi would try and get the Boy intrested in a game of chasey but he was too intrested in his ball. All in all it was a great 15 minutes of fun.
Oh an the owners were nice as well, explained to them that Maxi was still learning his manners and tended to be a bit full on with his play. So every now and again I would call him back just to settle a bit before continuing his play.
BEST DAY EVA!!!
“All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed. For after all, he was only human. He wasn't a dog.”
― Charles M. Schulz
Thanks everyone for your comments. Interestingly, dog size isn't an issue with Misha, she wants to meet, greet, and play regardless of size, her only major issue is when she is confronted by a single or pack of dogs who take an instant dislike to her and want to dominate, and yes, they are larger breeds than her. She lacks confidence and goes into panic mode.
If we don't go to the dog park will she get enough socialisation from meeting dogs on our twice daily walks and at obedience classes? Will her confidence grow?
I love obedience clubs for socialisation. You get to know people and their dogs so you know the ones to avoid and the ones that get on with your dog so socialisation is all positive, on lead and controllable.
Most of my dogs are indifferent to other dogs, they go to shows regularly and are on lead in close proximity to other dogs but have learned to ignore them and that's just the way I like it. I want to be the centre of their universe and physically and mentally wearing them out is my job.
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