I started taking our dog to the dog park close to our new house. I have never been a fan but I haven't had time to explore and find a better place to take her for a run. And she has become pretty antisocial with other dogs so I thought it would be good to throw her in the deep end and get her to develop some social skills again.
After a few visits I still have to closely supervise her and make sure she doesn't get snarly, but I am noticing some slow progress.
But things get out of hand when other dogs get too pushy. I didn't tell her off when she snapped at a labrador because he was terribly rude and I had just watched him chase a totally terrified Italian greyhound round the park while his owner did nothing. The lab backed off but we left soon after because most of the others left.
Today she did initiate play with one of the young bull breed dogs and that went well until a malamute-type cross joined in and Banjo got very snappy and scared. I had to stand in front of her and push the other dogs away.
How do you deal with those over the top kind of dogs at the dog park? I think it is fair enough for Banjo to feel intimidated and react. I'm not sure if I should slowly push her to cope with stuff like that.
At one stage when she had a go at the malamute cross, I took her for a swift walk around the park and that did help, even though the malamute and the bull breed followed us all the way.