I am fresh to this forum so not sure if I'm posting in the relevant thread.
I have been attending the Sylvia Gibbs dog park in Everton Hills for about a year or so now. I have a large black German Shepherd which I know can be intimidating to a lot of people but he is very well behaved and trained. I am a firm believer that if you are to own a big dog such as a German Shepherd you must have full control of them otherwise disaster is likely to occur! We have trained him using the Koehler method which is very effective.
There are a couple of ladies that also attend the dog park daily. They have small dogs (maltese and jack russell) as well as a blue heeler. In the past two days, the three dogs belonging to the other ladies have essentially 'ganged up' on my GS chasing him around, the two littlies jumping up and snapping at his face and the blue heeler running up and asserting its dominance.
The first day Kai stayed calm and I called him over to me and the issue was sorted but by the end of today's play he'd had enough and growled a little as 'a warning'.
The lady came over to me and essentially attacked me and accused my dog of being dangerous and asked me to leave the park. She accused my dog of biting the other dogs when he didn't at all (just a warning growl to the dogs to back off).
I am a bit shaken up as dogs growling at one another is not desired behaviour but is likely to occur in dog parks as each dog is finding his position in the pack.
I left the dog park immediately because I was quite intimidated and upset but felt that I shouldn't have had to leave.
Any suggestions in relation to handling the other owners would be much appreciated.
Also, these ladies keep their dogs leashed and make them sit ON the park bench seats while they discuss what I assume to be the 'world's most important issues'. These dogs are hardly given a chance to socialise and are very timid when in the presence of other animals and people.
Thanks in advance!!!!!