Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Stark nervous at the dog park
Stark is 9 months now and my BF and I brought him to a dog park on Saturday, we brought him to a dog park before but there were never more than maybe 4 dogs there at a time. We heard of a dog park even closer and thought we would try it out. I know some members have strong opinions on dog parks, and I honestly dont know how I feel about them. But, we really want Stark to get more interaction with a larger variety of dogs. He has really only spent time with dogs smaller than him. So, we get there and there are probably 20 to 30 dogs there ranging from chiuahahas (sp?) to great danes. He was very timid for a long time, he didnt even like it when 2 to 3 of the small dogs were crowding around him. He stayed right near our sides, eventually he got brave and played with different groups and he even played with some of the largest dogs there eventually. At some points, he had his hackles up, he never cried or growled. One lady had made the comment that "he doesnt have a mean bone in his body." But, what do I make of this behavior? I know the GSD as a breed is supposed to be confident. Is this just his puppiness needing to get used to different breeds of dogs and groups of dogs? We were really impressed, we even brought in his ball to get him to play and when other dogs came to play with his ball he never once got upset/ tried to guard it. Weve tried really hard to not make him feel like he needs to guard anything. Overall, I feel like it was a positive experience. He met a lot of dogs, eventually he did have a good time and play, but was still cautious. So, what do I make of this experience?