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Old 12-07-2012, 12:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a couple questions. I read on here a lot to make sure Keira is on a good track, and I've been reading about not taking them to dog parks when they're older? I would just like to know why? Also, Keira seems to be afraid of a lot of dogs, I took her to the vet a few days ago and she had the hairs on her back raised and let out a few barks. I was afraid maybe she was leaning towards aggression, but she sat between my legs and started backing up under the chair. She is very interested in other dogs but scared I think. She plays with the neighbors little dog through the fence, and tries to play with our grumpy chihuahua. Otherwise she's had only a few other interactions. I've taken her to the dog park once and have been meaning to go back, and now I'm reading on here about not taking GSD's to the dog park and I would really know to know why? All the reading I've done about the breed says they need lots of socialization... She does great with people though. She gave the vet lots and lots of kisses... Though she tends to get really excited when people visit us at the house... Anyway any and all answers are greatly appreciated! Thank you. =] (sorry I blabber sometimes... I want the best for her, and I'm proud of her)
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Great thread!!! I would also like to know as well!! My pup is 18 weeks and she's well socialized around human but not other dogs. Only reason was because she did not have all her shots and I didn't want to take the chance of her catching anything. I know dog parks are more for well socialized dogs and bringing a non socialized dog will probably scare them. I am enrolling mines in a basic obedient training class and that's where I hope she will learn to get along with other dogs. I take her on walks now and she barks everytime she sees another dog and her fur raises but when she gets close she doesn't care for much then. So my guess is that she just wants to sniff??


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Old 12-07-2012, 01:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I know that some people do bring their dogs to the dog parks that are NOT well socialized at all. My dad lives across the street from a dog park and we've witnessed plenty of fights because some (i want to say idiot) brought their dog there and the dog wasn't friendly enough, and showed aggression towards other dogs... So I understand a bit of always being weary but as far as completely staying away from dog parks I don't. Thanks.
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I know that some people do bring their dogs to the dog parks that are NOT well socialized at all. My dad lives across the street from a dog park and we've witnessed plenty of fights because some (i want to say idiot) brought their dog there and the dog wasn't friendly enough, and showed aggression towards other dogs... So I understand a bit of always being weary but as far as completely staying away from dog parks I don't. Thanks.
I personally think that when your pup is that young it is important to expose her to good things that will set her up for a good foundation in training. As you said not all people that bring their dogs to dog parks have dogs that are well socialized. All it take is one time for your pup to get pinned or attacked by another dog and you could have a ruined dog.

At this age it is better to socialize your pup through training classes and dogs that you know personally to be friendly. A lot of places that have puppy training will have puppy socials for this purpose.

If your puppy is a bit timid to begin with I definitely wouldn't overwelm her with a dog park. Now having said that,I on occasion will use a dog park, but I know my dog and how he interacts with other dogs and I made sure that he was older and well socialized before I exposed him to it.

I would look into doing some puppy classes and work ontraining to boost her confidence.
Good luck with her, she sure is cute!
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I don't know how old Kiera is but this is what helped me a great deal. When WD first saw dogs outside his familiar breed he started barking at them at 12 weeks of age. I was lucky to being able to work with a trainer who asked her clients with social adult dogs to come in a little earlier to class so WD could interact with them. I attened three of those sessions, then took him to to a couple of basic classes, took him to a dog park (no fences) where he had all good experiences and made good friends. I will start him in Agility soon. He does very well with other dogs now.
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:02 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I do understand the possibility of being exposed to aggressive dogs, though the posts I've read said things about when they're older not taking them to a dog park? That's why i was confused. Keira is about 4.5 months old. She plays with the neighbors dog through the fence, its pretty cute. Anyway I was just curious so I can make up my mind on how to socialize her. Thank you.
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Your dog is BEAUTIFUL! Schatzi was a little timid when she was younger and sometimes still is. I just tried to make every expeience a possitive one. However my little boy Cudi is 3 1/2 and his personality is a social one. He is an Alaskan Malamute and he will howl instead of barking lol it's funny. Just keep socializing your doggy. He will turn out to be great.
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My dog is 5 1/2 months old and has similar issues. She is very interested in other dogs, and we took her to some dog parks when she was in the 4 month range. She would just hide in between our legs, but follow the dogs around if they weren't looking at her. If they tried to play with her, she would retreat back between our legs and cower. Now she barks very aggressively at dogs from a distance but when they get within about 10 feet she stays close and quiet. We had to wait a a little bit on socialization because of shots, and we live in a rural area that doesn't have puppy kindergarten classes. She is good with dogs when she spends time with them, but is still pretty bad at new introductions.
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I'd say start with puppy classes, or if it's too old for them maybe obedience classes. My trainer brings along well socialised older dogs in the last couple of weeks which is great for them.

I also introduce my pups to friendly dogs I know - family and friends dogs.

So by the time I start going to the dog park, my pups are comfortable with dogs of varying shapes, sizes and ages.

I think it's important to keep all dog interactions positive when they're young. That way when they eventually do bump into an unfriendly dog, they don't assume all dogs are like that.
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My dog is 5 1/2 months old and has similar issues. She is very interested in other dogs, and we took her to some dog parks when she was in the 4 month range. She would just hide in between our legs, but follow the dogs around if they weren't looking at her. If they tried to play with her, she would retreat back between our legs and cower. Now she barks very aggressively at dogs from a distance but when they get within about 10 feet she stays close and quiet.
My girls were like that, I would get them into some sort of training lickety split, or you could have a reactive dog, like me.
Both my dogs hid behind me, then they started lunging and now it is all about fixing that behavior, they are 15 mos
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