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Old 04-27-2014, 06:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My German shepherd dog loves the dog park. The problem is he loves to play rough. It's fine if the other dog wants to, but he sometimes doesn't get that the other dog is scared of him. He just turned two and has only been social with other dogs for the past 6 months. For the most part he's great, but people at the dog park will scream at me or him because they think he's mean.

I can call him off pretty good, but sometimes he doesn't come right away.

He also growls a lot when he's playing, which mak re people think he's trying to attack their dog. That's just how he plays, he's very talkative. He's never been in a fight. I just want to enjoy the dog park with him.

Any advice welcome!
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My German shepherd dog loves the dog park. The problem is he loves to play rough. It's fine if the other dog wants to, but he sometimes doesn't get that the other dog is scared of him. He just turned two and has only been social with other dogs for the past 6 months. For the most part he's great, but people at the dog park will scream at me or him because they think he's mean.

I can call him off pretty good, but sometimes he doesn't come right away.

He also growls a lot when he's playing, which mak re people think he's trying to attack their dog. That's just how he plays, he's very talkative. He's never been in a fight. I just want to enjoy the dog park with him.

Any advice welcome!
Stay out of the dog park. If your dog is rough, it's an incident waiting to happen. My dog also plays rough. We only go to dog parks for training.

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I would not be happy with a dog rough playing with my dogs. If you have a slow recall that would make it worse.

I avoid dog parks now. I've seen to many untrained dogs, clueless owners and fights breaking out.
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I have decided to stop the dog park for awhile.

I just want to clear up that he's mostly very good, mostly great recall, mostly not too rough. He loves little dogs and is never too rough with then. If we keep walking and he doesn't try to run around with another dog, he's fine. I don't want him to sound like some big park bully, because 95 percent of the time he is super and fine.

I'm going to have him start going to daycare for a couple hours per week. I think part of the problem is he doesn't get enough time around other dogs, so he gets way over excited at the dog park.

That's for the advice.
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He can still scare the **** out of other dogs, making them DA. I would get him well trained and make him ball crazy. Once that is done he probably won't care about other dogs.
I am always worried about running into these kind of dogs if I have a young dog.
And it gives the breed a bad name. It is scary for the average dog owner to see an out of control adult GSD run up to them and bully their dog. So yes, I would avoid the DPs.
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He can still scare the **** out of other dogs, making them DA. I would get him well trained and make him ball crazy. Once that is done he probably won't care about other dogs.
I am always worried about running into these kind of dogs if I have a young dog.
And it gives the breed a bad name. It is scary for the average dog owner to see an out of control adult GSD run up to them and bully their dog. So yes, I would avoid the DPs.
He really has very little interest in balls...Any ways to build interest?

Also he doesn't run up to other dogs and jump on them. He will just get rougher through out the play. Like I said, his commands are mostly reliable, at least 95 percent. I was thinking about walking him outside the fenced park and working on focus and recall some more.
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He can still scare the **** out of other dogs, making them DA. I would get him well trained and make him ball crazy. Once that is done he probably won't care about other dogs.
I am always worried about running into these kind of dogs if I have a young dog.
And it gives the breed a bad name. It is scary for the average dog owner to see an out of control adult GSD run up to them and bully their dog. So yes, I would avoid the DPs.
The ball thing is a good idea but it doesn't work all the time. Midnite will have the ball in his mouth and still nose and growl at the other dogs to get then to play. He is only trying to play but for this reason he will never be in a dog park or around other dogs he doesn't know. It sounds aggressive but it's not at all, but it still bothers me, I can't imagine what someone that didn't know him would think.
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I can guarantee you that it only takes one time of your dog being rough for it to end badly for you.

I know at least 10 people on here that If their dog was "rough played" your dog would be beaten, pepper sprayed, or even worse.

Just some food for thought.


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I can guarantee you that it only takes one time of your dog being rough for it to end badly for you.

I know at least 10 people on here that If their dog was "rough played" your dog would be beaten, pepper sprayed, or even worse.

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This isn't really true. The people that would do that don't bring their dogs to dog parks. If they were on a walk and were attacked it is a different story.
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It's really not, Generally they wouldn't be at a dog park, but it just takes one time. It's really if you want to chance it or not, I'm not one to be at a dog park if anyone is there.


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