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Bonzay 05-17-2014 11:20 PM

Does the dog park era come to an end?
 
I browsed through the forum a couple weeks ago and found various posts about GSDs in dog parks. I've been taking Bonnie to the dog park ever since she was 3 months old, and I was surprised to read that many owners were against them.

We've always had a great time and people were very tolerant. In fact, I think they laughed at me and said "Don't worry, that's how they play" when I interrupted playtime because I thought it was getting too rough. I just want(ed) to be on the safe side and stop a possible fight before it happens.

So, Bonnie is 5.5 months old now and we still go to the park everyday. She plays really well with other dogs (unless there's a toy or a stick, which I immediately remove) and enjoys chasing them, but lately she starts to growl and nip after a while of chasing them. Bonnie is not a vocal dog, at least not yet, and the growling is usually an indicator for me that she's getting cranky. First I thought she was getting frustrated because she can't keep up with the other dogs, but I'm not sure that's the case anymore. There's one dog in particular, a Shepherd-Husky mix, she keeps pestering and luckily he's a sweetheart and doesn't start a fight with her.

Today, however, she was after a puppy as soon as he started running, but they played nicely after I put her in a timeout. Still, I don't know how far I want to go, and I wonder if I should take a break or just stop going to the dog park. Is her behavior appropriate for that age?

Chip18 05-17-2014 11:40 PM

Your not going to find a lot of pro dog parkers here. I have gone on occasion, off hours, bad weather and only one or two dogs in the park and they are off in the distance!

Training and exercise "zero" interaction with uh the other two dogs. :)

But by and large this gets the point across:

Leerburg | Dog Parks: Why They Are A Bad Idea

Harry and Lola 05-18-2014 03:57 AM

The thing with most GSDs is that they are usually all fine in dog park situations up to about the 1 year old age, some a little before. Then they display definite dislikes and can quickly become grumpy, this then leads to people thinking your GSD is now aggressive and are not happy that your GSD pinned their lab or bum bites their collie constantly and then you'll find people leave when you arrive.

Imo see how you go, if you notice she is no longer enjoying the park or becoming a bully to other dogs, then it's time to find other outlets for exercise, she won't need any further socialising just exercise.

K9POPPY 05-18-2014 06:12 AM

I agree with Chip18 and Leerburg: why dog parks are a bad idea-

lyssa62 05-18-2014 07:53 AM

I may be the only dog park lover here. And I'm ok with that. My best friend and I drive 35 - 40 minutes away to 2 different parks. One is a few acres all fenced in with grass and trees and the other one is part grass/ part hard surface and some basic agility equipment. In the whole time we've been going I've had only 1 could have been bad experience -- we went to the all grass one once and Roxy got called out as soon as we got in by a dog..the lady PROMPTLY removed her dog from the area and from over the fence told me she was sorry...her dog had been attacked on a walk ( not the park) by a shepherd and ever since then it has had issues with shepherds....she let us have the park and took her dog away from the area.
Yes the owners do socialize too..it's nice to talk to other people and hear their stories. It's a great time just to leave my phone in the car and have fun with other people and their pets and laugh and smile. We were just there yesterday and spent 2 hours there. A mixture of dogs/owners. Owners all talk and move with their dog...so you spend time with the owners of the dogs your dog is playing with and when they switch playmates so do the owners.
Of course there are bad parks..and frankly I don't know how in our little Podunk towns around here we have gotten lucky with 2 parks that are nice and I have yet to hear about anything major happening at either one of them. Is there a chance? Of course..I'm not going into it with blindfolds on. I keep an eye on all the dogs while I'm there.
My experience is that some dogs go off and play with dogs they like and the other dogs all just kind of find "their type of dog" to play with...kind of like people and how they pick their "friends".

So I will be over here in the "I LOVE MY DOG PARK" corner...probably by myself :)

Ps...I should add we've been going since the vet gave Roxy the ok after all of her shots when she was little to get out and mingle ....she is now 14 months old and loves it just as much now as she did then.

Angelina03 05-18-2014 08:37 AM

I stopped taking Rocco to the dog park after about a year old. He began to respond aggressively to other dogs that challenged him (tried to bully him) and I didn't want it to end in a fight. It happened a couple of times and that was it for me. Now he just gets play dates with the family/friend dogs.


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fredh 05-18-2014 08:44 AM

I don't do Dog Parks with my Jake, He goes to Doggy Day Care every 2 weeks (has been going since he was 4 months old). He gets along with all of the Dogs there because they have all been screened and assessed for inappropriate behavior by the Kennel owner prior to them being accepted at his Facility. Dog Parks are too stressful, untrained aggressive Dogs that want to pick a fight and when the GSD defends himself he gets the blame.

Thewretched 05-18-2014 09:01 AM

Another vote for dog parks being a literal powder keg.


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hunterisgreat 05-18-2014 09:14 AM

If had to break up fights and not know what to do with the other dog because owner was off reading a book somewhere

My female fights nasty... If she got in a dog fight at the park the other dog would be headed to the ER and I don't want that kinda bad rep or financial bruden

Msmaria 05-18-2014 09:18 AM

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Originally Posted by lyssa62 (Post 5531762)
I may be the only dog park lover here. And I'm ok with that. My best friend and I drive 35 - 40 minutes away to 2 different parks. One is a few acres all fenced in with grass and trees and the other one is part grass/ part hard surface and some basic agility equipment. In the whole time we've been going I've had only 1 could have been bad experience -- we went to the all grass one once and Roxy got called out as soon as we got in by a dog..the lady PROMPTLY removed her dog from the area and from over the fence told me she was sorry...her dog had been attacked on a walk ( not the park) by a shepherd and ever since then it has had issues with shepherds....she let us have the park and took her dog away from the area.
Yes the owners do socialize too..it's nice to talk to other people and hear their stories. It's a great time just to leave my phone in the car and have fun with other people and their pets and laugh and smile. We were just there yesterday and spent 2 hours there. A mixture of dogs/owners. Owners all talk and move with their dog...so you spend time with the owners of the dogs your dog is playing with and when they switch playmates so do the owners.
Of course there are bad parks..and frankly I don't know how in our little Podunk towns around here we have gotten lucky with 2 parks that are nice and I have yet to hear about anything major happening at either one of them. Is there a chance? Of course..I'm not going into it with blindfolds on. I keep an eye on all the dogs while I'm there.
My experience is that some dogs go off and play with dogs they like and the other dogs all just kind of find "their type of dog" to play with...kind of like people and how they pick their "friends".

So I will be over here in the "I LOVE MY DOG PARK" corner...probably by myself :)

Ps...I should add we've been going since the vet gave Roxy the ok after all of her shots when she was little to get out and mingle ....she is now 14 months old and loves it just as much now as she did then.

Your not by yourself. Our dog park experience is similar. I think there are more people here that go to the dog park more than they admit, because they are afraid they will be seen as a lazy dog owner. Like you I drive 45 mins or so each way to take Dex once or twice a week. I work 7 days a week and still find time to walk him twice a day. 3 classes rally, obedience and nosework and all the homework that comes with it. Dexter just finished his advanced obedience 2nd in his class and is the only shepherd still on a flat collar. No one here can call me a lazy dog owner. So those remarks dont bother me, but it might bother others. Dex loves the dog park up to now. If it ever comes to the time he doesnt, we wont go. I dont think its fair to lump all dogs together saying they should or should not go.


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