|08-13-2013 03:18 AM|
|vprasad||Thanks for the replies guys, I have decided to not take him to dog parks again any time soon. He is still having regular play dates with other dogs that I know .|
|08-12-2013 09:25 PM|
leaving immediately was the correct thing to do. your
dog is going to be fine. i think 4 months old is to young
for the dog park.
|08-12-2013 09:20 PM|
I even tried to go when no one else was there, someone showed up, refused to wait with their dogs leashed while we left. Her two pits went into prey mode when my young pup started exhibiting fear, it was a nasty situation.
|08-09-2013 09:39 AM|
|Neko||I let my pup play only in the small dog area, or I watched carefully because some of the dogs play too rough and i did not want him pushed around. Being confident and tough is one thing, but bone injury is another. I guess i am very protective.|
|08-09-2013 09:18 AM|
Should have him leashed for first time and until he is stronger.
You also should have moved him as soon as the boxer was showing dominant behaviors. A pup can't deal with that pressure from a bigger older dog.
I would have leashed my dog shooed the boxer and been on my way outta there. You win points if you protect your dog but if he is left to fend for himself he can loose confidence or become aggressive to avoid the other dogs trying to mount him.
If I have to protect a pup from larger dogs i will hold the pup at my feet with my legs split so there is room for the pup. I see my area as a meter and a half around me. I will ignore the bigger dog so to keep it guessing. If your body language is good the the dog will naturally respect your space and your dominance over the pup. If it wants the pup it has to go through you first. I protect my female in the same way when in heat.
It won't do any lasting damage if you learn how to avoid these kind of situations in the future. Show your dog you understand dog behavior and will protect him.
|08-09-2013 08:22 AM|
I can only speak from experience but I think Sunny will be just fine Titan was rushed by a mastiff his first at 4 months old, it was his first time too. He squealed and high-tailed it to me. I reacted the same way.. scooped him up and got him out of there! Now..... Titan LOVES the dog park! I continued to take him and get him used to the idea. I will say though, that some dog parks aren't worth it. I only go to the one by my place now because I know all the people that go at that time and our dogs got to know eachother, they also know how to control their dogs. We do have the occasional owner that doesn't but we all police the park at that point. I can't say it's the same for most places and I may have just lucked out. If you seem to find a lot of unpredictable dogs and owners that don't care, I would steer clear of it, it can leave a lasting impression on Sunny if he gets into a situation there.
Oh and what KZoppa said... keep working on recall, always.. they start getting stubborn as they get older if you start to relax it, lol.
|08-09-2013 05:01 AM|
|KZoppa||Answer is simple! No more dog parks! Also, be sure to keep up on his recall because right now, it's good. As he gets older it can become a bit more tricky as they discover EVERYTHING else.|
|08-09-2013 04:29 AM|
What (really) concerns me is the incident today at the dog park .
|08-09-2013 03:59 AM|
"Sunny is extremely submissive to them. "
how is that helpful to your dog
when a fight or prey stimulation begins the dogs are in a different zone --
neighbour from years ago had a poodle and 3 bouviers -- saw those bouviers , who grew up together , get excited in play , and pick on the poodle and tear it apart , literally , rip , and pull . They had been running around , and prey mode kicked in .
|08-09-2013 03:27 AM|
- Sunny is extremely submissive to them.
- My neighbor was a professional dog trainer for 20 years and he got these two dogs about a year ago.
- Elmo and Tessa (the corsos) obey my commands almost as well as they obey my neighbor's (I've seen and played with them since they were 8 weeks old).
- Both my neighbor and I are present at ALL times when sunny is with them.
- JUST as a precaution, my neighbor puts shock collars on them when they are playing with sunny.
- Usually, only about once a week, both are present.
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