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12-24-2013 07:37 AM
fredh Our 3 year old Shepherd and 13 year old Mini Schnauzer play every day. And every 2 weeks our Shepherd goes to Doggie Day Care. He has a ball ! He has been going all his life is is a better Dog for that reason.
12-24-2013 01:40 AM
doggiedad that's a training issue. the dog park is a great training tool.

[QUOTE=Neko;4715658]My pup CRIES in the car when we get near the park, he gets overwhelmed with joy when he sees that there is someone to play with. He loves to chaise other dogs especially a few we have been playing with regularly.

>>>>> It is not the same at the park if it's just us... he won't play ball... he walks along side the fence waiting for friends.<<<<< [/QUOTE]
12-24-2013 01:35 AM
doggiedad i have mixed feeling about a dog needing contact with other dogs.
i allow my dog to play with other dogs if they're friendly. there's
a section in the woods that we go to where people gather with
their dogs. sometimes there's 25 dogs running around. my dog
won't approach a dog or a person without a command.

i don't see where any harm is done having a friendly dog
or letting a dog play with other dogs.
12-24-2013 01:22 AM
tottie86 We have 3 dogs and my shepherd really loves playing with our Australian silky terriers and they love playing with him. If they come across other dogs when we are out, they generally don't play with them.

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12-24-2013 12:43 AM
BahCan No, my dog does not need to play with other dogs. She is not comfortable with other dogs so I don't put her in that position. She has me and that is all she needs to keep her healthy and happy.
12-24-2013 12:31 AM
LARHAGE I don't think dogs NEED to be with other dogs but I feel they enjoy the interaction and comraderie of being a member of a pack, I have 6 dogs and never take them to dog parks, but since I am fortunate to have horse property my dogs spend a lot of time playing with each other as I do the chores , each of them idolizes me, but there is no question in my mind that they thoroughly enjoy playing with each other like a pack of dogs would, most dogs are social creatures if allowed to be so, in fact my young German Shepherd often times lays with my young filly in either her stall or turn out paddock if she's outside by herself, she loves to interact with both the other dogs and the horses.
12-23-2013 10:34 PM
onyxena My personal opinion is that social interaction is for the most part beneficial to a fulfilling life for all species that have innate social drives, whether same species or human. My birds are very social and I encourage them to interact if they like. Same with the dogs. Dasher is very much into meeting and greeting dogs and people. He is very well behaved and would be missing out on something that is important to him if I felt he needed to be only devoted to me alone. We don't do dog parks, but we go hiking off leash in an area that is frequented by others with off leash dogs. He meets everyone, but then returns to me and we all chat a few and move on. Ultimately he is devoted to me, but this interaction enriches his life greatly and causes no issues.
Sasha is very much the same way, but not quite as motivated to interact. Neither of them shuns me to be with other dogs and they do retain their focus for the most part.
Running, moving sniffing meeting greeting seem very elemental to being a dog. I do not just let them run free with no discipline or training, they stay near my and respond, never leave my sight.
So its great!
12-23-2013 03:52 PM
David Taggart One may start wondering - why dogs, and any other creatures need to play at all? Humans isn't an exception, young creatures try perfecting their skills necessary for survaval. Boys play the war, girls play mothers, and puppies and kittens play hunters. You can watch every day how your dog progresses in it. Puppy squabble and chase changes into rough game of still young grown-ups, imagining some other dog to be their prey, and a watchful eye of an adult, so selective about his favourite objects to hunt. All young dogs would progress better in ... I hesitate to call it a pack, because a group of dogs brought to the doggy park forcefully is not a pack. A pack lives, sleeps and eats together.All young dogs would progress better in a group. For the handler that's better: many chances to practice obedience. But, pleaser, don't expect the doggy park to continue forever. There are plenty of books on dogs' psychology telling one and the same - that your dog doesn't really need anybody but you. If...If you are the leader of the pack, if you are a true Caesar for your dog - he wouldn't need other dogs when he is 3 year old. His best companion would be you, even if you are completely disabled.
12-23-2013 03:45 PM
llombardo Within the household and a select few outside of the home yes. I don't really care to be approached by people with dogs I don't's just a recipe for disaster. I can't be 100 percent sure how there dogs would react or them for that matter. I have a big enough pack that they don't need that interaction, but they do like to play. Dog parks are out of the question. All of mine are fine with dogs running up to them, that I made sure of. I don't need my dogs trying to kill any approaching dogs, so they are trained to be neutral.
12-23-2013 03:37 PM
Sunflowers I voted
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