|02-18-2014 06:20 PM|
My first concern would just be his under-developed immune system. Can you be sure that there are no diseases lurking?
When mine was about 5-6? months a couple of pit bulls attacked him. I was very lucky that 1) I watch my dog like a HAWK 2) no damage was done and 3) some how it strengthened our bond? He saw very clearly that it was me who pulled them off and it seemed as if it officially clicked in his eyes that I'm his protector. I got lucky, I've heard it normally has the opposite effect in which the dog realizes you can't protect him from everything. Others don't. The same dogs attacked a retriever and ripped the poor girls ear off pretty bad.
We now only go at the same time where I've learned every (regular) dog's habits. I'm wary of new dogs, especially with those who have disillusioned owners.
And yes, those dogs stopped coming.
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|02-17-2014 03:31 PM|
|02-17-2014 03:12 PM|
Also coming from someone who uses dog parks regulary - some are ok for dogs this young or smaller - my border collie started going to the dog park at 8 weeks, because I knew the dogs and they required vaccinations so I knew there was not parvo in the park anymore than there was tracked into my house from the park.
|02-17-2014 03:06 PM|
|02-17-2014 06:10 AM|
|02-17-2014 01:33 AM|
|DobbyDad||You sound proud that your last dog ruled (bullied) at the dog park, sounds like lack of training to me. You also seem to be quite hung up on having the "Dominate alpha male". Which is probably why you let him bully, and want your new puppy to bully. Why not take him to a timid dog park? What are you trying to teach? Do you look for non timid parks? Are you 15 and still trying to show how tuff you are? Im happy with my dog having the ability and genetics to help protect if the need arises, but I can see no need for him to learn to protect me from a dog.|
|02-16-2014 10:36 PM|
While I appreciate all the input my last GSD ruled DP from 2 years on, he was the dominant alpha male. Starting at as young and age he took his lumps as well as as handed them out, more the latter. Rebell already shows the same tendinitis. 5 acres are a big enough off leash park to where if he backs down he won't get hurt, at 13 weeks and 35# he is fairly formidable. I ain't taking him to timid DP, nothing to be learned there.
|02-16-2014 09:42 PM|
There have been several pups on here messed up at dog parks that the family was comfortable with. It only takes one out of control dog to leave a lasting impression.
Check out this link on socialization - excellent discussion on it:
|02-16-2014 09:18 PM|
I have to agree that he is way too young to be at a dog park. There are plenty of other ways to socialize him right now. If he is only 13 weeks then he isn't old enough to have had all his shots. You're really testing his under-developed immune system. And I don't say that cause I hate dog parks (seems to be a dirty word here LOL) like most people, I actually frequent dog parks five-six days a week. I just waited for my puppy to be older before taking him. And agreed, his sister can't protect him against a pack. In my experience, dog fights tend to happen with more than just two dogs involved. I saw one that somehow started between two and ended up with five in there. Scary!
One thing I experienced is that some dogs seem/seemed to pick on my puppy the most. Most likely for his age and eventually coming into sexual maturity.
I just love how much it tires him out, but its always better to be safe than sorry
I've always favored sables but seeing all these pictures is making me fall for some other coat colors !
|02-16-2014 07:25 PM|
13 weeks old he's not intimidating to an older dog. his 113 lb sister
can't do anything if there's several dogs being aggressive. it's very
important to socialize them early and continue to do it when they're
older. you have to be careful how you're socializing. i think
with a 13 week old pup it's better to have play dates with
a few calm dogs. i'm not against dog parks. i took my dog many
times to dog parks. there's 1,700 acres of woods near my house.
the people living around the woods gather so their dogs can play
with each other. there's groups of people and their dogs spread out
all over the woods. the section i visit sometimes has 25 dogs (all
kinds of breeds and size) romping having fun but i didn't go near
the grops of dogs untill my dog was 6 months or so. before that
i set up play groups for training and socializing.
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