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11-26-2012 03:35 PM
msvette2u Leashed dogs and unleashed dogs don't mix well for various reasons, including the leashed dog feels vulnerable as it can't escape if things go south. Thus, dogs on leashes tend to be more reactive to other dogs. Plus any tension you may feel will go straight down the leash to your dog and give him a sense that something's wrong and cause further defensiveness.

As others mentioned, controlled situations such as dog or puppy classes, friends dogs, etc. would be better.
11-26-2012 03:12 PM
NorCalGSD It is a large dog park, with a large fenced off leash area, so we were able to take Buddy to one side for a few minutes and throw the ball..
11-26-2012 02:43 PM
Kyleigh Like I also said ... it all depends on the type of dog park you have ... a small closed-in area ... I agree bad idea ... but a huge area where there's plenty of room / trails, etc. can be a great experience for a puppy.
11-26-2012 02:03 PM
Now, I'm not suggesting you let 20 dogs come up to him at once ... that's major over load for your puppy, but one at a time for sure!
And therein lies the problem with dog parks.
You can't control who does what or what dog does what or when.

I'm all for socialization but doing it at a dog park where your dog may get injured is not the place to do it.

If you can, find a few friends who have nice, trustworthy dogs, or enroll in a day care where the setting, while not controlled necessarily, is at least supervised...which may be a form of control, I guess you could say.
11-26-2012 01:38 PM
Kyleigh I hear ya ... some people just see GSD and freak ... especially if the fur's up ... OMG ... they MUST be getting ready to attack ... quick hide everyone!!!

I'm sure if you take it slow, it'll be fine ... but it all depends on the type of dog park you have! Like I mentioned, mine is huge, and I can walk around and avoid the "crazies" and just do trails.
11-26-2012 01:35 PM
NorCalGSD Ya I didn't want to make him sit but that was the only way to get him to calm down and allow the other dogs to come up to him, I didn't make him sit the whole time when they were sniffing, and I dont think Buddy would of done anything, I could just tell from the way the other pet owners were looking that they didn't like what they saw
11-26-2012 01:18 PM
Kyleigh I love my dog park, but it's a huge off leash area, not a small fenced in area.

The only thing I wouldn't do is make your dog sit - dogs sniff each other's bums to see who's who ... you're not letting the other dogs see who he is!!! And he has to be given the chance to sniff them too!

Now, I'm not suggesting you let 20 dogs come up to him at once ... that's major over load for your puppy, but one at a time for sure!
11-26-2012 01:08 PM
NorCalGSD Thank you Lucy, and I agree there is a confidence issue or something, I didn't want to keep him on leash and only did to walk thru and we only stayed may 10 mins, he was off leash at the other end when I was throwing the ball for him. I have never been to a dog park and don't really care to go back, I just want to make sure I am doing the correct thing and that my son will be able to walk Buddy when he's older and not have issues when other dogs are around. So any insight to what I should do would be great.
11-26-2012 01:04 PM
Lucy Dog Sounds like your pup lacks confidence. I don't think force feeding him at the dog park is a good place to do expose him to this kind of stuff, but that's up to you. Just search around and read about all the dog park horror stories. Dog parks should be for already well socialized dogs... not scared young puppies.

And if you do decide to keep going... it's really not a good idea at all to keep a leashed dog around a lot of unleashed dogs. He should either be off leash or not inside the park at all.

If you're just trying to socialize... try some group training classes instead of the chaos that goes on inside some of these dog parks. That's what I'd do at least.
11-26-2012 12:59 PM
Took Buddy to a dog park

So Buddy is almost 16wks old, and I decided to take him to a dog park, There were two other dogs there (Large Breed) Labs, and Buddy is now at 50lbs, and I was afraid to take him off his leash because his hair stood up on his back, and he was growling and showing his teeth, so I kept him on leash and walked him around, I made him sit every time another dog came up to him to sniff him, which did help the situation some, but when ever a small dog came up he was fine. Is this because he spends all day with 3 other small dogs, or because he is still young? I signed him up for the puppy class at Petsmart just to try and socialize him more, What else could I do to try and get this under control?

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