|09-13-2013 04:18 PM|
|09-13-2013 04:03 PM|
Thank you everyone for the advice. I've talked to my husband and we are going to take a break from the dog parks for awhile. Work on her training, her recall and trying to find other outlets for her. I never considered that she might just not enjoy being around other dogs. I always assumed it was healthy. However since the dog park does seem to be the only place we experience behavioral issues I suppose it makes the most sense to just stop taking her there. We'll see how she does! I really appreciate everyone's responses and I feel positive about where to go from here with Lucy's training.
|09-13-2013 03:21 PM|
And....that would mean I'd have to acutally TALK to someone else. If I wanted to talk to someone I'd call them on my phone.
|09-13-2013 02:57 PM|
|Blanketback||OP, every one of my GSDs have behaved differently around unfamiliar dogs. One loved some, one disliked all, one hated a few...and the jury's still out on how this little guy will turn out. The 2 that were iffy around other dogs weren't the kind of dogs that belong in a dog park, and it sounds like yours is the same. But you have lots of other options for exercise, so why put your dog through it? It sounds like Lucy would be happier without the dog park playtime.|
|09-13-2013 06:48 AM|
Socializing doesn't have to mean interacting with other dogs.. Especially other strange dogs.. Why keep setting your dog up to fail???
Work more on her obedience and teaching her how to focus on you.. Make yourself the center of your dogs attention.. All fun comes from you.. Not other dogs..
Like others have said.. Our dogs don't need to interact with other dogs, but they do need to learn how to behave appropriately around them..
You know, the damage may already be done with what you've exposed her to and have let her get away with.. I don't know.. I know how I would handle my own dogs in certain situations..
You said you have her in training classes? How is she with the other dogs there? What did they teach you to do if she reacts??
|09-13-2013 01:22 AM|
|09-12-2013 10:55 PM|
|doggiedad||hey, this thread was started by LucyintheSky not Lalachka.|
|09-12-2013 10:51 PM|
|09-12-2013 10:40 PM|
|lalachka||are you talking to me? probably not because i don't go to a dog park and i don't want my dog to say hi to other dogs.|
|09-12-2013 10:36 PM|
|DaniFani||Oh, how did any dog owners survive before dog parks?? Lol, I personally think that dog parks should all be shut down. I know some dogs are fine with it, but the risk isn't worth it to me. I mean, look at that recent post about the dog that had a terrible wound with a drain put in it. I think owners should get off their butts, take a walk, and stop expecting their dogs to be little humans that need other dog interactions and "friends." Lol. If you can't do that (get off your butt and go for a walk, run, bike ride, hike, etc..) get a breed that doesn't need as much stimulation and exercise. May be harsh, but I just think it's so silly. I mean, it's great if my dogs get along with each other and maybe a friends dog. But I hate that the new expectation is that all dogs (even on a leashed walk!!) need to "say hi." Ugh, no they don't lol.|
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