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06-07-2014 03:31 PM
Stosh I wouldn't let anyone near her- dog or human- for a few months and as the rest have told you, no more dog parks! Join an obedience club and let her socialize there
06-07-2014 10:48 AM
pets4life she might not be aggressive now but if she keeps getting forced to hang out with strange dogs in a strange area aggression can start. Find a field or something and play ball with her. Some dogs that never had much dog interaction get that way in dog parks.
05-22-2014 11:28 PM
selzer
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Thank you for giving this senior girl a new forever home!!! I love the seniors!!!

You have only had her for a few weeks. She is still learning about you and her place in your life. This can take time. I usually tell adopters to give their new dog 6-8 weeks to really settle in. Dog parks can be overwhelming to the best adjusted dogs. So your girl is still not sure about things, the dog park is probably just too much for her right now. She may never love it.

But that's ok!!!! There are so many other things you can do!!! Find a friend with a calm dog and go on a hike together! Take an obedience class! Work towards a CGC, maybe therapy work? Take a fun class, like Nose Works!!! Engage her mind, be her partner!!! She will thank you and be your best friend.


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This.

Good luck with your new older girl.
05-22-2014 09:00 PM
gsdsar Thank you for giving this senior girl a new forever home!!! I love the seniors!!!

You have only had her for a few weeks. She is still learning about you and her place in your life. This can take time. I usually tell adopters to give their new dog 6-8 weeks to really settle in. Dog parks can be overwhelming to the best adjusted dogs. So your girl is still not sure about things, the dog park is probably just too much for her right now. She may never love it.

But that's ok!!!! There are so many other things you can do!!! Find a friend with a calm dog and go on a hike together! Take an obedience class! Work towards a CGC, maybe therapy work? Take a fun class, like Nose Works!!! Engage her mind, be her partner!!! She will thank you and be your best friend.


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05-22-2014 08:42 PM
HOBY Congratulations on your new rescue. Have you considered OB classes? Classes where there is no social hour or play time. Strictly obedience. Maybe check out some trainers who have experienced helpers and clientele. These people might be able to help you manage your new best buddy. Working together strengthens the bond.
05-22-2014 07:53 PM
Chip18 Well GSD's are bright dogs, maybe those dogs have seen this??
Leerburg | Dog Parks: Why They Are A Bad Idea
05-22-2014 05:55 PM
sunsets Aw, bless you for taking in your sweet girl. Some dogs just aren't into dog parks, even if they were well-socialized as puppies.

I got my guy as an adult (age 5?) and thought the same thing - that he'd love to run around and play in the dog parks. He's not a huge fan of them. If he finds a compatible doggie friend he'll be content for a bit, but eventually he'll come over to me and whine to leave. He's happier just hanging out with me somewhere, or talking a nice walk where he can go off leash and explore and check in with me now and again.
05-14-2014 09:29 PM
sweetmalia
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She is a beautiful lady, and I really commend you for rescuing a senior! I'm so glad you were so receptive to the advice to pass on the dog park with her, it really did sound like she was scared to bits in there! I hope you both have many great years together - good luck and have fun!
Thanks kjdreyer!
05-11-2014 08:50 PM
kjdreyer She is a beautiful lady, and I really commend you for rescuing a senior! I'm so glad you were so receptive to the advice to pass on the dog park with her, it really did sound like she was scared to bits in there! I hope you both have many great years together - good luck and have fun!
05-11-2014 08:44 PM
sweetmalia Thank you Harry & Lola, the Vet also suggested supplements, so I purchased some dog food that has Glucosamine in it but it may not be enough concentration. I will be sure to buy some for her!
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