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|05-20-2014 02:24 PM|
Originally Posted by Chip18 View Post
I took Bonnie to the Basic Obedience class last night and one of the first things the instructor said was that the dogs have been socialized by now and that they should learn to ignore other dogs. This is just another reason for me to stop going to the dog park.
|05-19-2014 12:55 AM|
Originally Posted by nezzz View Post
My dogs never ran around out of my control with a pack of dogs!" with this attitude:
My guy is an OS GSD 125lbs, way out of spec for a GSD but more than enough to put a hurting on, JQP! If I had to say "Stay or Down" I can't "afford" to have him blowing me off!
Running with a pack of Dogs in a Dog Park, he could have thought that would "I" said was "negotiable"... it's not!
Pretty much as simple as that.
|05-19-2014 12:45 AM|
After what happened to my thankfully very forgiving golden, I am just avoiding dog parks period. He was very quick to hit the dirt when he was getting chased or other dogs were trying to bully him. It was the worst when he was starting to hit puberty because I left him intact until he was about 13 months old. I got extremely lucky with my boy. Even if he often found himself getting targeted and pinned for no obvious reason, he is the safest dog that I own with other dogs. I can rely on Myles 100% to be appropriate and read other dogs very well. But he's a really mellow and easy going golden.
If I took my shepherd pup to one of those places, I'd have more trouble than I am having right now with his annoying behavior. He can eventually learn to ignore dogs we go out hiking with, and the longer he is around them the more that he sees them as "pack" and the less trouble I have. However if someone tries to be a jerk to him, he will fight back and that just spells trouble for what I'm attempting to convince him is appropriate doggie etiquette. He has come a long way in the last few weeks, and I am seeing more good than bad behavior, but it has been a constant "battle".
I am just glad my golden was such a forgiving boy. My roommate battled with reactivity with his lab something bad and it took a few years of REALLY drilling it into his head before he made avoidance his main way of dealing with strange dogs. All from getting into some fights simply for walking into the dog park as a young dog with nuggets.
|05-18-2014 11:50 PM|
I love taking my pup to the dog park now, its a good way for her to socialise with other dogs and meet new experiences. But there will be a time when she won't be able to go but its not at the moment. At 4.5 months she is the youngest there but she's playing with dogs older and larger than her and doesn't get bullied and she knows her boundaries too when it comes to nipping. I'm just letting her be a puppy now, there will be time for her to grow up but its not now.
When she gets larger and near adult size, she will start to overpower all dogs around and thats when I will stop bringing her there. At that point she will probably be socialising with the dogs in her obedience classes where training is more focused and the GSDs are almost of similar size.
|05-18-2014 06:20 PM|
Originally Posted by Bonzay View Post
At that age my husband and I walked her morning and evening as well... Until she looked bored and uninterested. We stuck to dirt and grass for her joints. I also found that training tires them out pretty well. Any time I teach her something new and her attention was fully on me... It knocks her out. At that age I gave her a kong with a snack inside too on occasion. Also, you can engage on walks if you don't already. Work on a good attention command, give it, and reward the eye contact. It will also help with recall to have one word used to snap them out of their trance.
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|05-18-2014 06:15 PM|
Originally Posted by Harry and Lola View Post
|05-18-2014 05:57 PM|
I appreciate everybody's response, thank you very much!
Originally Posted by Mishka&Milo View Post
Now, how do I get rid of all the puppy energy? I walk her at least 90 minutes a day (morning and evening) and I try to teach her fetch in the backyard, but she doesn't care too much... yet?
|05-18-2014 04:32 PM|
Rafi is very well trained and we sometimes go to the dog park, just because it's a fun and pretty place to walk. This particular park works: people control their dogs and it's big enough so the dogs don't feel cramped.
I will say that I have known a lot of gsds who do not do well in dog parks because they have a strong pack mentality and are rough players and also love to herd. So it can be a bad combo. But some do just fine.
My conclusion: Not all dog parks are the same and not all dogs do well (or poorly) in dog parks so I always say, "Know your dog and know your dog park." If you are at all uncomfortable with the dynamic in a park then stop going there and if you are at all uncomfortable with your dog's behavior in a dog park then stop taking her or him until you can address that behavior.
|05-18-2014 12:25 PM|
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|05-18-2014 12:21 PM|
Originally Posted by Mishka&Milo View Post
If your dog starts getting picked on or becomes a chew toy, then "you" wind up with "problems" you have to fix!
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