Does you dog need to play with other dogs to be fulfilled? - Page 2 - German Shepherd Dog Forums

Increase font size: 0, 10, 25, 50%

GermanShepherds.com is the premier German Shepherd Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
View Poll Results: Do dogs need to play with dogs to be a happy well rounded dog?
Yes 12 29.27%
No 26 63.41%
Undecided 3 7.32%
Voters: 41. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 12-23-2013, 03:17 PM   #11 (permalink)
Elite Member
 
Neko's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: St Petersburg
Posts: 1,561
Default

My pup CRIES in the car when we get near the park, he gets overwhelmed with joy when he sees that there is someone to play with. He loves to chaise other dogs especially a few we have been playing with regularly. It is not the same at the park if it's just us... he won't play ball... he walks along side the fence waiting for friends.
__________________
Ruby {aka Kati Von den Oher Tannen} - Red/Black 11-15-2013
Zeus {aka Ymka Von den Oher Tannen, CGC} - Red/Black 01-07-2013
Neko is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 12-23-2013, 03:37 PM   #12 (permalink)
Crowned Member
 
Sunflowers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The Sunshine State
Posts: 6,702
Default

I voted
__________________
Norden von Narnia (Hans) DOB 1-15-2012
Sunflowers is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-23-2013, 03:45 PM   #13 (permalink)
Crowned Member
 
llombardo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Illinois
Posts: 6,788
Default

Within the household and a select few outside of the home yes. I don't really care to be approached by people with dogs I don't know..it's just a recipe for disaster. I can't be 100 percent sure how there dogs would react or them for that matter. I have a big enough pack that they don't need that interaction, but they do like to play. Dog parks are out of the question. All of mine are fine with dogs running up to them, that I made sure of. I don't need my dogs trying to kill any approaching dogs, so they are trained to be neutral.
__________________
Misty- Samoyed Mix
Tannor- Golden Retriever CGC
Robyn- German Shepherd CGC
Midnite-German Shepherd CGC
Brennan- Golden Retriever



"A dog is the only thing on this earth that loves you
more than he loves himself."
llombardo is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-23-2013, 03:52 PM   #14 (permalink)
Master Member
 
David Taggart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 870
Default

One may start wondering - why dogs, and any other creatures need to play at all? Humans isn't an exception, young creatures try perfecting their skills necessary for survaval. Boys play the war, girls play mothers, and puppies and kittens play hunters. You can watch every day how your dog progresses in it. Puppy squabble and chase changes into rough game of still young grown-ups, imagining some other dog to be their prey, and a watchful eye of an adult, so selective about his favourite objects to hunt. All young dogs would progress better in ... I hesitate to call it a pack, because a group of dogs brought to the doggy park forcefully is not a pack. A pack lives, sleeps and eats together.All young dogs would progress better in a group. For the handler that's better: many chances to practice obedience. But, pleaser, don't expect the doggy park to continue forever. There are plenty of books on dogs' psychology telling one and the same - that your dog doesn't really need anybody but you. If...If you are the leader of the pack, if you are a true Caesar for your dog - he wouldn't need other dogs when he is 3 year old. His best companion would be you, even if you are completely disabled.
David Taggart is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-23-2013, 10:34 PM   #15 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Colorado
Posts: 231
Default

My personal opinion is that social interaction is for the most part beneficial to a fulfilling life for all species that have innate social drives, whether same species or human. My birds are very social and I encourage them to interact if they like. Same with the dogs. Dasher is very much into meeting and greeting dogs and people. He is very well behaved and would be missing out on something that is important to him if I felt he needed to be only devoted to me alone. We don't do dog parks, but we go hiking off leash in an area that is frequented by others with off leash dogs. He meets everyone, but then returns to me and we all chat a few and move on. Ultimately he is devoted to me, but this interaction enriches his life greatly and causes no issues.
Sasha is very much the same way, but not quite as motivated to interact. Neither of them shuns me to be with other dogs and they do retain their focus for the most part.
Running, moving sniffing meeting greeting seem very elemental to being a dog. I do not just let them run free with no discipline or training, they stay near my and respond, never leave my sight.
So its great!
__________________
Husband Bill, daughter Ashlyn 8
My animal family:
Dasher, GSD, 6 yrs
Sasha, GSD, 5 yr
Blitzen, shepX,9years
Max, Midori, MaiTai, and Cabo, macaws
3 kitties, Cat, Gary, Boots
Plus the fish and Bourkes parakeets
onyxena is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-24-2013, 12:31 AM   #16 (permalink)
Knighted Member
 
LARHAGE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Oak Hills, California
Posts: 2,067
Send a message via Yahoo to LARHAGE
Default

I don't think dogs NEED to be with other dogs but I feel they enjoy the interaction and comraderie of being a member of a pack, I have 6 dogs and never take them to dog parks, but since I am fortunate to have horse property my dogs spend a lot of time playing with each other as I do the chores , each of them idolizes me, but there is no question in my mind that they thoroughly enjoy playing with each other like a pack of dogs would, most dogs are social creatures if allowed to be so, in fact my young German Shepherd often times lays with my young filly in either her stall or turn out paddock if she's outside by herself, she loves to interact with both the other dogs and the horses.
__________________
INTCH, U-GRCH V Alta-Tollhaus Gavin schH3, UWP, KKL1a, OFA EXCELLENT, DM-Clear
MHDW ( Most Handsome Dog In World)




To err is human, to forgive, is canine.
LARHAGE is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-24-2013, 12:43 AM   #17 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 90
Default

No, my dog does not need to play with other dogs. She is not comfortable with other dogs so I don't put her in that position. She has me and that is all she needs to keep her healthy and happy.
BahCan is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-24-2013, 01:22 AM   #18 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
tottie86's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Australia
Posts: 262
Default

We have 3 dogs and my shepherd really loves playing with our Australian silky terriers and they love playing with him. If they come across other dogs when we are out, they generally don't play with them.




Sent from Petguide.com Free App

Last edited by tottie86; 12-24-2013 at 01:25 AM.
tottie86 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-24-2013, 01:35 AM   #19 (permalink)
Banned
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Jenkintown,Pa.
Posts: 15,199
Default

i have mixed feeling about a dog needing contact with other dogs.
i allow my dog to play with other dogs if they're friendly. there's
a section in the woods that we go to where people gather with
their dogs. sometimes there's 25 dogs running around. my dog
won't approach a dog or a person without a command.

i don't see where any harm is done having a friendly dog
or letting a dog play with other dogs.
doggiedad is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-24-2013, 01:40 AM   #20 (permalink)
Banned
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Jenkintown,Pa.
Posts: 15,199
Default

that's a training issue. the dog park is a great training tool.

[QUOTE=Neko;4715658]My pup CRIES in the car when we get near the park, he gets overwhelmed with joy when he sees that there is someone to play with. He loves to chaise other dogs especially a few we have been playing with regularly.

>>>>> It is not the same at the park if it's just us... he won't play ball... he walks along side the fence waiting for friends.<<<<< [/QUOTE]
doggiedad is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the German Shepherd Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:45 PM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.3.2
PetGuide.com
Basset.net DobermanTalk.com GoldenRetrieverForum.com OurBeagleWorld.com
BoxerForums.com DogForums.com GoPitbull.com PoodleForum.com
BulldogBreeds.com FishForums.com HavaneseForum.com SpoiledMaltese.com
CatForum.com GermanShepherds.com Labradoodle-dogs.net YorkieForum.com
Chihuahua-People.com RetrieverBreeds.com