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Old 12-23-2013, 02:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Does you dog need to play with other dogs to be fulfilled?

With dog park threads popping up again, I would like to know how many people feel their dog(s) need playtime with other dogs to be a happy well rounded dog.
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Old 12-23-2013, 02:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Definitely not. I prefer a dog that completely ignores other dogs they don't know.
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Old 12-23-2013, 02:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My dog seems to love ANY attention, human or dog. She loves playing with other dogs but seems just as content to play with humans. She wants to be doing something 100% of the time and never seems to wear out though. Basically you should always be focused on her, tugging, throwing, running etc.
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Old 12-23-2013, 02:17 PM   #4 (permalink)
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And to add to my comment, I don't even think dogs needs to do the nose to nose hello on walks that so many people want to do with their dogs.

Some guy came up to while I was walking my dogs the other day. He's got his standard poodle type dog on a flexi leash. Asks if his dog can say hello. I, in the nicest way possible, say no thanks. He gives me a weird look and says "oh, so you want your dogs to be mean". I just brush it off and keep it moving.

This is the common way of thinking. I just don't get why everyone thinks that every dog needs to meet each other. I don't walk up to everyone I see walking down the street and shake their hands and introduce myself. Why are dogs any different?
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Old 12-23-2013, 02:26 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Nope. My dog doesn't need doggie friends. I do not get that way of thinking. He does get to "play" every now and then with my neighbors lab who he really likes and I trust. But he walks side by side with him on walks all the time (we walk together a lot) and they ignore each other. It's been great for training every since they were both pups.

He thinks I'm the best thing EVER. He has done without play dates and dog parks his whole life and is a well rounded dog who is a pleasure to own.
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Old 12-23-2013, 02:26 PM   #6 (permalink)
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My dog loves to meet other dogs, at least get the sniff in. Unfortunately most of the dog parks in my area are closed and fenced and the people have bad attitudes so we don't go. There is one very small unfenced area in a larger park. The kids are fenced in their area! My dog does very well here, in the unfenced park and the people are super nice.
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Not at all - Keeta is a social misfit, and doesn't know how to play nicely, so no social interaction for her.

Gryffon isn't interested in other dogs - may go and sniff noses if given the opportunity, but definitely more interested in his pack (me) than in some unknown dog.
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Old 12-23-2013, 02:39 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Delgado is a very social dog, he LOVES to play with other dogs. He's the type of dog that would be very lonely as an only dog so I would say yes that playdates are important to him. I can satisfy his needs pretty well and he's content but the excitement when we pull up to my parents or one of his friends walks through the door is just fun to watch. I'd miss seeing that spark for sure. He doesn't even greet my parents, he just runs for the side door which leads to the dog run and waits for Samson their labradoodle to join him lol

Jazzy on the other hand couldn't care less if she never saw another dog for the rest of her life. She prefers human company

Delgado obviously wouldn't die of heartbreak if all his playdates ceased but he would be very sad, that's for sure. His playdates are with family or friend's dogs so I know and trust them all
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Old 12-23-2013, 02:43 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Ward loves to play with other dogs - he gets supervised "pack play" daily at our training club with dogs he knows, but I wouldn't take him to a dog park. He kinda tunes me out when he's playing hard anyhow so it wouldn't really be safe with dogs I don't trust.
If he didn't play with other dogs, I don't think it'd make a difference anyhow! He loves his people and I gotta admit, we are pretty fun lol


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Old 12-23-2013, 02:59 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I have 3, they can play with each other if they want. Ranger does get to mingle at training class, he's a social butterfly, the girls don't seem to care one way or another, they'd rather play fetch or some other game.
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