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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-18-2009, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
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First time at the dog park..How to introduce him ?

They just opened a dog park near my home. I wanted to take my GSD there. He's 7 now... he's had some socialization... lots of walks ... puppy classes long ago... and alot of people interaction at my home.
Is there a certain way to introduce him to the park??
I thought i'd take him there and keep him on 1 side of the fence and see how he acted... then maybe the next time i'd take him inside.
Should i leave his leash on him ??
keep him right next to me ??
or just let him run like most owners do ?

i'm both curious and concerned about how this will play out.

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Re: First time at the dog park..How to introduce h

How does he react when he sees/meets other dogs? How much recent dog socialization has he had? Has he ever been in an off leash situation with other dogs?

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Re: First time at the dog park..How to introduce h

How good is your long recall, especially with distractions?
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Re: First time at the dog park..How to introduce h

He doesn't pay much attention ... gives thema sniff and that's about it ...
I took him to my friends house .... he has a jug (jackrussell/pug)... and raider didn't bother much with him ... though the little one was lunging and barking at him.
No ... he's never been off leash around other dogs.

My long recall is usually good... but that's mostly in our back yard... though there are dogs on both sides of me... he still comes.

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