Having problem with another dog.
I have taken my 7 month old GSD to a local dog park to ensure socialization is happening early. My male pup is a very confident and playful dog who shows no dominance or aggressive traits(no neutered yet, but I have an appt. in a week or so). In fact, most people he comes across exclaim that he is a very well behaved dog.
Well, I recently have an issue with a Jack Russell at the dog park. He has attacked my dog twice without provoking, luckily no major damage or injury has occurred to my dog because he goes for the muzzle and jowls. Both cases, my pup is curious and sniffs close to this dogs face, and without even a warning growl or sound, the dog lunges and latches on. I've broken the terrier off twice now.
The owner is apologetic, but after the second time, I'm pretty frustrated that this guy keeps bringing his dogs(two Jack Russells) or fails to muzzle the one. This owner tells me he is seeing a behaviorist about this, so I know this isn't just a isolated case of my dog being a target. I think this terrier has some issues because of a younger sibling in the mix, but it is hard to tell.
I still want to go to the park, and not traumatize my dog. I did not immediately leave the park after both incidents, so I'm giving my dog the ability to "snap back" and play. I also want this other dog to be able to find some balance, but I find no support from other owners that have witnessed the issue. I know these Jack Russells have been coming to the park long before I have, but I find other owners being more sympathetic with this man instead of me with this situation.
I don't know what to do ... Should I leave the park if they show up? Isolate my dog away from them? Report this guy and push the issue because their are rules governing this park about aggression? I have extreme patience, and believe in having complete control over your dog and who and what they interact with. I'm just looking for some advice or feedback.
Axel "Foley" GSD 1/23/11 ~
Dogs can't speak, so they don't understand us. Dogs learn because we allow ourselves to understand them.