Dog Park Etiquette
Hello, my pup is 4 1/2 months old, and we've had her since 7 weeks. We were told by the shelter that she is a Rott-GS mix, but no one (vet, trainer, breeder) can find a trace of Rott in her. So we just consider her a GS.
Anyway, my questions concern dog park etiquette, and when I should get involved. It's alot like kids in that I want her to handle things on her own to learn to interact with other dogs, but at the same time I don't want her to have bad experiences and either be scared, or become aggressive toward other dogs.
When the larger (adult labs & pit sized dogs) come running up to her, she gets scared and tries to run away but they follow her. If they just amble up to her casually she's alright. Usually, when she tries to get away, we get away alright, but today there was this 8 month old dog (looked like a small herding type-can't think of the breed) that was aggressive about trying to play and hump her. I ended up picking up Seven (my pup) and carrying her away.
Obviously, I won't be able to carry her away forever, so I need to figure out how to deal with it. I thought about bopping the other dog on the nose, but wasn't sure that would be acceptable.