Thinking of joining the anti dog park bandwagon
So something I do notice here, is there seems to be an anti dog park mentality in these forums. Everyone here has reasonable reasons for why they are anti dog park but I have been having a tough time adjusting to this mentality.
Lobo, now 2 years old has calmed down a bit but still has his moments. Last week I went to the dog park and Lobo was just like his one year old self, running around, playing with all of the dogs, though he was surprisingly gentle considering his usual rough housing methods. It was fun and everyone was happy.
Today, completely different story. Lobo and all the dogs were all super reactive today. Maybe a female was in heat nearby. A lot of inact males present too and stereotypical "aggressive" breeds. An American Bulldog, fighting breed mix, two GSDs, an unknown mix, and a Boxer were present. For some reason, every five minutes, growling and snarling was going on. Surprisingly, Lobo was involved in very few of these. Yet at least three brief dog fights happened. Throughout the day there was dogs snapping at each other back and forth.
However, the following events were partly my fault. I grabbed a big tree branch, and had every dog's attention, I then threw it, not knowing it would set off one of the GSD's recourse guarding. Lobo and this GSD started tugging with the branch and they were both snarling and growling and the GSD's owner negatively reacted to this and took the branch and threw it somewhere else. This probably put the GSD into fighting mode. First, a GSD vs. the fighting breed mix, then he challenged the Boxer. GSD growled and snapped at a friendly GSD but the friendly GSD didn't fight back. He then challenged the Bulldog. Lobo again aside from barking and telling them to stop did not jump in. Then the Boxer went at it with the Bulldog and that's when I leashed up Lobo and said it's time to leave the park as this is just a terrible situation.
I mean Lobo doesn't need to be exposed to this as it is bad socialization, and it seemed to almost traumatize him. He didn't let any dog near him except the friendly GSD.
Long story short, terrible day at the dog park.
Lobo-2 Year Old German Shepherd Mix(?)
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