(Closed) Trouble at the dog park.

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
239 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Don’t take her to the dog park. Seriously, if being there makes her uncomfortable, what’s the point? Find some other place for her to stretch her legs. 

Also, what if she attacks another dog and hurts it? Are you prepared to pay for the other dog’s vet bills? Are you ready to put her down if the other dog’s owner gets in the way and is bit? Even if it she’s only warning other dogs away from her hind end and she doesn’t mean any real harm, accidents happen.

Post # 4
808 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

call a professional trainer…this behaviour can be trained out of her (positive training) and she will be fine.

In the mean time I wouldn’t take her down there, take her for walks on the lead somewhere else.

Post # 5
4327 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

She may have an impacted anal gland. Have a vet take a look. An expression may make her feel better.

Post # 6
8487 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

@LittleSu:  +1 My main problem with dog parks is people taking dogs that could potentially cause problems. Way too much can happen. If your dog is not comfortable with being there, then dont take her.

Post # 7
2607 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Is there a time of day that you can bring her where there would only be a few dogs?  She may feels less overwhelmed if there isn’t a large crowd, at least until she gets more comfortable.  If that doesn’t seem to work, perhaps you could arrange a playdate or two with just one or two dogs she is comfortable with to help build her confidence back up.

Also, is she comfortable with the other dogs UNTIL they try to sniff?  If so, @JulesSchnooks‘s suggestion that she may have an impacted anal gland or something else in the area making her sensitive. 

Post # 9
2607 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

@MissNoodles:  If anyone else has used postive techniques to assist with a similar problem, I’d love to hear what worked for you.

I haven’t had personal experience with this problem, but I believe there has been an episode or two of “It’s Me or the Dog” where Victoria deals with dog park stuff.  Might be worth checking out to see if you can find the episode online.

Post # 11
3050 posts
Sugar bee

@MissNoodles:  Stopping forever should be a possible solution. Not all dogs are good in that kind of setting. When my dog was a puppy he LOVED going. He was attacked by a much larger dog and after that we stick to having dog friends come over.

My dog before him was an adult rescue who had never been socialized. I liked going to the dog park, but after a little while I realized I was going more for me than him. He was stressed and unhappy the whole time.

Dog parks can be good, but should only be frequented by dogs without behavior issues and dogs who really like to run and play and are not scared of the interaction.

Post # 12
5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

She is protective of her knee. She just needs to learn how to play again and being a dog park with a bunch of other dogs may make her feel very vulnerable and protective since she doesn’t want to get hurt again. Do you have a any friends with dogs? I would try doing small play dates to get her used to playing again after her injury and learning her limits. 

Post # 13
13101 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@mamadingdong:  Agreed.  Not all dogs are good with dog parks and that is totally okay!  OP – now that you are seeing that you dog isn’t happy in that environment, stop taking her!  There are plenty of ways to have a socialized dog without a dog park.

Post # 14
2638 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

I think you could start with some basic stuff, like treats every time she meets a new dog on a walk or rewarding positive behavior at the dog park. Maybe try to ease her into it during the off-peak hours so it’s less overwhelming? Or see what happens at a different park?

Post # 16
3050 posts
Sugar bee

I never said not to try. Just said not to force it. Do what you will. 

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