- 4 years ago
- Wedding: July 2012
I have a 10 month old Jack Russell. She is an adorable ball of energy, mischief, attitude and incredibly smart. She is nervous around other dogs until we introduce and go through the “sniff-test” and then she’s tearing around with them and having a great time.
We just started taking her to the dog park this week to burn off some of her pent up energy. We don’t have a fence around our yard, so it’s very nice that she can run off-lead at the park.
The first night we had a bad experience with another Jack Russell, come to find out the owner said he is showing signs of aggression towards other dogs and isn’t socializing properly and she is working with a trainer because of this. (I’m not 100% sure why she brought him to the dog park, maybe she hoped they’d be alone?) Anyway, it was no big deal, she decided he wasn’t being friendly and took him home. We played alone then and had a great time throwing the ball and playing on the trails.
The next night, there was a large pit-mix and another shepherd-mix there with one owner. I approached the owner, asked if they liked dogs, and if we may come in and play. She said “oh yeah, they love dogs, if they get too rough I’ll take them home”. We played with them for almost an hour, they were playing so well together. It actually looked real funny to see my 20 lb dog running around with these HUGE dogs, but anyway, it was real cute and they were getting along well and tails were wagging on everyone. My dog decided to “play” and bowed down to the pit-mix, then went side to side and took off like “chase me!” So he did, because he’s a dog and that’s what dogs do. And he caught up to her, real quick! She didn’t know what to do, so she layed flat on the ground and started yelping and howling/crying. The pit-mix was sniffing at her like “what’s your problem? are you okay?” which was just scaring her more. I just asked the other owner, “can you grab his harness?” she did, and I let my dog have a minute to process what just happened. Then, the pit kept trying to come back and sniff her more and was trying to get toward her…she didn’t appreciate that, so we just had to leave.
Questions…why did she lay flat on the ground and yelp/cry, even if she wasn’t hurt? The dog was clearly nice and it was very well trained and listened to the owner well, I wasn’t worried in the least that he would harm her. Why do dogs play nice together and then all of a sudden decide they don’t like the other anymore?
I’m a first time dog parent, so I don’t really know what to expect at the dog park. I truly like it when we are alone so we can throw the ball really far and play fetch…but I also think it’s good to socialize her with other dogs.
Am I going to be stressed every time that I go to the park? The last two times have been stressful!