(Closed) Dog Park Behavior…

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Don’t worry, she’s just vocal and got a little scared when things got intense.

I go to the dog park 6 days a week for at least an hour and consider myself a dog park expert now. πŸ˜‰ the shy, yelping dogs usually just need some confidence, which just means going often and rewarding good playing. And sometimes it also means letting things play out. It may sound like she’s being tortured but if the other dog is not showing any aggression and she’s not being physically hurt, stepping back and letting her realize for herself “hey, im okay” might be good for her. If she is particularly scared of a certain dog, try and play on the other side of the park and call her happily to a different area with a distracting toy or treat. if they feel you’re scared they will pick up on it and get scared too. Mine is petrified of German shepherds for some reason so instead of freaking out, scooping her up and leaving when one comes in, we just try and avoid them while playing a game.

 

long story short, don’t stress so much! She may be loud but it seems like she’s enjoying playing with other dogs. You’ll see her improve as she learns how to interact, there’s nothing better for socialization and learning than the dog park, keep it up! πŸ™‚ 

 

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Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

My dog is a young puppy and shes a huge girl.  She is a pit mix…  She gets very very excited to see new people and dogs.  But, dogs especially will freak her out.  She will always look to me for help and looses confidence quickly.  Don’t know if that helped you or not but thats what mine does.

Post # 19
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Helper bee

I second the suggestion of taking a puppy class. Our dog learned to play with puppies of all sizes there. He had two boxers in his class that were much bigger than he was, and they taught him how to handle rough play. He can play rough with the bigger dogs and he plays down to the little dogs level.

Post # 21
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

It is definitely a sign of submission and most puppies do it. But with that said, I would take my Springer to the park all the time, then after awhile I noticed a lot of people coming to the park with their dogs that are a bit more rough, don’t pay attention (on their phones), don’t know their dogs (they might be house sitting or have just been adopted)..etc. that I decided to stop going and to just go on long walks with her. There were to many incidents where she had been roughed up that I just don’t trust other people and their dogs. I’ve even witnessed a big dog (husky) accidentally kill a little dog (pomerian). I would just precede with causion, especially with a smaller dog. 

Post # 22
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Helper bee

Oh, that sucks that you don’t have a place that offers classes. Do you have friends with dogs that you trust? At least with your friends’ dogs you wouldn’t have to worry about whether or not they have their shots.

I’m iffy on dog parks. Like Carrie2979, I’ve noticed the people who are usually there do not have well behaved dogs. I don’t trust those dogs. As a puppy, our dog was bitten by a mean dog there. The lady had been yelling at her dog the entire time and pulling him off other dogs. When our dog got bit, she took her dog and left without saying a word. Sucked, but that is how he learned that not all dogs are nice dogs. When we do go there I am very cautious of the other dogs.

Post # 23
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Worker bee

 

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MrsD41503:  Your dog sounds an awful lot like my dog who is a terrier mix/baby skunk/we have no idea because he was a rescue.  My dog is also high energy and it takes a while for them to assert themselves when they are puppies but once you start socializing him more you’ll notice that he will learn how to deal with bigger dogs and more aggressive dogs.  We take our dog to dog beach/park several times a month and he still will not allow big dogs to chase him.  He will turn around and check them real quick if they do.  He also used to do the submission thing with dramatic squeals you were talking about.  He will happily chase the bigger dogs though!  He now also steal tennis balls from larger dogs (last week it was a giant german shepard :/) I know it’s nerve wrecking socialixing them but starting early will set your dog up to know how to behave and know how to be treated by other dogs and that’s important. 

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

JRTs have HUGE personalities on them anyway so it’s not abnormal for me to hear that she was being vocal about what she wanted or wasn’t comfortable with!  Ours “talks” to us in grumbles and various noises all the time, but he will also roll over and be submissive to certain dogs during playtime.  It’s ok πŸ™‚ just make sure you keep going and reward her for being confident and playing well!

Gratituous pics of our wirehaired Jack Russell πŸ™‚

Post # 25
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Sugar bee

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MrsD41503:  Agreed your dog was being submissive.

My dog use to be terrified of bigger dogs, we had to have my friends husky lay down and that is the only way she would approach him, as soon as he got up to play she would take off crying.

Then she was fine with him and we started taking her to the dog park. She was ok for the most part but would get overwhelmed when multiple dogs chased her and she would either get snappy (not biting) or cry. When that would happen we would stop it and call her over and let every one calm down.

Now we take her a few times a week and she has no problems. She doesnt get overwhelmed and she loves playing with her great dane friends. 

Post # 28
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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MrsD41503:  i know for a fact she is 50% blue heeler (I know, she doesn’t look it but I saw her mom and she has major herding instinct), and my guess is the other half is airdale terrier. She absolutely LOVES frisbee! She wouldn’t even look at them four months ago, then one day she was sort of playing with one just on the ground so I threw it and she chased it a little. We went from playing fetch to rewarding her when she tried to catch it, and eventually she started catching it more and more. Now she does flips and jumps and little tricks for her frisbee! Such a character. πŸ™‚

 

i never bring a water dish, she likes to splash in it so there’d be no point lol. I see a few people that do, but our park has two low dog waterers that are great, like little fountains so the water is always cool and fresh. I don’t think sharing germs is an issue at all.

 

im so sad to hear how awful your guys’ parks are! I do suggest visiting all the parks in your area. There’s three by my house and one of them has more aggressive dogs for some reason, and the other isn’t as nice of a space. The one we go to has very responsible owners and great dogs, I know some of them by name now. Maybe there’s another one around that would suit you and your dog best Because I’ve found that they do all have their own atmosphere.

Post # 30
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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h00per:  We have the same problem! We have a pitt-boxer mix that is super friendly and LOVES to play! We also have a Doberman (super sweet and with floppy ears she does not look scary at all!)

Well last time we went to the dog park there was a big Rottweiler who was being playful but very aggressive as well. When he acted agressive to Scarlett our Doberman (had her cornered under a bench) , she did a little growl at him (just communicating) and everyone sitting there said “Oh how cute! She is telling you to back off and leave her alone! How cute!”

Well a little while later the same thing happened with Gunnar, our Pitt-Boxer. The same aggressive Rottweiler had him cornered under the same bench and he did the SAME growl that our other dog did, but this time everyone, particularly the Rottweilers owner, started screaming at us. It was just a “Hey back off” growl, thats it. And the other dog was being relentlessly aggressive. Well then and teher we decided, same as you did that it is because of his breed.

Even though he acted the SAME as our other dog (who people thought was “cute”), he is apparently a menace because he is part Pitt. It makes me sad because they really play great with other dogs, but now we are uncomfortable taking them to the dog park.

 

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