- 4 years ago
- Wedding: June 2014
Hi bees! I’ve had a lot of puppy questions lately as we brought home a boxer pup in July and he’s our first furbaby.
I’m hoping dog moms can help me with some questions. I have avoided dog parks like the plague until about a week ago when our little man turned 19 weeks old (got his last set of shots at 16 weeks but I wanted to give it a few weeks to set in).
Now that he’s vaccinated, we went twice earlier this week, and then took him there again tonight since he finally got his little cast off (separate post). I think it’s important to bring him and socialize him 1) because we’re living in a city apartment for a year and he needs a lot of exercise and 2) boxers can be CRAYYYZYYYY if they aren’t properly socialized. We’re also bring him to puppy obedience class and doing puppy socialization play groups.
In our 3 trips to the dog park, some weird behavior has happened and I honestly don’t know if it’s totally normal or totally weird. Hoping some other dog moms can help me out here….
-It seems like every male dog wants to hump our 4.5 month old boxer. Other moms/dads constantly have to chase their dog to stop it/pull their dogs off, and I’m starting to feel bad for them for having to spend their time running after their dogs – should I not be bringing our pup there at that age/is he enticing the older dogs? I have been told many times that 4.5 months is totally fine for a puppy to visit the park but now I’m not so sure. Tonight, there was another boxer (with a super awesome dog dad) and his boxer wouldn’t stop humping ours so he headed home for the night, and I don’t think it was because his puppy was tired out. We felt REALLY bad.
-We’ve run into 2 dogs where the second we walk into the park, the dog just goes for our puppy’s throat. Growling, wanting to attack, the whole shebang (NOT playing). The other parents at our park are great and are always there watching and have pulled their dogs away…and in the other dog’s defense, their dogs have been totally fine with other dogs, our puppy just sets them off for some reason. Is it age? Do some dogs just not mesh? What am I supposed to do in those situations?
-There is a separate fenced in area for “small dogs” and “puppies” and we’ve gone in there when some much larger/aggressive dogs have joined the “big dog” area and made us a little nervous, but 2 out of the 3 times we were there a “big dog” owner has just opened the gate to make a giant play area…is this normal? I’m 100% Ok with our boxer playing with bigger dogs (heck, he’ll be a huge dog when he’s fully grown) but only if they play nice while he’s a puppy…this one to me seemed really weird.
-When we have gone to enter the park when other dog owners are there, they all stare at my husband and I. This may sound stupid, but are we supposed to say “Oh he plays nice!” or “He’s friendly!”. No one asks questions or introduces themselves to us or even says hi, they just stare and scrutinize our pup. Are they just making sure he’ll be OK to play with? Once our puppy is in there they are super nice and we all chat, but it’s just so weird walking up to the park when we don’t see familiar faces.
These questions might sound ridiculous to some people but I honestly am looking for information/advice and the Bee is so unbiased with this kind of stuff…any words of wisdom/advice on etiquette would be greatly appreciated!!! If I’m the one “doing the dog park wrong” I would really like to know so I can make sure we are following proper etiquette.