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kalinoodlesoup
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Tell us about yourself: I live in Ontario, Canada with my mom, and our dog named Kali. We rescued Kali 2 years ago, and have no information about her life prior to us.

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Post by kalinoodlesoup »

A new dog park opened up in my town recently. I've taken my dog Kali twice so far. She seems to like it quite a bit, but I'm wondering if we can do something to help her be a little more friendly. She is VERY protective of my and my family, and won't let any dogs get near us usually. I'm just wonder how your dogs do at the dog park, and if you have any advice.

Thanks, Kalinoodlesoup
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ladyjubilee
Training Dog
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Tell us about yourself: Sharing life with Bramble Dutch Shepherd mix (?) and Casper Whippet/Pit Bull (????) mix

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Post by ladyjubilee »

I don't take Bramble to dog parks. Closest we've gotten is working obedience on the road to the park.

The risk isn't worth the reward for me. One incident and not only could Bramble be hurt, or catch some bug (germ kind or flea kind), but then we'd be without the work she does.

Plus Bramble is still dog reactive when she isn't in work mode.

But again Bramble is training to be a service dog so our risk reward calculation is a little different.
Pack: Peanuts-terrier mix, 16-18 years old, Bramble-Dutch Shepherd, 3 yrs
Location: NC

TimL_168
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Tell us about yourself: I am: a father of 2 boys, a carpenter, hunter, runner. We have extensive experience with sled dogs, shepherd mixes, a wolf hybrid, and our current dog a 95# long haired Shiloh Shepherd. We added Endeavor in April 2016. She was not working out in HRD. I train for game recovery and general utility.
Location: central MD

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Post by TimL_168 »

A lot of us here have an unpopular perspective on dog parks.
I took my Shiloh Shepherd to a dog park for a short time when she was younger. There were a few very gory dog fights resulting from negligent owners with dogs that had no reason to be there off leash and un-muzzled. My dog Aurora, was easy going and gregarious. There were precious few owners there that watched their dogs for signs of mood change. Also, Aurora contracted two separate communicable diseases while we were frequenting the dog park.
I love to let Endeavor have down time to run and play with another dog. I think a lot of us here do that by finding just one or two dogs & owners that our dogs naturally flow with.
I reckon the most important thing I can say is to not let the dog park be the pinnacle of your dogs existence. Your dog should always look at you as the most interesting thing around. It's tedious to build that engagement. And it's ongoing. My only advice is to never let the dog park take the place of your own time with your dog.
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ladyjubilee
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I'm terrible at catching mood changes. I miss those ears going up, then respond too late.
Pack: Peanuts-terrier mix, 16-18 years old, Bramble-Dutch Shepherd, 3 yrs
Location: NC

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SEL
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Tell us about yourself: I live in Arizona and have an 8 year old female DS and 2 to 3 year old male DS mix

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I don't take my dogs to dog parks. I only ever took Idna maybe 3 times and it was when we were on our way to somewhere and I needed to stop and let her do her business quickly (which she won't always do quickly when on leash). Even just those few times were not good experiences. I can't believe some of the stuff I saw and how people pay no attention to their dogs! Also, neither Idna or Laszlo are interested in playing with other dogs. They like to greet them, but then that's about it. I prefer to take them to the neighborhood park where they can chase a ball or play with a tug and I can do some training exercises too. Also agree with Tim's points about building that engagement with your dog. It's been really important with Laszlo, the jumpy boy. Right after I got him, the first two times we went to the park he lunged at a scooter and also tried to put his front paws up on the back of a giant Schnauzer. Now he doesn't react to scooters and is way more interested in playing with his human than interacting with any dog. Not that he's perfect now, but he has improved since I got him.
Idna (8 yrs) & Laszlo (2-3 yrs) in AZ

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Laplaiefier
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Tell us about yourself: Dogs are a good reflection of their owners?
LOL I must be hardheaded and stubborn.
I guess before and after results with dogs tend to show the effort put into them.
Location: California, USA

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Post by Laplaiefier »

Sheesh...I have this vision of dogs playing, Rocket playing and suddenly a happy dog comes running over and jumps up on me.
Play time over. Mr Hyde and Taz are back.

ICE
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Post by ICE »

Perfect timing for this article....

https://www.collared-scholar.com/play-s ... periences/
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PhillipJFry
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Post by PhillipJFry »

Used to take Grace to the dog park by me. Haven't been back since she was calmly sitting next to me and another dog ran up to pick a fight with her. The other dog, a shepherd mix of some kind, just came bolting over and bit her paw as Grace reared back. She needed 4 staples to close up the wound. She was miserable with her cone of shame on for two weeks. We just do dog daycare now, the actual monetary cost is worth her getting to play/socialize/whatever in a controlled environment with known dogs.
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SEL
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Tell us about yourself: I live in Arizona and have an 8 year old female DS and 2 to 3 year old male DS mix

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Post by SEL »

The collared scholar article is great. This part really stood out to me: "Unstructured play at dog parks and doggy daycare was the LEADING CAUSE of reactivity in my clients."
I also really like Michael Ellis' video on using dog parks to proof obedience. I'd like to try this out with Laszlo at some point.
Idna (8 yrs) & Laszlo (2-3 yrs) in AZ

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