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Younger dogs at the park

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Laura041, Mar 31, 2021.

  1. Laura041

    Laura041 PetForums Newbie

    Nov 13, 2019
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    I am having daily issues with younger dogs at the park and owners telling me off/ labeling my dog as unfriendly.

    One dog (a lurcher mix) is let off the lead and runs over to every dog at full speed- my dog will accept it coming over but after a few minutes of it in his face I can see he gets a bit tense so I call him away and we walk off. At one point my dog was lying down with a ball and the dog came running over at full speed behind my dog so I blocked it and said No, this caused a massive argument with his owner!

    I was trying to prevent a fight with a dog that I think has no boundaries, especially as my dog was exhausted and had a ball which he may guard.

    A few days ago a puppy was let off the lead and followed my dog around for 15 mins, he ignored it but when he sat down the puppy started to lick his face and jump over him- my dog snapped at him and walked to me. I instantly put him on a lead, the puppy didn't cry out or seem afraid but the owners were not impressed. (I did say sorry)

    My dog is nearly 2 and is not dog orientated (which I wanted) he has a small group of dogs he loves and will play with, others he will greet and walk on. Its getting a bit stressful walking him now and I'm a bit sad my dog is being labeled as a problem dog at the park, but maybe he is?
  2. LinznMilly

    LinznMilly Moderator
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    Jun 24, 2011
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    Your dog is fine. Other owners shouldn't be letting their dogs approach him or you.

    I wouldn't be walking him in the park. I tend to try and avoid the parks around here for exactly this reason. If you can't try to go early in the morning or late at night. And carry a stick or an umbrella (thoroughly desensitise your dog to the umbrella first). Swinging one of these in the general direction of an approaching dog may galvanise the moronic owner to retrieve their PITA dog from approaching yours.
    SusieRainbow, Lurcherlad and O2.0 like this.
  3. O2.0

    O2.0 PetForums VIP

    May 23, 2018
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    As above :) Your dog is not the problem, the rude space invader dogs are.
    I wouldn't let your dog have to deal with rude dogs, don't be shy about seeing them off yourself. I have a dog who's very tolerant of puppies but I don't make him put up with my other dog harassing him for 15 minutes, let alone a strange dog.

    Teach your dog to get behind you or in between your legs and teach him to let you handle the rude dogs. A walking stick is a great deterrent ;)
    Alternatively, drop a handful of treats scattered on the ground, let the other dog busy himself with the treats, and you make your exit :)
  4. Lurcherlad

    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

    Jan 5, 2013
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    Report the issue to the Dog Warden. They should then monitor the park and speak to the owners of nuisance dogs and remind them of Dog Law and their responsibilities.

    You are doing nothing wrong but it is easier all round if you can avoid these idiots if at all possible.

    I head off in the opposite direction at first sight of a numpty. Heading for an exit to a road (with their dog following and me giving the impression I’m not stopping - I would ;)) tends to get them to retrieve their dog.

    I do ask owners politely at first and explain that my dog doesn’t enjoy being jumped on or licked, etc.

    The perceived “threat” of a hiking pole also tends to galvanise owners to get their dogs away.
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  5. Ian246

    Ian246 PetForums VIP

    Oct 27, 2018
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    I agree with all the above. Your priority is your dog. What the other owners think is incidental, frankly, and I’d try not to worry about it.
    Many dogs (mine included) do not like strange dogs bounding up to them like they’re long lost friends (imagine if humans did the same?! :eek:) and all your dog has done is give the interlopers a doggy warning - growling or, if necessary, snapping is just a dog’s way of saying ‘back off, I’m not interested in being your new best friend’. It’s not ‘aggressive’, it’s just how dogs communicate. Try explaining that to the idiot owners who think their dog ‘just wants to be friends’ and - who knows - between us all, we might get some of these muppets to start thinking a bit. ;)
    Look after your dig and try not to worry about the other folks’ dogs - that’s their problem. You could even suggest that they join this forum and we’ll put them right! :)
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