at the Dog Park
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Bed n Bones
you ever wonder how safe you and your dog are
at the neighborhood dog park? This is a valid
question and one where precautions are warranted.
need to know your dog first and foremost. Is your
dog the happy-go-lucky lab that loves everyone
and everything, the feisty jack russell that will
tolerate very little, the border collie that believes
real fun only comes when rounding up every dog
in the park, or the boxer that wants to jump up
and box every dog in the face and the list goes
dog has behaviors it can tolerate and a limit
to how much it will take. It is critical to pay
attention to cut-off signals in dogs. This is
the behavior that one dog tells another that it
is done playing, sniffing, whatever. It can be
to stop suddenly in the middle of play, go and
get a drink of water, come stand next to their
owner or a myriad of other subtle changes. When
your dog says he is through, step in and redirect
the other dog. This will let your dog know that
he doesn't have to matters into his own hands
but can count on you to do it for him. He will
soon just look at you to let you know when he
is done with a certain dog or situation. Redirection
can be whistling, throwing a ball, clapping of
hands, a loud, happy voice telling them the party
is over here, a squirt bottle or keeping a squeaker
in your pocket and giving it a quick squeeze.
It is amazing how quickly every dog will stop
what they are doing when they hear a squeaker.
This can be a life saver when done at the right
moment. Hopefully, you are at a park where their
owners are paying attention to their dogs and
not just chatting on the other side of a 3 acre
play yard. This would be the time to ask the owner
if they wouldn't mind letting your dog take a
break. Be polite and let them know your dog gets
fatigued quickly. It goes much further in good
will then shouting that their dog is a bully.
that said, don't let the dog park bully take advantage
of your dog. If he mounts your dog, remove him.
If he is standing over your dog and will not let
your dog get up (very intimidating to most dogs),
remove him. If he is mouthing too hard on the
neck or pulling fur, time to correct the dog.
Very few dogs do not know the words, "NO".
the dog park should be a fun place to exercise
and socialize your dog. If it has become an unsafe
environment, take your dog to a doggy daycare
facility instead. No sense in waiting until a
visit to the vet is in order.
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