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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Dog Park Bullies: How To Protect Your Dog

          Clever illustration courtesy of Modern Dog Magazine

Raise your paw if you regularly take your dog to a dog park. Now raise your other paw if you've encountered a canine "bully" while trying to get a little off-leash time. O.K., about now you look like you're begging...

Now, I'm far from perfect with other dogs, and since Parental Unit knows I occasionally  "put out bad vibes" around large dogs (I've been attacked twice and Parental Unit thinks it's fear-based aggression), she keeps me strictly on the small dog side of our local dog park. But she always keeps a close watch on me and the other dogs I'm hangin' with—no disengaged cell phone conversations for her—she's too busy watching my interactions with the other pooches. I tell her there's nothing to worry about, but you know our philosophy—it's never too late to learn new and maybe even life-saving information.

Enter this excellent article from Modern Dog Magazine about how to recognize and cope with a dog park bully. The idea is to learn the signals of a canine bully (not necessarily bad or misbehaving dogs), and how to nip any suspicious interactions in the bud to prevent a more serious altercation.

Enjoy!

8 comments:

Molly The Wally said...

We never chat on the phone in the park unlike some people. We will go and check it out. Have a serene and easy Sunday.
Best wishes Molly

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

I (Frankie Furter) LOVE my memory of US being TOGETHER at the Dog Park... With Sagira and Bokeh. WE were all WELL behaved, weren't we.

Kelsie Merwine said...

We stopped going to the dog park because people in my area are so irresponsible. Always on cell phones or doing their own thing rather than paying attention to their dog. They also think the dog park is a great place to socialize a dog that hasn't had any socialization. That's always a disaster.

Bocci said...

Yes, we still have he pictures and memories, Frankifurter! We must do that again!!!

Bocci said...

Thanks for commenting, Kelsie, we couldn't agree with you more! I'm constantly vigilant and a bit paranoid at the dog park. Here's another problem: here's a common area between the big dog side and small dog side, and all dogs are supposed to be leashed in that common area...How often do you think that happens?

Mitch and Molly said...

We've never been to a dog park. Mom says she's too fearful of them.

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

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