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Re: Are GSD's good Dog Park dogs? [Re: PaddyD] #291832
08/12/13 07:00 PM
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I have only taken Van a couple of times, to one local (Pena Adobe Park for those of you in N. CA). But I go there on "off times" when no one else is there. It is a good place for him to run around off lead (his recall isn't great yet, something else we will be working on with our new trainer), as otherwise he really can't except in our yard/property. But as soon as I see someone else coming, he gets hooked up and out we go (and take a walk or whatever). They scare me. Not that I am worried about Van. He tends to be submissive. But other people who think they have control and do not. Just one incident can cause a dog to have a fear that is very hard to come back from. We had that happen with a chihuahua we had a few years ago. frown Poor "Alf." His whole personality changed, and developed some fear and anxiety disorders. Not good. Even with Van. we have a dog aggressive GSD up the road who is ALWAYS off lead. We didn't know it until it was too late and she CHARGED at Van. I got between them and was able to stop her, but it freaked him out.

Bottom line, I am just not a fan of the parks, unless they are literally empty, GSD or not.


Mom to four awesome human kids, and my 5 furry ones:

Van - nearly 3 yrs old.
Daenerys (Dani)GSD, 1 yr
Mackie - Pomeranian, 14 years
Buddy - Chihuahua, 4 years
Pirate -Dachshund, 10 years
Callie - Long Haired Tortie Cat, 6 years
Re: Are GSD's good Dog Park dogs? [Re: Kayos] #291833
08/12/13 07:02 PM
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Originally Posted By: Kayos


I am not a big dog park person but they are nice for the dogs and owners that use the appropriately.


Yes. I just wish more people were responsible!


Mom to four awesome human kids, and my 5 furry ones:

Van - nearly 3 yrs old.
Daenerys (Dani)GSD, 1 yr
Mackie - Pomeranian, 14 years
Buddy - Chihuahua, 4 years
Pirate -Dachshund, 10 years
Callie - Long Haired Tortie Cat, 6 years
Re: Are GSD's good Dog Park dogs? [Re: Codmaster] #299403
11/12/13 12:42 AM
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Call me simple minded, but in my opinion regardless the breed,

it all depends on the owner for the most part..

Re: Are GSD's good Dog Park dogs? [Re: Codmaster] #299443
11/12/13 04:50 AM
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Quote:
GSD's are good dog park dogs
- dog parks are not good for dogs at all no matter what the breed!


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Re: Are GSD's good Dog Park dogs? [Re: Schnickle Fritz] #299457
11/12/13 08:27 AM
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Depends on the individual GSD! If they have a normal temperament as described in the AKC or SV standard - no when they get to be an adult! A submissive one probably would do fine most of the time.

If anyone doubts it - next time in the DP and you see a GSD or two, ask the owners if they have a ScH or IPO after their name?

Re: Are GSD's good Dog Park dogs? [Re: Codmaster] #299460
11/12/13 11:31 AM
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Grimm, astoundingly, does GREAT at a dogpark! (Who knew??) After the first initial coronary the other dog suffers as a result of Grimm's waaaayyy too intense, extreme, and abrupt greeting.... everyone is totally happy and fine. Never a dog fight, never a snark. Waggy, sniffy, dance-y mutual explorations, then "Lets go gallump and be crazy over here!" "No, over here!" "Okay, then over here!" etc.

Grimm has met at a dogpark: Anxious, nervous, whiny rescues with difficult pasts, easily-insulted terriers, and dominant, pushy overbearing boss dogs. His approach is terribly abrupt, but all the others dogs actually do in fact react fine to Grimm.


Patti
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Re: Are GSD's good Dog Park dogs? [Re: Braverhund] #305613
01/11/14 11:30 AM
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i have never had one that would have done well at a dog park. i think they are good for some dogs and people, but unfortunately you always have stupid dog owners and things can happen. if i thought everyone had their dogs under verbal control and were well trained i would try one. but its not a perfect world, and knowing what most dog parks are like i would rather not put myself or my dogs in that situation. even if you started this as a puppy i would still be leary of other dogs and owners and something happening in the young impressionable stage, which as we know can lead to dog aggression later. the atmosphere is just to uncontrolled for me. i think most gsd's are happy interacting with their owners and playing with their own pack. my dogs have a few individual friends that the walk with but could care less about playing with them.

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