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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 08-15-2012, 09:20 AM Thread Starter
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Dog Park Problems

So Tanner and I love going to the dog park. We go almost every night, for at least an hour after dinner. We play fetch, but most of all he LOVES chasing after other dogs. I am thankful when the other V's are there or the occasional Rhodesian Ridgeback who love to RUN!

Lately, however, there have been numerous dog owners who are very nervous with the way Tanner plays. Us V lovers know that this is just the way they play. Tanner likes to charge and tumble and chomp and make lots of noises. Never once has he actually hurt another dog. But lately I have heard complaints from other people about how "agressive" and "crazy" my dog is :'(

I try to calm their nerves by telling them he's never had any issues with other dogs before, and he just likes to play rough, it's his nature. They just don't seem to understand :-\

How can I make the dog park a pleasant experience for everyone? I will not stop taking Tanner, I need others to understand he is just playing and is being his normal crazy ;D Vizsla self.
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I will not stop taking Tanner, I need others to understand he is just playing and is being his normal crazy Vizsla self.
Good luck with that. I couldn't do it anymore with my two. I'll drive 1/2 hour to find a place to walk them off-leash. If I can't then it is an hour walk along the sidewalks in town.

The down-side just outweighed the up-side for us. Maybe my introvert self doesn't help.

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I had a feeling someone was going to say just that...
I'm afraid that's what it might come down to if other's continue to complain.
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There is a dog park not too far from where we live and sometimes the owners get into fights also ;D

Staying away from dog parks makes it less stressful and is the only real way to ease the experience.
Unless, you feel the park is where Tanner belongs and in that case you can get together with a few "stable" dogs and their owners. For the time your group is there the offended dog owners can p**** off and go their marry way.

Organizing into groups is the only way.
We don't go to dog parks but have been known to take over the local urban forrest when we get together with GSPs and Vs its quite a sight.

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I avoid dog parks like the plague. I think they're partly responsibly for Flynn's issues. He went all the time as a tiny puppy and a few times he was really scared by bigger, older aggressive dogs. It made him fearful - which developed into fear aggression. (I have no proof it was the dog parks but the behaviorist seems to think so too).

Now, he's not great with other dogs. He's never bitten a dog or hurt one but given the chance, he has pinned them down, scared them, growled at them. It's scary for the other dog owners and I don't feel right about letting it happen. If it continues to happen it could escalate. You have to do what's best for you and your dog, but I felt too much guilty about being the parent of a dog other dogs and/or people feared so I took him out of that situation.


Flynn has a few select dogs we know he gets along with and that's about it (and we got him a sister last year whom he now loves). Until we got our second vizsla, we felt guilty about the lack of socialization but the behaviorists said "your dog doesn't need dog friends. You are his pack." Of course, this was when he was about 3 years old, so the necessary socialization period with other dogs was already over.
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I guess another question is, are you sure it's just play for your dog and that he's not exhibiting aggression? In my case, I could tell it wasn't just normal play but in your case, it may be.
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Here's an idea -- Put up a real fence around your own acreage and get another Vizsla. Problem solved!! ;D ;D

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I keep away from parks with dogs I don't know now as well. I love getting together with other vizsla owners and their vs because 1/ all the owners I've met seem like really awesome people. 2/ they obviously understand Otto's energy and most importantly 3/ Otto seems the most comfortable amongst them


Otto would play with any dog - big, small, old, young, male, female - however, other dogs tend to dislike something about ottos personality. Quite often, he is the target and gets "bullied". It's very upsetting - so now if I don't know the owner - I don't even give it a chance. Too often, people claim their dog is "friendly" but when they approach Otto, they are anything but. So now I steer clear.

Maybe ask the Rhodesian ridgeback's owners and other V owners if they want to meet up on trails away from the park. I would assume this would be much less stressful for you


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I just don't see my dogs having much to do in a dog park.
They mostly like to run out to the front and hunt. They will let another dog sniff them and then go on their way. To much sniffing will lead to a snap by my dogs. It means leave me alone, you interfering with my hunting.
I run them with other dogs that feel the same way.
Don't get me wrong my dogs do play sometimes, but its with dogs they know real well. Its a high speed chasing game through water.

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Otto would play with any dog - big, small, old, young, male, female - however, other dogs tend to dislike something about ottos personality. Quite often, he is the target and gets "bullied". It's very upsetting - so now if I don't know the owner - I don't even give it a chance. Too often, people claim their dog is "friendly" but when they approach Otto, they are anything but. So now I steer clear.
I feel the same way. I've found out when certain "good" dogs are at the park and I go then and only then. I will be very strategic about introducing penny this month to the park. Luckily our park also has a "small dog" side that is rarely used for that purpose so sometimes were able to use it to seperate two groups of dogs.
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