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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Dog Park and Aggressive Dogs

The dog park is a fun time for everyone as long as certain rules are followed. Of course, among these is the most important rule of not bringing an aggressive dog to the park. It is amazing that one two separate occasions, we have been to the same dog park and this owner insists there is nothing wrong with his aggressive dog.

What do I mean by aggressive? Well the dog is highly protective of his owner and forms a circle around his owner the whole time they are there. The man will notice an innocent dog, bend over to say hello to it, and "wham!", his dog attacks the innocent pooch! The first time we met this man, he was surrounded by other dogs and people but it seems they were there for a while before we got there because everyone was staying clear of him and his bully. Our girls are very friendly and he called them over to say hello. Cheyenne got closest to his and all of a sudden there was a rumble. Our girls don't fight back much because they are so submissive (something we need to work on a little so that they can better protect themselves) and Cheyenne just rolled over onto her back. My husband went to break them up but I knew better as the aggressive dog was not mine and the man did jump to attention. He pulled his dog off our 7-month old Lab puppy and did even apologize. He just said "Oh yeah, he is a little possessive of me." Oh thanks for telling us after the fact!

Needless to say, this aggressive behavior has no place in a dog park if it cannot be controlled. So, I had thought he would not return. This past weekend, as we are on top of one of the hills, we heard a dog fight and to our amazement, it was the same man and his dog - pulling his dog off of another small victim. Of course, we turned and walked the other way; making sure not to cross paths. However, if I do happen to see this man and his dog again, I will be reporting him and his dog to the park officials. As the park rules state:
  • Owners are strictly liable for their dog's actions
  • Aggressive dogs must be removed from the Park immediately without debate. We realize that what constitutes an aggressive dog isn't always easy, if your dog is routinely involved in altercations with other dogs, chances are your dog shouldn't be at the park.
  • Pay attention to your dog(s) interactions with other dogs. Be aware of potential problems. Learn to read and respond to your dog's behavior. Be alert to the behavior of other dogs.

With that being stated, it is evident that the 3rd time will, in fact, be a charm. Someone needs to speak up for our beloved dogs that cannot speak up for themselves.



Anonymous klcabe said...

The dog is not being possessive over the owner here; the dog is clearly the alpha, and is attempting to assert that position by not allowing the owner to interact with other dogs. It has nothing to do with possessiveness or protectiveness. The dog is clearly stating that it is not appropriate for the owner, as the lower ranking member of the pack, to interact with other dogs without first ok'ing it with the alpha, who is the dog in this case. They both need to be put in obedience classes ASAP.

June 13, 2006 2:50 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Thank you for your comment! I can see this actually being the case as well and this is not suitable for a dog park. The owner must have control over his dog at all times and this was clearly not the case. Thanks again for this very interesting viewpoint!

June 13, 2006 2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He should not be at the dog park, but if he insists on being there he should NOT pet other dogs since he knows this causes his dog to attack.

June 14, 2006 8:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know i think and this may sound strange but the owner may get some kick out of the dog dominating other dogs. He probably doesn't realize he is the one dominated. He may have been dominated his whole life and this is the only way he gets to dominate in some way. if its the case jokes on him.

July 06, 2006 3:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this owner has a bully breed he needs help asap! Any bully breed owner knows there is a chance for a spat at a dog park. I own 3 bullys. They are socialized and love people. Dog parks are no plave for even the best behavied bully! This type of owner Is the type that gives the rest of us a bad rap. After he only apologized you should have said something then! But I hope you dog is ok.

January 26, 2009 3:16 PM  

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