The Dog Park: Is It Really Good For Your Dog?
Dog parks can be a great way to let your dog run. But did you ever stop to question yourself? Is your dog a dog that can handle it? Is your dog feeling well? Are you willing to supervise your dog and any interactions?
If a dog has problems being around a lot of dogs. Look around the dog park and check out the environment. If you feel there are too many dogs pick a different time to go back. Going to a dog park is a responsibility on every guardian.
I have heard it time and time again when a dog has been attacked and now the dog has fear issues. Dog parks are not for every dog. Some dogs do better in small play groups that are supervised to prevent fights from happening.
No one can expect every dog to get along with every dog. I have worked with dogs that do great with dogs their own size and anything smaller could create a problem. That is where observation and understanding a dogs body language really helps.
When a dog has been attacked it can cause stress and fear issues. Stress and fear can lead to aggressive behaviors. There is hope to get you back on track. But you got to be 100% committed to helping your dog.
A certified dog trainer can help you get back on track. The sooner you notice your dog's behavior has changed that is the time to make contact with a certified dog trainer. You can learn how to work with your dog in stressful situations.
I coach clients better handling skills and other training skills to help them as they work with their dog.
When you feel more confident about handling your dog then your dog will also feel better. There is hope for you and your dog.
Know your dog and check the environment.
Mecca Curtice, CCDT, CTDI
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