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My Dog Hates the Dog Park

I've come to realize that no matter how many times I've taken Louis to the dog park, he is just not a dog park kind of dog. I try to take him to socialize. He doesn't like dogs sniffing his face or coming into his personal space, he growls, and salivates. I thought he drooled because he was hot, but he also salivates a lot due to what I think is anxiety. He'll go sniff around and mark, follow me around, but sometimes he just stands there giving me a look like "When are we going to leave??" People see an "anti-social," aloof dog, who won't even drink water even if it's hot outside. He waits till we get home and drinks. Then he runs around like his usual happy self and plays with his toys and is very social with Leroy (standard poodle), and even with my friend's dog (he's large, around 70lbs). He goes running around the backyard and is bouncy and happy. I wish people outside of my home could see this version of him, cause when you see him at the house, his real personality shines.

Anyone else have a dog who doesn't like the dog park?

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I've come to realize that no matter how many times I've taken Louis to the dog park, he is just not a dog park kind of dog. I try to take him to socialize. He doesn't like dogs sniffing his face or coming into his personal space, he growls, and salivates. I thought he drooled because he was hot, but he also salivates a lot due to what I think is anxiety. He'll go sniff around and mark, follow me around, but sometimes he just stands there giving me a look like "When are we going to leave??" People see an "anti-social," aloof dog, who won't even drink water even if it's hot outside. He waits till we get home and drinks. Then he runs around like his usual happy self and plays with his toys and is very social with Leroy (standard poodle), and even with my friend's dog (he's large, around 70lbs). He goes running around the backyard and is bouncy and happy. I wish people outside of my home could see this version of him, cause when you see him at the house, his real personality shines.

Anyone else have a dog who doesn't like the dog park?
_I'm_ with Louis! _I_ don't like the dog park either! There are too many poorly behaved, overbearing dogs there, too many piles on un-picked-up dog poo, I don't WANT my dog drinking out of a community drinking source, and I worry about parasites and diseases he could pick up.

We have gone to a number of Havanese play dates and he has a wonderful time at these. He also does fine with the other loose dogs at our local beach. (which is just a few well-mannered dogs at a time... they have to be well mannered, because it isn't fenced)

I took him to ONE "mixed" small dog playgroup, which was mostly Chihuahuas, with a few Yorkies and Min Pins mixed in. They were peeing and pooping all over the floor, one of the Yorkies spent the whole time trying to hump Kodi. And Kodi spent the whole time either in my lap or TRYING to get into my lap. He wanted no part of these uncivilized dogs! So from that point on, we've been pretty selective about who we play with!


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ya, we are with Louis on this one too... in fact, I hate dog parks so much, we haven't even BEEN to one! ha ha ha ha... sadly though Tillie is NOT dog socialized as much as she should be for sure. She does seem to do great in SMALL hav groups though and has a blast! BUT she does NOT like dogs all up in her butt and is somewhat of a prissy 'doesn't like to get dirty' kind of girl... dog parks would SO not appeal to her!

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Unless there is a special small-dog section of the dog park, it really isn't very safe for our little guys.

Neither of my dogs are dog park visitors. Nessie has 'issues'. She doesn't like other dogs. They disturb her calm. The trainer told me never ever take her to a dog park. It won't be fun for anyone. Humans are fine. She loves people. Great parade-watching dog.

Jack still has big dog fear-aggression. They scare him silly. He has warmed up to the Goldens next door. The Lab and Bernie across the street are too pouncy. We don't visit them much. So he also avoids dog parks.

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We have a dog park near me, but they aren't very thrilled with it. It usd to be two tennis courts that they covered in sand. Problem with that is it really stinks from all the dogs peeing in the sand. And, they always seem stressed when we go there. However, they love Hav playdates.


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Louis has done better on the big dog park side. But when he's over there, my other dog is with him. He was also good when I had my big guy on the small side (big guy was leashed). He just had this look today like he was confused why I brought him to the dog park. I brought only him and left my other guy at home. It's fine by me if he doesn't like the dog park, I just wanted to give him some off-leash opportunity, but he seems to prefer running around the backyard instead. He was great with the big dogs on the big dog side cause they would sniff and leave him alone. The small dogs seem to get in his face a lot more (maybe cause they are eye level). He HATES puppies. He just hates dogs that act like fools and is in his space uninvited. However, Leroy loves any dog and welcomes rambunctious puppies. He'll even humor them and play with them! Maybe that is why he gets along with Louis so well.

My other dog REALLY enjoys the dog park, but I only go when it is dry (it gets very muddy with rain) or if it is wet, I take him on bath days.

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My little guy some times plays at the dog park, and other times sits at my feet. Just depends if a dog shows up he wants to play with.

you are better off trying to find a buddy for him first, then take them both to the dog park. is there a hav group in your area?
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My little guy some times plays at the dog park, and other times sits at my feet. Just depends if a dog shows up he wants to play with.

you are better off trying to find a buddy for him first, then take them both to the dog park. is there a hav group in your area?
Not sure about a Hav group. I'm in Houston - anyone else in this area? IMO, he's good with dogs, because he gives clear signals to "back off." Some dogs don't have manners so try to push his buttons. I've never seen him try to play with a dog but my own, my friend's dog (who has been with us for 2 weeks while they are on vacation), and a maltese he met when I first got him. That's about it! It would be very interesting to see him interacting with other Havs!

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I think another factor, just like with people, some dogs prefer to play one on one, instead of small group or a cluster f--k.


my little half breed Ollie is very social, but that doesn't mean he wants to romp with every dog he meets. and he does enjoy playing with dogs his own size.
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Forget the Dog Park! They SMELL, there is hardly any small dogs at the dog park. Plan on giving your Hav a bath when you get home. I tried it...Dexter hated it and Jack was fussy with other dogs...never a happy moment.

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