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My dog is scared to death to be in a park.

My havanese has been pretty much a house dog for about 8 months. I haven't had the time to really take him out to the parks as much as I would like to. I took him out today and when I went to sit down on a bench, he was shaking to the point where I thought he would have a heart attack! He's 1 year and 3 months old now. Is it too late to bring him outand to be a "normal dog" outside in a park?
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My havanese has been pretty much a house dog for about 8 months. I haven't had the time to really take him out to the parks as much as I would like to. I took him out today and when I went to sit down on a bench, he was shaking to the point where I thought he would have a heart attack! He's 1 year and 3 months old now. Is it too late to bring him outand to be a "normal dog" outside in a park?
yes , it's very posible to do. To be honest , I would seek the service of a trainer. This has to be done slowly, and systematically, if he is that fearful. Oh yeah welcome welcome.

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I had the same problem with Dexter. I quit going. You will find lots of unruly dogs at the dog park. And, when you bring your Hav home they will smell of the dog park. It is the not worth the anxiety of your Hav Enjoy your walks and meet and greet other dogs when you can.



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Thanks for the advice. I don't really get out much so I guess he'll remain a house dog. lol
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You will find lots of unruly dogs at the dog park.
Dog park quality varies widely. I take my Hav to a small dog only park and have only left on 1 occasion in 3 yrs because there was a unruly dog who seemed to be a danger to others (pit bull mix that was showing signs of dog aggression) and an indifferent owner. My Hav loves the park and saying hi to other dogs and people. So if you have a good dog park set-up, taking him can be very worth it for socialization purposes. However, if it's an all size dog park or there seem to be indifferent owners that let their dogs get out of hand, I'd pass on it. It depends so much on your neighborhood and neighbors. If you want him to get along with other dogs, a doggie daycare might be a good starting point. Its monitored dog playtime all day and if your guy gets overwhelmed a good place with separate him so he can watch until he gets comfortable.
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I am confused. Are you going to a dog park or just a regular outdoor park?

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It's a regular park
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I don't do regular parks with mine-Heck I don't even take mine to a small dog park. Tried it a couple times-Mine hate it. If you could find a nice place that does doggie day care you might start there. The only time mine three are with other dogs is when they are at the groomer's. They know the dogs there & I ask her to leave mine in a big crate so they don't feel overwhelmed. Heck when I board mine I even pay for play time but not with other dogs-with a person. I pay for them to take them out & spend a little extra time with them. Who knows what kind of "stuff" they can pick up from a park. Just not worth the risk in my mind.

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What do you think frightened him? Were there kids running around or a lot of activity? Dogs? Cars? strollers?

Perhaps your best bet is to find a 'real world' dog class. A trainer takes a small group of dogs out and show you how to approach different situations.

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Don't know really. I know his tail was halfway down the while walking. When I went to sit down and put him on the bench next to me, he started shaking uncontrollably.
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