Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Aggressive play at dog park
Ginger is almost 9 months old now, and have always felt confident about having her around other dogs to play. I have taken her to the dog park a few times this summer, and she loves it. She gets to chase, be chased : play. Yesterday, I had my first ever experience where another dog made me nervous.
After having a great time playing at the park for about 10 minutes, a new dog arrives who started pinning Ginger down. Every time she would try to get up, this dog would pin her down again and stand over her with a stiff domineering body. I could tell Ginger didn't like it. I didn't like it.
What made me the most uncomfortable was that a family had brought this dog, a larger mixed breed, to the park, and the parents were far away from the dog, on their phones and their 2 kids, probably 8 and 10 years old, were watching the dog. It was obvious the kids thought she was just playing, so I stepped in to tell the dog no and eventually had to pick Ginger up to attempt to get this dog to leave Ginger alone.
Even after I picked Ginger up, the dog kept jumping on me to get to her, and at one point almost pushed me down, and I am a tall 5' 10", The parents finally noticed what was going on and called their kids and dog to come to where they were. I had had enough and decided to leave the park.
I don't know if was over reacting to the situation, but I have been around playing dogs most of my life and this was different.