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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.
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Sorry this happened but you did the right thing. Sorry Ginger couldn't enjoy her time at the park.


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The second that big dog even walked my way I would have been outa there so fast!! I know that I am over protective, so I don't even go to dog parks. Glad your baby didn't get hurt.

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Try to plan play dates (non-public) with dog owners you know, and trust.
I am also over protective and Ginger needs you to be. As much as our hav's love rough and tumble, they can become prey and injured rather quickly.
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yes you did the right thing, and that is a common problem with dog parks. They really should be separated by size. The biggest problem is kids are not savvy on dog etiquette and neither are a lot of adults. You have to pay attention all the time and knowledgeable enough to interrupt inappropriate play before it gets out of hand.

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I don't do dog parks. Period. They are a good place to pick up diseases, parasites, fleas and poor social skills. All that on top of the possibility of getting hurt if you've got a small breed dog like ours.

Instead, I organize or participate in small group play dates with other Havanese or similar small breeds.


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I never take my guys to dog parks. You don't know if another person is responsible for their dog. My sister would often take her dangerous doberman to the dog park I would scream at her telling her she was being irresponsible. I recently posted about a big dog attacking a little dog. My sister doberman attacked his 8lb sister, who he grew up with. He tried to kill her! She lost her eye and had to be put down. I don't like mixing big and little unless I really know the big dog. My guys grew up with a big lab but he was the most gentle soul





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I don't do dog parks anymore either primarily due to the cluelessness of the owners!


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A lot of people bring their dogs to dog parks, and the mintue they enter one, it is like the dog isn't their responsibility anymore. They read a book, get glued to their mobile devices, or start chatting with other people, and don't pay attention to what is going on around them, until something happens. I have gone to a dog park in California a few years ago,and I watch my Hav. like a hawk. The minute something doesn't go the way I like, I intervene. I have even chided the owner of 2 poodles who constantly picked on my Hav. She was rather defensive at first, and when she did pay attention, noticed that I was right, and so corrected her dogs. My Hav eventually didn't mind playing with them.
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A lot of people bring their dogs to dog parks, and the mintue they enter one, it is like the dog isn't their responsibility anymore. They read a book, get glued to their mobile devices, or start chatting with other people, and don't pay attention to what is going on around them, until something happens. I have gone to a dog park in California a few years ago,and I watch my Hav. like a hawk. The minute something doesn't go the way I like, I intervene. I have even chided the owner of 2 poodles who constantly picked on my Hav. She was rather defensive at first, and when she did pay attention, noticed that I was right, and so corrected her dogs. My Hav eventually didn't mind playing with them.
I would go BALLISTIC if someone picked up my dog without my permission! What a nerve!!! (besides they could have been bitten if it were another dog)


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