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#290234 - 07/26/13 01:13 PM Are GSD's good Dog Park dogs?
Codmaster Offline

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So i am very curious as to whether or not most GSD's are good dog park dogs?

My 5+ yo male is not. as he is way too dominant and would very likely finish a fight with any dog that challenged him in the park. So we have been to exactly 2 parks in his lifetime.

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#290245 - 07/26/13 04:51 PM Re: Are GSD's good Dog Park dogs? [Re: Codmaster]
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Me and my boy have been to a bunch. I always catch him before he even thinks about being dominate. He has learned a lot about meeting and greeting other dogs. I have noticed he does better at larger dog Parks he stays closer to me at larger dog Parks. I do like dog Parks he listens very very well meets the dog then continues to follow me. He just wants to run.
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#290247 - 07/26/13 04:56 PM Re: Are GSD's good Dog Park dogs? [Re: frillint]
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None of mine are (we have 3). One is dog aggressive, one is tolerant unless they bite his neck/hump him/steal his toy, one is a puppy that I won't even introduce to a dog park. However, we have 8 dogs and a foster dog's a dog park in my backyard.
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#290249 - 07/26/13 05:04 PM Re: Are GSD's good Dog Park dogs? [Re: FG167]
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Out of three, I had one who *might* have been ok. She was very handler focused and didn't care about other dogs. However, even she would get ticked at a rudely approaching dog, so I never tried. The other two would not be ok.
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#290251 - 07/26/13 05:26 PM Re: Are GSD's good Dog Park dogs? [Re: Grakira]
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Depends on the individual dog. Basu was a good dog park dog on his own but if he was there with other gsds he was not good. The gsds would pack up and pick on other dogs (so of course that was our cue to leave). Massie was a great dog park dog. Several of my fosters also did well at the dog park but others did not.

One thing that's a common problem with gsds and dog parks is the gsd rock 'em, sock 'em, knock 'em off their feet play style. That doesn't go over well with all dogs or most owners.

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#290260 - 07/26/13 07:01 PM Re: Are GSD's good Dog Park dogs? [Re: BowWowMeow]

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I hate to generalize general, I would say no to GSDs and dog parks. I do take my girl occasionally but she is more focused on the people rather than the dogs. She has always been a "people person" and will work the crowd...going from one man to the next to find some sucker who will throw her ball. wink
I do a play group/hike a couple times a week and Tooz's nickname is "The Fun-Stopper" because she will get in between any dogs who are rough housing. GSDs like to control and Tooz treats other dogs like they are unruly sheep. In her youth, I had to watch her like a hawk to make sure she wouldn't go too far in pushing the other dogs around which she never did...she would just prevent the other dogs from having fun! She won't start a fight but she will finish one. Nowadays, she is much more mellow at 12.5 years old.

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#290273 - 07/27/13 12:43 AM Re: Are GSD's good Dog Park dogs? [Re: SLEACHY]
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Interesting how us GSD owners tend to think that our dogs "play rougher' than other breeds a lot and that they like to dominate other breeds.

I have heard other breed owners say exactly the same things about their breed - Dobies, Wiemies and even the dreaded Pittie owners among them.

I think any of the strong minded (by their standard) breeds can be problematic as to whether they will be a good dog park dog (although any individual of any breed may or may not be a good one.

As i said above, my guy is definetly not a good dog for a dog park environment - way too independent and curious and also a very dominant personality (truth is a bit of a bully if i let him be).

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#290277 - 07/27/13 01:39 AM Re: Are GSD's good Dog Park dogs? [Re: Codmaster]
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Saber has gone to dog parks since she was 5 months old and has had very positive experiences for the most part. Once she hit about 2 years old, she became more toy possessive so I am careful not to take her into small dog parks with lots of toys. She doesn't try to fight over a toy but she will steal them and hoard them, and other dogs don't like that. So we stick with larger dog parks (more than a few acres) that are not terribly crowded, and she does great. She meets new dogs and plays with them very well, and if a dog is not very friendly she just avoids them.
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#290289 - 07/27/13 09:02 AM Re: Are GSD's good Dog Park dogs? [Re: cassadee7]
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Chamsa was really good in dog parks and while I have never found a dog park in my area to take Cara too her daycare is 20 acres of fenced land where she plays with dogs large and small. I personally don't lie o attach characteristics such as 'dominance' to a breed for me it is all about the individual dog, its life experience and its relationship with its human family.

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#290291 - 07/27/13 09:19 AM Re: Are GSD's good Dog Park dogs? [Re: FG167]
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Originally Posted By: FG167
...... However, we have 8 dogs and a foster dog's a dog park in my backyard.

I love this! laugh
Nix (derivative of Phoenix) Black GSD born 6 June 2011 (Gotcha day 9 Dec 2013)

Quynne gsdhalo - Black Female GSD - Sept 29, 2004 - 11 Nov 2013 Deeply missed

If you don't agree with me ... you are just not listening well enough. smile

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