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Old 05-01-2014, 04:39 PM
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Darkiss, What exactly are you doing for dog-dog socialization right now? (Your own dogs don't count. ) I would suggest that the activity you focus most on right now is getting involved in any sort of positive-focused training class and a puppy socialization class so that he has both on and off lead time to learn how to act around other dogs. I strongly advise against dog parks for him now and later.

My biggest worry is that whatever "game bred" meant to the breeder, you've got a pup who was sold at way too young an age and who is going to turn into a lot of dog. He missed out on crucial socialization from his mother and littermates--crucial to any/every dog, but maybe even more crucial for a bully breed IMO due to the higher likelihood of dog aggression and all the crap they have to put up from the public. You've got a lot of responsibility to raise him into a safe member of society.
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Thanks for your concern, were in petsmart puppy classes and we dont have a local dog park but we have a public park i do take him and have since he was young to play with other dogs (we have some friends we meet weekly his best friend is a shnouzer i hope i spelt that rite) that he swims with and plays with i also have several other pet stores that allow pets we frequent and he goes prettymuch everywhere with me even work he sees at least a hundred dogs other than mine a week
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i have been strongly focused on keeping him social
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That's good! Keep it up and best to you. I'm sure you'll find some suitable activities as he gets older. Do you have any dog clubs or training centers around? They are sometimes a good place to get started in learning the foundations of later sports.
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i don't really know ill have to look into it, i just got a complament at the grocery store in how well mannered he is ( my boyfriend sits outside with him)
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Dog parks are not appropriate places for bully breeds. Really they're not appropriate for any dog, in my personal opinion, but especially not a puppy!

Here's a great article on it.
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I would not go quite that far, Savage, as I have had wonderful experiences at my local dog park but I respect why you believe that. HOWEVER, that article does raise a really important point. You have to be very alert and ready to leave when *any* signs of unhappiness or potentially dangerous play occurs. Take no chances. Scope out the park before actually taking the dog there to get a feel for it. I feel very comfortable making the distinction between good and bad play, but not everyone is. I have seen plenty of bully breeds do well and plenty of non-bullies do badly. My local dog park is also unusual in that the vast majority of those who go have dogs suited to being there.

Be cautious and know your dog. Ezra is extremely laid back, is very tolerant of boisterous behavior, and loves the dog park. He plays boisterously, but he plays well with others (his play with other dogs looks exactly like video #1). Your dog may not be this way with other dogs, and the dog park is not where you want to find this out. Since you don't have one, Darkiss, it is sort of a moot point anyways. What you are doing sounds like a very good plan for socialization.
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I would not go quite that far, Savage, as I have had wonderful experiences at my local dog park but I respect why you believe that. HOWEVER, that article does raise a really important point. You have to be very alert and ready to leave when *any* signs of unhappiness or potentially dangerous play occurs. Take no chances. Scope out the park before actually taking the dog there to get a feel for it. I feel very comfortable making the distinction between good and bad play, but not everyone is. I have seen plenty of bully breeds do well and plenty of non-bullies do badly. My local dog park is also unusual in that the vast majority of those who go have dogs suited to being there.

Be cautious and know your dog. Ezra is extremely laid back, is very tolerant of boisterous behavior, and loves the dog park. He plays boisterously, but he plays well with others (his play with other dogs looks exactly like video #1). Your dog may not be this way with other dogs, and the dog park is not where you want to find this out. Since you don't have one, Darkiss, it is sort of a moot point anyways. What you are doing sounds like a very good plan for socialization.
Pit Bulls and other bully breeds are known for their tendencies towards dog aggression so no, they are most definitely not appropriate to take to dog parks.
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the park i take nick to requires a leash so its easy to walk away from a conflict before it becomes a problem he has a 16 foot retractable leash for play time so dogs dont just run wild or loose
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