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Old 12-02-2011, 10:41 AM
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Rocco's First Trip to Public Dog Park

Rocco just got his fourth round shots and he was cleared for public dog parks! We're taking him tomorrow for the first time.

Now, we've had him around my friend's bigger dogs before and he basically acted like a puppy. He ran circles around them, he tried to jump on them, and he tried to hump them a few times. They were really good calm dogs and they just played back with him for a few hours.

You think this kind of behavior can get him in trouble with another dog in the park? Do y'all have any suggestions for us or is this not even something to worry about?

Rocco is 16 week old male Min Pin and weighs around 6 lbs.
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That looks like a really fun doggy time!

I keep mine on a lead until a busy looking dog approaches then I ask the owner if they mind the dogs playing together. Bit by bit I can see a change in how he plays with other dogs. He's backing off for more breaks, checking the dog is still enjoying it, jumping straight back if he gets a growl and basically isn't jumping all over their backs like he used to. It's really new to us but it's working really well so far.

But to begin with he didn't have a clue - it was CHARGE! THIS IS GREAT! THIS IS REALLY GREAT! WOO HOO! No apparent awareness of what the other dog thought at all!
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CHARGE! THIS IS GREAT! THIS IS REALLY GREAT! WOO HOO!
LOL this is exactly how Rocco is. He thinks every dog he meets is his new best friend and he just charges them.

So is it OK if another dog growled at Rocco if he got too pushy or do we need to intervene? I am hoping that he will learn better manners but I don't want him to get spooked or or hurt.
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The dogs do teach each other, but if it looks rough, you may have to separate them. Sometimes they just need a time out for a minute to calm down, sometimes it's not a good match and your dog will need to find an equally boisterous playmate.

I've found asking first has worked all but once, when the lady misjudged it with her rather grumpy older dog, which is fair enough. I put him back on the lead and everyone was happy.
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I think I am in love!
If you ever get tired of Rocco, you can send him right on over to me!

Let us know how it goes at the dog park!

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Thank you for the tips guys. The dog park went incredibly well and Rocco had a blast! Here are a few pictures from Rocco's big day out:

https://www.dogforum.com/dog-pictures...61/#post186856

The other owners knew we were new to the park and were very friendly. We just stood there chatting while the dogs ran around. At one point, Rocco started humping this other dog and my wife and I were a little uneasy about how the other owner would react and then we heard her yell "get her Rocco, she's been harassing other dogs all morning!".

It's funny to see these dogs take turns being the chaser and later the chased and the same thing with humping and rolling.

I did make a rookie mistake though lol. As soon as I walked into the park about 10 dogs just ran to me and started jumping up and sniffing me. I just thought that they were being very friendly but then I remembered that I had a pocket full of treats and apparently these dogs have pretty good sense of smell...who would have thought!

We're taking Rocco to the lake tomorrow for a hike.
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I meant to attach this picture here too.

This was Rocco's best friend at the dog park, a 150 lbs Great Dane that was very playful yet incredibly gentle with his pushy behind.

(The park was divided into a 35 lbs and below section and a 35 lbs and above section, we met Luna outside the designated play areas and the owner said she was very good with small dogs so we let them meet)
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