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Old 04-03-2016, 09:08 PM
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Running into people at the dog park

Hi there, I put this topic in the puppy forum because I am not sure if this is normal puppy behavior, or a more serious behavior issue.

I adopted a bloodhound mix pup, Brody, from the shelter a few months back. He was an abandoned stray, and was believed to be about a year old but since he's grown so much since then I think he may be a bit younger. He is about 50lbs and seems to have no concept of how big he is. He is very clumsy still and sometimes falls off couches and bumps into furniture when he doesn't quite turn sharp enough.

Unfortunately, he also jumps up on people and runs into them when playing. I've been working with him to halt the jumping and he's making some progress, but still crashes into me or others at the dog park. It's not intentional, he just gets so into chasing that he runs super fast and can't turn himself fast enough when there's a person or a tree in his way.

So my question is: is this a puppy thing that he'll grow out of, or is there a way to train him to not do this? He never deliberately runs into me or anyone else, but given that Brody's 50lbs and stands at perfect kneecap height right now, he could do some serious damage to the wrong person. ): What do I do? Do I stop him when he goes to chase or do I just wait for him to grow out of it?
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He will most likely grow out of it. My parents weim had the same issue, tunnel vision while on the chase. Finn, took a lady out at the dog park once, from behind, to the point her legs flew out from underneath her and she crashed hard. It was all due to his inability to stop. I apologized profusely and she just laughed. He doesn't have that issue anymore now that he's older. If you're constantly making your dog stop chasing other pups at the dog park you'll both just end up frustrated. What I've found is most people there are dog owners and understand a puppy who isn't quite in control of his reflexes just yet.


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Old 04-06-2016, 06:01 AM
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I wouldn't worry. That is pretty standard at most dog parks - even from non-puppies. They get so caught up in wrestling/chasing they are paying ZERO attention to where they are going. I just think dog owners need to pay attention.
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My local dog park even includes this in the rules: pay attention to the dogs, as dogs at play don't always see you (or something like that). Basically warning people to be on the look out and ready to move out the way of a barrel of wrestling dogs. It's expected.
I was not too happy about an adult lab that leaped straight up at my face and nearly gave me a black eye (I had to do a very fast about turn to avoid getting punched in the eye by his muzzle), but your pup is just being a puppy and is not targeting people. I think it's expected that playful dogs won't always see you.
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I've been taken off my feet a few times at the park by larger dogs, it happens. Brush it off, laugh it off. It's dogs being dogs.
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Thank you all for the advice! I'm relieved to know that this is fairly normal.
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