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On Thursday I took Glover C to an off leash park, to see other dogs and just to play! take some holiday steam off..

He loved the first 10 minits (there where no dogs..) but then two pitbulls came and ran over to him just to sniff, glover was very scared! more dogs started to come and Glover tried to make friends, but all these dogs where so big and didn't really want to play. Poor Glover, each time a dog would come he would just lie on his side looking up as if he was submissive to all of them. Then for the rest of the half hour he just stayed by my side.

The next two days I took him to a different park, where he met a puppy (didn't want to play with him either..) and some other dogs but he really doesn't play, just hides under my legs.

I wish I had my camera with me but I forgot it each time I went!!!

I wonder if he is just insecure? will he get better? or is this normal?
 

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I'm glad to see we are not the only ones having this problem. This trip home, Blue finally had someone to play with and two dogs that wanted absolutely nothing to do with him. I think it takes time, we have been taking Blue on play dates since October and he is just now at the point that he will let other dogs sniff him and attempt to play with them. Give him time and encouragement.
 

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Keep trying...socialization is very important, unfortunately you have to be careful at the dog parks.

When we took Marbles, there, he hid under my feet for about 30mins then he saw Snoopy playing and wanted to play too....he did well that time around.

He is still shy, I try to get him close to dogs in the smaller area given he is a puppy so he can build confidence.

Im a huge fan of dog parks...IF the rules are obeyed...they can pick up a lot of nasty stuff there too.

Keep trying to socialize, it is very important...keep taking him there, let him become comfortable..maybe take him to doggie day care for a few days...they get supervised and socialized and very well screened dogs.

Good luck
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Chloe is a very submissive one too. I socialize her almost every day, she has many many friends in the neighborhood. She likes best to play with Abby (another beagle, surprise...). Abby is the only one that Chloe won't lie down and look all scared with :p .
She will lay down, tail between her legs /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/frown.gif (but not in a scared way) and let them sniff her, then she will gradually go and play. This happens each and every time. I don't care, because that's the way she is /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif .
You should keep socializing him. Don't feel sorry for him, because he feels you. When he doesn make a move, praise him. Try and be calm, and don't give up, he will be okay. :thumbup:
 

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Spock has been to the dog park a number of times, but is still submissive and rolls over, then runs away, when meeting most other dogs of any size.

Happily, my boyfriend and I are gaining two new housemates (our other two housemates moved out just before Christmas): a friend from my boyfriend's work, and the friend's big, sedate, sweet dog Morty. He's a husky-lab-chow mix, his owner thinks (he's got a big black tongue, at any rate, but looks like a husky that's rolled in some yellow paint), and is gentle as a sleepy kitten. Spock has met Morty several times, as his owner has brought him over to hang out, and now he'll get to be around another dog all the time. I'm hoping this exposure will get Morty to be a little more open to playing, and get Spock to be a little less afraid of other dogs.
 

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Hey Glove, off topic here, but the other dogs probably weren't pitties as they are a banned breed where we live /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/frown.gif /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/frown.gif

One thing I always tell people is that socialisation is VERY important but only if it is positive. Dogs parks are generally not places I recommend anyone taking a puppy, especially at busy times. Puppies let off submissive energy and can become targets for older dogs.

My husky who is five years old now, was attacked at the dog park as a puppy and we still have issues with him being dominant and greeting other dogs appropriately /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/frown.gif

With Daisy, the only time I took her to the dog park was when I had organised with friends of mine whose dogs I knew well to be there. That way daisy still got to socialise but didn't have to meet with strange dogs that I didn't know.

Dogs parks are accidents waiting to happen, I cringe when I walk the dogs past our local one as the owners can rarely read dog body language and can rarely read the signs of dogs being distressed/dominant/submissive etc.

This is a great article about socialising your dog and dog parks:

http://www.flyingdogpress.com/sayhi.html

What people also forget is that socialisation is about more than putting your dog with others. It is about your dog being comfortable around others, having good experiences, and going to new places and having new experiences. Dogs do not need dog to dog socialisation every day, socialisaton can come in other forms i.e. going somewhere new or meeting a new person. Think of it more as quality over quantity.

For Daisy, going to the dog park when we have arranged play dates with our doggy friends and going to dog school once a week and meeting new dogs but in a controlled environment (i.e., in a class environment where each dog is leashed and must behave appropriately, under the direction of the instructor) is more than enough socialisation.

We have also always taken our dogs out to the shops, to the markets, to new places like the beach etc where they don't have to meet other dogs but are out and about and having new positive experiences.
 

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Hey all

Thanks for good advice

I do think its safer if you know the dogs in the dog park, therefore I leave now if there are too many dogs around. Glove didn't have a nice experience today, I got quite worried...

anyway, A friend of mine has two little terriers, who Glover Loves! we have had two play dates and Glove is getting so social with them.

Im SO looking forward to obedience class! that will be fun!

thanks again!

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Originally posted by Smeagle:
[QB] Hey Glove, off topic here, but the other dogs probably weren't pitties as they are a banned breed where we live /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/frown.gif /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/frown.gif

Yeah I have no idea what they where, but they looked scary as!

thanks for the article and advice!

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Quote: anyway, A friend of mine has two little terriers, who Glover Loves! we have had two play dates and Glove is getting so social with them.
I think that's the way to go. We're lucky enough to have a very nice Boarder Collie next door. She is allowed to run the neighborhood, but we'll let her inside our fence for play time. She has always been very careful and gentle with Sadie. Even when she was only a couple months old and weighed about nine pounds.
My sister-in-law brings her two labs over sometimes too.

We look to see what's inside the fence before we'll take our pups into the off-leash area of the dog park. Most of the time we just walk then on the paths going through the woods. It's a big park with a couple miles of wilderness trails. (On-leash only.)
 

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Quote:Originally posted by Eve:
That article was fantastic - a real eye-opener. Thanks for posting it!
You're welcome! It is a great article, every dog owner should read it /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif
 

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Quote: You're welcome! It is a great article, every dog owner should read it
Quote: That article was fantastic - a real eye-opener. Thanks for posting it!
Yes, it is!
I must have just skimmed through the thread the first time, and missed it.
Thanks for posting it, and for the heads up.
 

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Great article, thanks!

I wish Duke was more dominant at times, instead he tends to become the rude puppy that is jumping around the other dogs. He tries this behavior at home with our oldest lab, Roscoe and we side with Roscoe and punish Duke for the aggressive behavior. Sometimes, though, Roscoe's punishment works better than ours (nothing mean, he just scares Duke and that does the trick.LOL).
 
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