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Sorry I have not been posting here much...been a little busy...

Any way their is a new dog park accross town. It is a good sized one, fenced in and no leashes required! Choca has been doing good around other dogs (she used to bark the the neighbors dogs, usually it was not her to start it now), and really just wants to be around other people. Here is what I am afraid of though, a few trips back at the vet's she got into a little match with a puppy, it was a hyper little male that just wanted to sniff her. She pulled back under the bench and started growling, of course I grabbed her by the color and yanked her back breaking it up.

Not really sure if I should take her in on the leash until she finds out she will be OK... This did help my aunts dog (she got jelus when an other dog entered the home).
 

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Sorry I have not been posting here much...been a little busy...

Any way their is a new dog park accross town. It is a good sized one, fenced in and no leashes required! Choca has been doing good around other dogs (she used to bark the the neighbors dogs, usually it was not her to start it now), and really just wants to be around other people. Here is what I am afraid of though, a few trips back at the vet's she got into a little match with a puppy, it was a hyper little male that just wanted to sniff her. She pulled back under the bench and started growling, of course I grabbed her by the color and yanked her back breaking it up.

Not really sure if I should take her in on the leash until she finds out she will be OK... This did help my aunts dog (she got jelus when an other dog entered the home).
If your not sure how your dog is going to react at the dog park, I wouldn't start off bringing her there. First bring her around a few other dogs and make sure she is okay with all dogs. You can also walk her along the outside of the fence of the dog park and gauge how she interacts with the other dogs. You want to be 100% sure that she is alright with dogs because their will be all types, hyper, calm, young, old, and sometimes dogs that go looking for a fight. She needs to know how to stay calm and nice in all situations. Having an excellent recall is also a plus.
 

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she does OK around the larger older dogs.
Nousy around the smaller breeds.
Kind of agitated around the small to med. hyper breeds (does not know how to play with them).
And just wants to play with larger breeds
 

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she does OK around the larger older dogs.
Nousy around the smaller breeds.
Kind of agitated around the small to med. hyper breeds (does not know how to play with them).
And just wants to play with larger breeds
If that's the case than you already have a head start, because you know which area she lacks social skills. From here I would say scout out the dog park and see if the right dogs are in there. If you see a dog that she might have trouble with, it might be a good opportunity to bring treats along and make it a good experiance so that she learns to socialize nicely with medium-hyper dogs. Get her accustomed to them, but keep a keen eye open. The first sign of discomfort on your dogs part, take her away from the situation and get closer only as she feels comfortable. You can talk to that dogs owner and see if she/he will join in and maybe meet up out of the park so that you can get your dogs to like eachother.
 

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Not really sure if I should take her in on the leash until she finds out she will be OK...
Please don't take your dog to an off-leash dog park on a leash. Even a social dog may feel defensive and vulnerable in this situation.
 

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I am a big fan of dog parks and believe they are a great way for dogs to burn off excess energy.

That being said, you have to make sure your dog is comfortable prior to attending one.

I have seen people bring their dogs on leashes to our off leash park and it only seems to cause problems. The dog cannot run away if scared and from then on the dog is very cautious and doesn't interact or play.

I would recommend going to the dog park when there is less people there ie midday. I have noticed there tends to be higher numbers of dogs before people go to work (7am) and when people get off (530pm). If your dog is not totally comfortable, the high numbers probably wouldn't help the situation.

I hope this helped somewhat. Good luck and enjoy the park!!
 

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Just got back from the park with Choca. She got scared, mainly small breeds were there with a large hound (think it was a basset hound or some sort of mix, maybe a great dane), well when my aunts bf took the leash off of the dog she just ran out in the open field greatest thing I have even seen. So the small breeds say "a new dog! a new dog!," and just start chasing Choca around like a game. Other people just start acting as if it were a game until I tell Choca to retreat and so she came into the corner right behind me and starts curling up and yet they still would not call the dogs off. She might of had a small seizure but now she is doing OK. When I did the walk around on the outside of the fence the dogs did OK and so did Choca. I just do not know if she got scared or what.
 

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Irresponsible and ignorant owners are the main reason that I do not like or recommend dog parks. You'd be better off enrolling the dog in a well-run Doggie daycare.
 
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