The dog park is a wonderland for canines and dog lovers alike. The pups get to burn energy and play while the humans can mingle with like minded doggie parents. It’s a foolproof scenario, right?
Well, almost. Our tail-wagging babies love to play, but sometimes it can go too far, turning into aggression.
Rough-housing is normal and healthy for dogs, whether they’re growling at each other, lunging, wrestling or even biting- it’s all part of how they play.
Sometimes though, the lines are blurred when it comes to distinguishing between what is friendly and what is fighting.
First, you need to know the distinct signs of aggression.
How does your pup act out when stressed? Are you noticing any of the following warnings?
If you wish to sign your fur baby up for doggie daycare or you want to start bringing her to the dog park, but you’re worried about aggressive behavior, you can take action to help her feel less anxiety.
Making socialization a priority from an early age is vital for dogs to get them used to being in unfamiliar environments, meeting unfamiliar pets and people.
Socialization can be implemented in two ways:
Remember, dog parks are full of new sounds, sights and smells. It’s a sensory overload that can be overwhelming!
Staying consistent with socialization is key to helping your dog relax and handle stress calmly.
Reduce hormone-driven aggression by having your dog spayed or neutered.
Keep a vigilant eye on your dog by correcting bad behavior firmly, but also with positive reinforcement.