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PostSubject: Bullying at the dog park?   Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:03 pm

i've taken Finley to the dog park since she was little, and she's always had a great time there. It's been her main source of exercise and socialization since I don't have a yard or any other dogs for her to play with. Lately, I've noticed more and more her being somewhat of a bully to other dogs. She had a pretty regular group of playmates that she's fine with, but when a different dog will come up to play who clearly isn't as confident/is very submissive Finley will push them around, tower over them, and nip at them. Even though the other dog will show signs that it isn't having fun and wants her to stop, Finley won't let up. This usually leads to a dog fight, resulting in me feeling terrible, apologizing, and leaving. it's happened multiple times now, and I can usually recognize that shes bothering a certain dog or playing too rough for that dog and pull her away but after she's started its pointless to try and stay because shes fixated on messing with the other dog. Any tips? I would hate to stop taking her but its become pretty stressful and I hate to think that my dog worried other owners. Crying or Very sad
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PostSubject: Re: Bullying at the dog park?   Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:01 am

I could be very wrong but my opinion on the matter is that since you go to the dog park, the same one at that, maybe she sees it as her territory and the "new" dog is intruding. She sees the regular dogs shes played with before as part of her pack but when the newbie comes shes trying to show him or her whos alpha. I'm not sure on how to fix the issue but that's just my guess on the why. I hope you can figure it out. When I went to my local dog park a few years back with my former husky Kimber, there was a group of aussies who would pick on kimber. Once we came a few times they comepletly stopped bugging her. Good luck Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Bullying at the dog park?   Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:57 am

Yeah, i thought that too but I've taken her to another one a few times where she isnt a regular and the same thing happened. Ugh. Thank you!
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PostSubject: Re: Bullying at the dog park?   Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:05 am

Gotcha. I have no idea then. Sad Maybe its just rough husky play.
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PostSubject: Re: Bullying at the dog park?   Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:48 am

You may try doggy daycare where there are a few more people to put her in her place every time she starts doing it. If she can't play nice then she can't play at all. I would remove her if she is bullying and make her sit for a while and just wait. It gives the other dog time to become more comfortable so maybe it won't be quite as nervous to attract her attention. Do something else with her while the other dog acclimates and then try letting her play and see how she does. If she goes right back to it then put her in another time out. It will take a while for it to sink in probably that being a bully is no bueno and there's going to be consequences (she's lucky a larger dog hasn't just pounded her into the ground yet. Nervous dogs can be some of the nastiest) Talking to the owners of some of the nervous dogs before she turns them against you might help too. See if they would be willing to walk their dog with yours so they can get to know each other before they try playing. Play puts dogs at a heightened level of excitement which can lead to bad decision making. Bring her down a notch while she gets to know a dog and while that dog gets to know her.

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PostSubject: Re: Bullying at the dog park?   Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:31 pm

Thanks for the reply! sorry its taken a while to get back, I'll have to try those ideas out. It's so hard at a big park because when she's bullying i have the hardest time catching her and then i look like a fool running around in circles! I'd love to get her into doggy daycare and see how that works out though.
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PostSubject: Re: Bullying at the dog park?   Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:16 am

Would people be upset if you left a long line attached to her while she played that you could step on to catch her so you don't have to chase her as much? I used to do that to one of mine when I first got him so I could bring him in from the yard (have an acre. hard to catch if he doesn't want to be) when he was out playing. His was 12ft.

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PostSubject: Re: Bullying at the dog park?   Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:33 am

Recall training. I'd suggest utilizing a device that makes noises so you can really get his attention. A clicker or e-collar. And reward with attention and a treat.
It's difficult with Huskies, but it may be something to really try to work on.
If you can get him to be really good about it outside the dog park, then start using it in the dog park too. Not just when he's in trouble, but randomly and occasionally just to reinforce it.

Then, if you see a situation getting out of hand, you can recall him right away and hopefully avoid the problem.

The other nice part of this is that you are describing the situation as another dog approaching your dog and his pack. Your dog is in a dominant position here. If you recall him, that new dog enters the pack, and your dog returns to that pack, it may downplay the dominance issue a bit too.
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