by abbeyjporter on 15 May 2018 - 09:05
by Sunsilver on 15 May 2018 - 12:05
Dog fights in dog parks are very common. http://leerburg.com/dogparks.htm
Small dogs will sometimes trigger the prey drive of large dogs, resulting in the small dog being grabbed by the neck and shaken to death.
People need to realized that dogs are not children with fur, and the chance of this sort of thing happening is very real. I also blame the all-positive trainers who say pack structure and dominance are a myth. NOT true! I have studied the biology of different groups of animals, and if dogs DO NOT have a pack structure, then they are the only animal living in groups that does not. Yes, it may be different and more fluid than what scientists observed decades ago in their studies of captive wolves, but it DOES exist!
Certain breeds have more of a tendency to dog-on-dog aggression than others. I was not surprised to see Akitas mentioned in the Leerburg article. Unfortunately, Cane corsos are another breed that can be aggressive, but every breed has its bullies. There used to be a lab mix at a local off-leash dog area who had a terrible reputation for ripping up other people's dogs, and because the off-leash area was an unofficial one (a hydro right-of-way) there was not much anyone could do to stop it other than avoid the dog! Our local animal shelter recently had to euthanize an aggressive golden retriever which attacked its owner, then attacked and seriously injured a shelter worker.
To sum up the key points of the Leerburg article:
Dog owners need to carefully watch their dogs while at a dog park, and not be focused on their cell phones or talking to other dog owners.
Small dogs should be separated from large ones, as a large dog can hurt or kill a small dog very quickly.
Owners need to learn to recognize the body language of dogs. A stiff body posture, staring, growling, etc. often warn of a fight before it happens. Also, an aggressive dog will often T-off on another dog (put its head over the other dog's back.) Dogs will sometimes exhibit stalking behaviour if about to attack a smaller dog.
Female dogs should NOT be brought to dog parks if they are in heat, about to come in heat, or have recently been in heat. This will trigger aggressive behaviour amongst male dogs, even those that have been neutered!
Owners should always keep their leashes handy, and know how to break up a dog fight. They should also train their dogs to respond to them even when off leash and playing with other dogs. This way, if the owner sees a situation developing where their dog may be attacked, they can get their dog out of harm's way before it happens.
Above all else: KNOW YOUR DOG!! If you can't trust it 100% to not attack other dogs, stay away from dog parks!
One bad experience at a dog park can cause your dog to develop reactive aggression, and want to attack any dog that comes near it. Many people avoid dog parks completely for this reason.
by Centurian on 15 May 2018 - 14:05
by Hundmutter on 15 May 2018 - 16:05
by joanro on 15 May 2018 - 18:05
That is a deal breaker for me if someone says they intend to go to the dog park with a pup from me..
Sunny, absolutely, dogs are NOT furbabies....another deal breaker for me when I hear that term used referring to a dog.
by Lunastar on 15 May 2018 - 22:05