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Co hosted by yours truly, Love is being owned by a husky!
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Today, I plan on sharing a dog park story with you, and going over a few dog park house rules, that I feel should be an unwritten code for pet owners.
This weekend, we are going to a dog event to raise money for a shelter and have fun while were at at! This event has a doggie water park, obstacle courses, and both on leash and off leash activities.
That being said, we have had Koda for a few months now, and unfortunately have not been able to get him out to the off leash dog park. I know, I know, how bad is that right?
Things have been pretty busy around here lately, but rest assured, he gets his daily walks and romps in the yard, and tons of playtime with his sisfurs, and of course, me.
I originally wanted to bring all three of my huskies to the event, however, not knowing how Koda would act while in an off leash setting with TONS of dogs around, I thought I should probably test the waters before I attempt this.
We brought him to our dog park two days ago.
Just him, and left the other huskies at home. (Not to worry, I made up for it!)
I was happy to see that there was absolutely nobody in the section for big dogs.
This way, I was also able to bring my daughters in the park.
I am not a fan of bringing young children into dog parks when there are just so many animals to worry about.
So in we went.
There are two sections to our park. One for small dogs, one for big dogs.
I LOVE this setup because sometimes the smaller ones get ran over by the bigger ones and ultimately may get hurt.
There were quite a few smaller dogs in their own section, and as soon as Koda got out of our truck, they all went berserk!
Koda, never being in this setting before, was very nervous. It was not the other dogs fault. I take full responsibility for not properly socializing him until now.
He was a tad reluctant to head into the park, but I think he was relieved when he realized there were no dogs in our side.
Then he had a blast!
He ran around like a mad man . . . or husky, I suppose.
Every so often he would head over to the fence line where the other dogs were to say hello. He was getting more and more comfortable.
He also found the toy box pretty darn quick!
Although, when we threw a ball for him, he just looked at us with his smug husky grin as if to say, "you want it? You fetch it!" haha!
And then he came across the most beautiful thing he ever did see.
The pawfectly placed pee pole!
He sniffed and sniffed, ever so carefully pondering the greatest question a husky has ever had to face.
"To pee, or not to pee?"
Of course, he chose, to pee!
He just had to check out the Pee mail that was left from the other dogs, before he replied.
We have G mail, dogs have pee mail!
All was going great, and then finally another big dog showed up, and was headed for our section. So, I had my hubby take the girls out, while I stayed in with Koda.
They sniffed each other, and did their circles while introducing themselves.
Then all the sudden, the unthinkable happened!
The other dog began to hump Koda!
Of course, Koda was not pleased, I called him over to me, and was expecting the owner of this dog to speak up, but he did not.
The dog came over, and began to hump him again . . . repeat the process of getting Koda away, as he was now becoming a bit growly with this dog.
This happened a few more times, and now I am starting to get upset.
The owner of the dog only sat there and laughed as his dog terrorized Koda.
When they first entered the park, I made it a point to go talk to the man, and explain this was Koda's first time here, and he is nervous, so I will be keeping a close eye on him.
After I started to get upset, I kindly told the man, that his dog is really upsetting Koda, and could he please call him off. Which worked . . . for 5 seconds.
Koda was getting very upset and overwhelmed, so I put his leash on, and tried to walk to the other end.
The other dog kept jumping on Koda, and proceeded to hump him. THEN, another dog came in. A very hyper active chocolate Lab.
Koda wanted to play with her. Every time he went near her, she growled, and started biting at him, with her haunches all in an uproar. I am very good at reading a dogs body language, so I know that this lab was not happy. I called Koda to me, and she proceeded to run up to him, bite his leg, and start barking and growling in his face.
Needless to say, I then took him home.
Our experience at the dog park was not a very nice one. Once the other dogs entered, we only stayed a total of 10 minutes when all of this happened. I did not want Koda to be afraid to come back.
The moral of the story :
I should have began socializing him the moment I brought him home.
I am pretty upset with the other owners at the park.
The park is for dogs to come and have fun, not to run wild and have no rules to follow.
People need to control their dogs if they are to have them in a public park.
One major rule I think should be in the unwritten pet owner rule book :
I mean, I realize they are dogs, and this is what dogs do sometimes, but when it is nonstop, and it is clearly making the other dog uncomfortable, please, just ask your dog to stop!
Koda will not be coming with us to the event this weekend.
I am upset, as I really wanted to bring him along,but he is just not ready, and I don't want to overwhelm him.
I think I have made the best decision for Koda.
Have you had any bad experiences at the dog park?
Leave your thoughts in the comments below.