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How to control your dog in the park


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Q: My dog always barks at other dogs in the park. He's never attacked a dog, but he doesn't sound friendly. When we walk somewhere new, he doesn't bark, and even plays with other dogs. Why?

A: As your dog is friendly towards other dogs when he's walked in a new area, I don't think his behaviour is related to a fear of dogs. If you walk him in the same park frequently, it's possible your dog may regard that park as part of his territory. He is probably barking to tell the other dogs to keep out. He behaves differently when he's somewhere new as he doesn't see that as part of his territory. If possible, try to walk him in lots of different places so that he doesn't become accustomed to just one area. Always have some balls or toys with you and encourage him to play on walks, so that he concentrates on you rather than worrying about other dogs.

Inga Mackellar, behaviourist


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Cherrydown Vets
Great advice given here. Dogs can be territorial so to counter act this somewhat a variety of walking destinations can be a good solution.
Cyril Davey
I have a Terrier cross who is not good with other dogs whilst lead walking. If i take him in the car he does not pay attenion to other dogs.I tend to take him out away from oher dogs which i feel is not helping the situation. Can anybody help? He is otherwise a very friendly dog even with young children.
louise hassall
i have a westi who is very territorial at our local walk to the point he thinks everyone's toys and balls are his . he will run off with them and has evan gotten into a fight over a ball with a dog he has known since walking out at 12 weeks.. we have recently got a puppy and thinks he needs to protect him .when on their leads... so now we go on other walks and i rotate them he stopped it now and plays nicely with any dogs we come across also the variety stimulates him ..
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