Guest maya's mom Posted February 9, 2009 Report Share Posted February 9, 2009 This situation happened yesterday and I need some suggestions on how to proceed from here. This may be a little long, so I apologize in advance. But I want you all to have as much info as possible, to help assess the situation. Yesterday I took Maya (13 months old) to a dog park that we frequented almost daily this summer. We have only been a few times this winter, and haven't encountered any other dogs while there. This time though, there was a 4 month old, male Akita puppy there with his family, including 2 small kids. Initially, I was glad, b/c I knew Maya hadn't had enough dog interaction lately. She loves kids and was very excited to see them. She even went to check them out, before paying attention to the puppy. This puppy was very nice and well behaved, and never acted aggressive or anything, the whole time he was there. He was though, interested in Maya and was sniffing her and otherwise just trying to be near her, and engage her to play I guess. The very first time he came over, she immediately showed her "mean" teeth. She proceeded to do this, along with "air-snapping" toward him. Again, the puppy never did anything other then try to get near her and seem to want to play. He didn't growl, paw at her, jump on her, etc.....I was very embarassed and apologized to the family. Their reaction though, was to say it was fine, don't worry......and to let them be, b/c their puppy needed to learn that not all dogs want to be played with, etc. All in all we were there for 45 minutes, and Maya's behavior toward the puppy never changed. I was able to distract her some with her frisbee.......I got her (& the puppy) to sit and take treats. She let the kids play with her and throw her frisbee, and she even took treats from the puppy's owner. But when ever the puppy came near her, she showed her teeth. One thing that's weird though, is that I started to wonder if she thought she WAS playing with him, b/c she never actually bit him, and a few times, she even wandered in his direction, when he wasn't paying attention to her......... The reason this behavior worried me, is b/c of another situation that happened at the same park this summer. Maya is a typical BC, and she doesn't usually actively engage other dogs to play. She just watches them, and runs along side them with her frisbee. This summer, sometimes when a dog tried to play with her, she would just back away from him and run off. Well one dog (a golden mix), was a little aggressive with her and scared her pretty badly while in the pool. She was chasing her non stop and was barking at her and snapping near her face. Maya was so scared that she even put herself under water to get away from the dog. That time, we left the park. The next time we saw the dog, it acted the same way toward Maya, and it did make contact and bite her in the face. (No harm done though.) But when that happened, Maya snapped back for the first time and the dog backed off. The next few times we were there, I saw Maya show her teeth to a few dogs the very first time they even came near her. This only happened with dogs she didn't know. (There were 3 or 4 dogs that were always there when we were this summer, and she never did this to them.) So, after all of that rambling (sorry!), I guess the root of my concerns, is wondering if she is going to act this way all of the time now, around dogs she doesn't know, at the park. She doesn't do this while meeting new dogs on a walk, on leash, at a pet store, etc. She also has a play date every now and then with a few dogs we know, and is around dogs our family members own, and never does this to them. This is making me scared to take her to a dog park, b/c I am afraid she will do this to a dog who IS aggressive, and she will get hurt. Part of the problem is that I am a little afraid of dogs (attacked by a doberman when I was little), so I would be afraid to break it up, or even know what to do. We haven't been able to continue with her group training (she did finish a few months of puppy classes), b/c I lost my job and money is just too tight. We have been working together at home from books, etc. But admittedly, she hasn't been around other dogs very much since the pool at the park closed in early October. Please let me know the best way to handle this. I want her to be able to be around other dogs, at the park and other places, without issue. Thank you. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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