|Barked: Sun Dec 30, '12 1:32pm PST |
|I feel I need to clarify, since my suggestion of the "dog park" could be misleading. In my city, these are generally unfenced, large, off-leash areas where you will also find joggers, bikers, and others taking advantage of the park. Staying on the edge (which could be miles long) or even keeping to a quiet area of the park wouldn't be stressful, nor would you encounter many dogs at a time. But you would get the chance to allow Vienna to notice other dogs without feeling threatened.
I have to agree with the other posters, that the type of dog park with an actual gate, where dogs congregate around the entrance, would probably be far too sttimulating for Vienna.
Also, your goal is not necessarily ever to have her playing with other dogs (although she may eventually enjoy doing that) but rather, to enable her to walk past a dog without getting scared and feeling the need to launch a preemptive strike.
Have you looked into any behaviorists available in your area?
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