Dog over excited

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Barked: Sat Mar 2, '13 12:39am PST 
Today I was at a dog park and everything was fine until the end, my 3 month pup was afraid of a pug that was trying to sniff him and started whining and moving away. As I was trying to get my pup, another big dog came to mouth my little pup on his body, I pulled the big dog off by the collar.

Note that I saw this big dog getting excited with another dog from another end of the park and rushed over when my pup started whining. So I'm actually wondering why this other big dog would come all the way to mouth my pup on its body, it didn't bite down hard because when I pulled its collar he let go very easily so it wasn't biting, just mouthing. Was this showing dominance/aggressiveness?

Blame the deed,- NOT the Breed
Barked: Sat Mar 2, '13 8:19am PST 
What kind of puppy do you have? A three month old is too young for dog parks and not a very good place for young puppies. It sounds like a play invitation. Strange Big dog's mouth vs. a little puppy's body not a good mix

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Barked: Sun Mar 3, '13 6:29pm PST 
Hi Marley, thanks for the reply. My breed is a Swedish Vallhund. Yeah it seems that the big dog might have been wanting to play and was over excited. I will probably not bring my pup to the dog park until it becomes an adult. Was wanting to socialize him but I would admit it is too quick and my fault smile

'Barcoola'- Rogue

Door? What door?
Barked: Mon Mar 4, '13 12:38am PST 
Puppy preschools would be a better way to socialise a young pup - between 6 and 16 weeks is the best time to do it, so long as they've had at least one vaccination I think ours require. I also tried to organise to meet up with people I knew that had friendly, vaccinated dogs to introduce Rogue to them.
Augusta,- CGC, RN

Such a Good Dog!
Barked: Mon Mar 4, '13 2:26am PST 
Unfortunately, a puppy can end up with quite a gang of dogs all over him in a hurry at a dog park, not necessarily out of meanness, but they do tend to get the dogs excited, esp. if they're getting scared and vocal. Not all older dogs show restraint in being gentle with pups and if one dog gets too pushy and gets the pup scared, the other dogs often join in out of a pack mentality.

I agree, best to take your young pup to a more controlled environment where he won't get overwhelmed by too many strange big dogs.
Czarka, CGC- UJJ

Why walk when- you can run?
Barked: Mon Mar 4, '13 6:11am PST 
Just a note... all dogs do not like/tolerate a collar grab. In and of itself it can provoke a... less-than-favorable reaction.

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Barked: Tue Mar 5, '13 11:32pm PST 
I'm definitely not in favor of leaving a dog in a situation that terrifies him, but with a new situation that provokes a bit of whining, I will give verbal encouragement, bend down and pet both dogs on the sides or belly, or give treats, rather than stopping the interaction on a negative note. Basically, he's asking "mom, is this situation dangerous? Should I be worried?" and you're answering "yes, it is dangerous, so I'll rescue you" where it would be better to tell him "nope, this situation is A-ok, see?" A dog who won't let himself be sniffed is like a child who hasn't learned to smile and say hi, and friendly mouthing is the basis of dog play; these are crucial skills for basic functioning in dog society. I agree that grabbing other dogs by the collar is not a good idea. Generally people who bring their dogs to dog parks are expecting to have them play/wrestle with other friendly dogs, and will not expect other owners to handle their dogs unless it's a friendly pat. Collar grabs may make the dog or the owner angry, especially in a situation like this where it's not warranted. And in a true emergency, lifting the other dog's back legs and walking backwards is probably more effective.