|Barked: Wed Sep 5, '12 12:33pm PST |
|Frankie is 16 months and we took him to a not-so-local dog park the other day. Been wanting to check this dog park out, as it is in a newly built up section of the city, so I figured it must be pretty decent.
There is a regular park near it, and that regular park is very nice..Then there is the dog park, one side for large dogs, the other side for small dogs.
There as one large-breed dog in the large dog section, and some lady brought 4 of her small-breed dogs to the small-dog section. One was a toy poodle/chihuahua mix, two were lhasa apso-mix siblings, and the other was some other chihuahua mix.
The chi-poo was the friendliest and the liveliest. The other chi mix was a little reserved, he/she mostly hung around the hose getting cooled off, and the two lhasas were also pretty chill, but they all romped around a bit. It was a somewhat hot day, but not terrible.
Frankie made a bee line for the lady who owned the 4 dogs, giving her TONS of puppy love..then he romped VERY briefly, very nicely and rather well-behaved, but then he pretty much hung around right beside me the rest of the time, sitting beside me, on the park table bench. We put him back down on the ground and he romped very briefly then jumped back up beside me on the bench.
He normally loves going up to other dogs, but he really stayed near the humans. It was not that hot that day, we have had days hotter than that and he has been more playful..
But he really kinda just hung by the humans..
I do not know how to get him more socialized with other dogs. I know as a baby he was around LOTS of small-breed dogs but other than a puppy class we took when he was 4 - 5 months old, he really has not had much exposure to other dogs, esp dogs not on leashes.
I guess on one hand yes he needs more socialization with dogs, but is it terrible that he seems to prefer humans over canines...?
I really do not know how to get him more dog socialization. Everyone we know who has dogs has very large dogs, nobody close-by with small dogs..
Maybe he was just being a little bashful.
We were only there maybe 15 minutes, max.
S/O decided to take Frankie out of the heat, even though it really was not that hot..
I like this dog park idea well enough but it gets pretty muddy with the hose/shallow water for the dogs to romp in, and then romping through the grass. Which is no big deal if the dog has a blast, but he did not seem to have a blast..
And this park is not close by, so if the lady with her other dogs was not there, it would have been realllyy boring...
At any rate, not sure if this is him losing out on dog socialization since he was a baby, him being shy, or just preferring the company of humans over dogss, being a companion breed...?
Maybe it was just too hot..
at any rate, I guess if he is going to bond more with dogs or humans, humans is better..
And here I was weorried he missed his siblings and his playmates from his babyhood...I guess he is a pretty happy pup...or is he..???
Like I said, I really do not know how or if it is even really possible for him to get regualar dog socialization, so is this seeming human-bonding bad for him...?
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