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20-01-2018, 05:53 PM

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Hi everyone! I just joined this forum because Iím having a problem with my 2 year old Springer Spaniel mix. Heís been really good about other dogs and playing with them. He has a lot of energy so heís pretty rough.

Whenever we go to the dog park heís super excited and never willing to listen to me unless I sound angry. He wonít come to his name, or sit, or do ďfind meĒ which means heís supposed to bolt to me immediately and it usually works, but not there.

Heís just so excited. As soon as heís off leash he bolts out to meet the other dogs. At that point heís super super far away from me but still in view. It used to be about 10 minutes, but now itís only like 4 before heís chasing and jumping a dog.

The only thing is itís not like really bad humping. Heíll like tackle the dog to the ground and stand over them and then you hear some growling and a little fight breaks out. At that point the owners yell at me and say I shouldnít bring him to the dog park and I feel terrible.

Iíve looked up how to handle this, but the options they give are hard for me to do because he always does it only at the dog park and when heís far away so I canít really stop him when itís happening. Itís usually the other owner ripping him off while I run to put him on a leash.

Iím so frustrated. I want to let him play with other dogs because he LOVES to play and it would break my heart if I couldnít socialize him anymore, but I canít stop him from dominating other dogs and causing a fight!!

Please if you have any idea what I can do to help his problem Id love to hear it ):

Thanks
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21-01-2018, 05:02 PM
I hate rude and out of control dogs that come and want to play with my dogs, and my dogs don't like it either!

Keep him on the lead until you can control him, one day he will pick on a dog that is bigger and stronger than he is and then it will be you doing the shouting.
Bad manners and very rude!!

I hope someone comes along who can help you!
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21-01-2018, 05:19 PM
I'd go further and say keep away from the dog park until you have control of him.

Have you thought about taking him to training so that you can be shown how to handle him in exciting situations? It's well worth consideration
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21-01-2018, 11:36 PM
Couple of things spring straight to mind. Have you asked the other dog owners first if your dog can play with their dog.
Remember dogs don't know words but they do recognise tone of voice and the sound a word makes

it is totally useless saying "come here you norty dog" they don't understand. You need one word commands and be authorative when saying it. If obeyed then praise the animal so they now you are happy with their reaction

One other thing is that if using a training club, dogs soon get to know that when there they have to obey, once outside it is the doggy version of the one finger and "Up Yours"

So the training has to be maintained everywhere and eventually the dog should respond. Maybe a flexilead (they are made in different lengths) and a command might work in the first instances
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21-01-2018, 11:46 PM
Originally Posted by Kvla View Post
Hi everyone! I just joined this forum because Iím having a problem with my 2 year old Springer Spaniel mix. Heís been really good about other dogs and playing with them. He has a lot of energy so heís pretty rough.

Whenever we go to the dog park heís super excited and never willing to listen to me unless I sound angry. He wonít come to his name, or sit, or do ďfind meĒ which means heís supposed to bolt to me immediately and it usually works, but not there.

Heís just so excited. As soon as heís off leash he bolts out to meet the other dogs. At that point heís super super far away from me but still in view. It used to be about 10 minutes, but now itís only like 4 before heís chasing and jumping a dog.

The only thing is itís not like really bad humping. Heíll like tackle the dog to the ground and stand over them and then you hear some growling and a little fight breaks out. At that point the owners yell at me and say I shouldnít bring him to the dog park and I feel terrible.

Iíve looked up how to handle this, but the options they give are hard for me to do because he always does it only at the dog park and when heís far away so I canít really stop him when itís happening. Itís usually the other owner ripping him off while I run to put him on a leash.

Iím so frustrated. I want to let him play with other dogs because he LOVES to play and it would break my heart if I couldnít socialize him anymore, but I canít stop him from dominating other dogs and causing a fight!!

Please if you have any idea what I can do to help his problem Id love to hear it ):

Thanks
Has he been neutered?
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22-01-2018, 06:54 AM
Neutering isn't always the answer, positive firm training is. As others have said keep on lead until you can control him properly.
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22-01-2018, 01:06 PM
You need to train your dog to follow commands. Those commands need to be practised consistently and persistently. He should learn to stop playing when you say by saying "Enough " or command of your choice before you let him loose on other peoples dogs. He won't learn if he's at a distance and you can't reach him quickly. It makes no difference whether he is neutered or what he's fed, they're just smokescreens, he needs to be taught obedience. Practise over and over and he'll get there.
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22-01-2018, 03:54 PM
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Neutering isn't always the answer, positive firm training is. As others have said keep on lead until you can control him properly.
The question was addressed to the OP.
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31-01-2018, 10:21 PM
I hate the modern trend of neutering ... it makes no difference to their obedience or behaviour. My Ben was neutered by a rescue place and it took us several years to achieve what we have with him. I dont like chopping off male dogs balls ... it changes their character.
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31-01-2018, 11:16 PM
I would suggest training outside of the dog park first so he learns to generalize the commands you practice elsewhere also apply at the dog park. Then once he is solid outside try a day when there aren't many other dogs and bring him in with a long line and practice. If he doesn't listen take a step back and keep practicing outside until you can bring him back inside again.
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