German Shepherd Dogs

Everything you need to know about this breed

3 Tips For German Shepherd Owners Going to Dog Parks

Dog parks are taking the country by storm. All across the country, cities are making the effort to create these spaces that are dedicated to dogs and German Shepherd owners love it. For instance, there are dog park rules every dog owner should know when visiting the local parks in both Runyon Park and Laurel Canyon in California that were so popular that they became overcrowded very quickly. New parks had to be built to handle the overflow. All over the state in cities like Long Beach, Santa Monica, Palm Springs and San Diego. These parks are being designed so that the local dog owners have a place to bring their dogs to play and socialize.

If you asked any of the dogs who frequent these parks, they would probably compare them to being in heaven. If you are lucky enough to have a local dog park, you probably can understand the happiness German Shepherds feel when running around, playing with all the other dogs. Not only do they get to be off leash, they meet other dogs and get to interact with all their canine companions.

Natural dog behavior and socialization can look similar to human activity, which can make it interesting for the owners to watch. Dogs form packs, the canine version of cliques, and they have a formalized method of greeting others they know from previous visits and a different method when meeting dogs for the first time. Since they are so expressive, you can tell they are having a great time… some even look like they’re smiling.

3 Tips For German Shepherd Owners

dog-parks-german-shepherdEven though taking your dog to his favorite park is a lot of fun, some owners make some simple mistakes. It is easy for people to forget they need to balance their dog’s emotional needs while at the park.

First, some owners think that visiting the park meets all their dog’s needs. They think that since their dogs enjoy the park so much, they don’t need to be affectionate with the animal at home. Just because the pet spends an hour or two at the park each week doesn’t mean they don’t need to attended to outside the park. If you withdraw attention from your pet, they may also become detached from you, causing behavior problems and anxiety at home.

Second, some owners don’t watch their German Shepherds closely enough at the park. With all the excitement and energy at the park, it is easy for one dog to try to assert dominance over another through aggression. With all the action going on, it can be easy to miss your doggie dominating or being dominated by another. You may think they are just playing, but it could be the precursor to a fight.

Third, don’t be afraid to participate with your German Shepherd when you’re at the park. With all the activity between animals, it is easy to become complacent and let your dog off the leash and just sit on the sidelines. By interacting and watching your pet, you are protecting it from being injured by another aggressive dog, or maybe preventing your own from becoming aggressive with another. Even in a park, you can have boundaries for your pet. They will learn that while they’re having fun, they still need to behave. If you were taking a child to play in a park, you wouldn’t just sit idly by and ignore all their actions while they were bullying others or being bullied themselves.