Lucie is a natural! She was brilliant in her first lesson.
Addie also was showing off her skills this evening at the dog park. I am very pleased with her progress around lots of dogs and people.
Before we started working with our trainer Matt, we had only been to a public dog park once. I'll be honest, the horror stories have made me fearful of them. I love giving Addie and Lucie the chance to stretch their legs and play in such a large area. Addie is the one that really enjoys it and sprints all over. Lucie simply prances around visiting.
It is safe to say that almost on a weekly basis we have experienced a dog fight and in the last two fights people were bitten (one being this evening). Tonight there were just too many dogs at the park. It is the first day that the sun has come out and the rain has stopped in a while so everyone was out. Our dogs have never been involved in any of the fights. When we see them happening we immediately call Addie and Lucie to us.
The fight that stands out most in my mind happened a few weeks ago. A lady was headed to the gate to leave the park with her large sporting dog on its leash (I don't remember the breed). Another large dog simply walked up to her dog and started circling them. The lady got scared, started screaming and pulling her dog close to her. The attacking dog started lunging in their direction. A bystander stepped in and removed the dog from the park placing him in the gated area to leave so he would be confined. The lady released her dog and fell flat on the ground clutching her chest. We noticed that no one was going over to help her that was near her so we headed over, but by the time we got there a few people had gathered. The lady had been bitten by the attacking dog. A dog park regular starts yelling at the lady on the ground, "You never scream like that in a dog park!" Some choice words were exchanged and the lady left with her dog. Where was the owner of the attacking dog? Good question. The owner showed up after her dog had been removed from the park. She was on the other end of the park not paying attention to what her dog was doing.
I don't believe that I will ever be comfortable at the dog park. Either someone is not paying attention to their dog or their dog starts fights and they don't remove the dog from the park for the day. I wonder if this many fights is normal at a dog park. For our blogging friends that frequent dog parks, do you experience a lot of dog fights?