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is your small dog being bullied in the dog park?

Saturday, July 21, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

You take your small dog to the park so he could run around and socialize with other dogs but he’s being bullied. What do you do?  Some dogs bully other dogs at a dog park, doggie day care or beach area. As with children, often this bulling takes place in large groups and most of the time it’s the larger dogs bullying the smaller ones.

When you take your dog to the dog park or other areas, watch how he behaves with the other dogs.  You can tell if your dog is being harassed by other dogs if they surround him, gang up on him, jump or growl at him.

Signs of Dog Bullying

A dog that is being bullied is one that:

  • The dog is  always happy around other people and dogs, but very   scared around dogs  that bully him.
  • The dogs toys are taken away.
  • The dog is being attacked, pushed around and blocked by the other dogs
  • In a worst case scenario, the dog is bitten and badly hurt.

You cannot tolerate this behavior!  Find out what’s causing the harassment and try to put a stop to it. Many time the owners of the “bullies” are just plain negligent. Contact a staff member in this case and watch your dog carefully at all times!

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