Sleepy Sky

I take Sky for a walk everyday at a neighborhood park and then, time permitting, we stop at the dog park for a friendly romp and a play. I guess I just love my dog so much that I cannot comprehend other owners who are not as caring or observant of their dogs--especially at dog parks.

So yesterday, while Sky and I are playing fetch, a Lab and a Beagle (both males) are playing and wrestling right in front of me. I know the beagle from previous times at the dog park, he is a rescue dog, overweight, submissive, and so unbelievably sweet. This was the first time I had seen the Lab and its owner. Well in the midst of playing the Lab begins mounting and humping the Beagle who is then trying to disentangle itself from the dog. But the Lab keeps following the Beagle and humping it and since its right at my feet I nudge the Lab off so he'll stop doing that; I mean I would not want that Lab doing it to Sky.

The owner, who is just sitting on the bench in the shade watching it go down goes, "Oh its ok, they're both males." I respond, "Yeah, but you don't want him humping the other dog." The owner says, "Yeah but its a dominant thing, so its ok."

I'm shocked at his response and reply, "Well I wouldn't want your dog humping mine." He doesn't respond and allows his dog to go to town on the poor Beagle. Since Sky is standing there watching I decide its time to leave the park. No need to be in a park with owners who just don't really care. Sky has been in situations where a more dominant dog fixated on him which led to Sky getting hurt, so now I follow the rule that when I'm uncomfortable its time to leave and take the fun somewhere else.

Regardless, Sky seemed pretty content from his few hours of walking and playing fetch with the friendlier dogs and zonked out when we got home. At least someones happy. ^_^

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Comment by Derek on January 23, 2010 at 5:44pm
I see little harm in this paticulr event, as the other dog was submissive. But I know dogs who would have rounded on the lab and bit him on the lip for trying it. It is a behavior that needs attention. I just LOVE it when dog owners say "it is just a dog being a dog." Dogs piss on carpets, eat shoes, tear around the house, and run loose. Just because the dog exhibits the behavior does not mean it is acceptable. It means you have to spend more time with your dog and work on the behavior. You can tell I have delt with this a lot. LOL
Comment by Ashley on January 23, 2010 at 5:06pm
I feel the same way as well. People bring their dogs to the park to have fun and get some exercise at the same time. Not to be held down and humped the whole time. It's just not right. I would be doing the same thing, I actually would have gotten a little more angry if the dog were humping MINE & did not care!
Comment by Rebecca Marie O'Bryan on January 23, 2010 at 4:05pm
i know what u mean, i had the same thing happen to me at the dog park and then another time i took my dog snoopy. he was attacked multiple times by a pit bull ( i have nothing against the bred).but snoopy is a dachshund and to have a big dog bite and toss him around multiple times is ridiculous. the owners did nothing and i was angry and now snoopy hates big dogs
Comment by Bev Levy on January 23, 2010 at 2:07pm
People can be really stupid sometimes! It is not any better with kids...

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