Let me start off by saying I love my dog to death and he is the sweetest, most non-aggressive dog I have ever known. On the other hand, he is really annoying at the dog park. I try to take him to one at least once a week because it seems like he was socialized very well with humans, not so much with dogs, before he came to me. He LOVES playing with other dogs and running around, but the second other dogs start playing rough with one another, he starts barking. Not viciously, but more of a "Hey guys, cut it out!" type bark. And he doesn't stop. I was humiliated last night when other people were dragging their dogs away from him. He went after the one dog that seemed to be the instigator of the rough play and just kept barking at him. His tail was wagging and he wasn't being aggressive and even play bowed.I dragged him into "time out" to try to calm him down and it would work, until another dog instigated rough play. It's almost like he is policing the other dogs into playing nice.

Does anyone else's dog do this? Is there a way to train him not to, aside from stepping in myself and dragging him away? I've tried "quiet" and he pretty much ignores me, but that works at home to get him to stop. I am looking into obedience classes after the holidays, is that something that would help?

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Comment by Mike Mercado on November 9, 2009 at 2:32pm
Toby totally does this! The bigger faster dogs will be sprinting and rolling around and wrestling, and Toby will sort of play "referee" and dance around them and bark (almost like he's saying, "hey guys, cut it out!"). Me and the other dog park patrons aren't too bothered by this...although Toby does tend to get smacked sometimes when he gets too close to the action.
Comment by Geri & Sidney on November 8, 2009 at 4:18pm
Ugh, Sidney will "woof" to get attention for a treat during therapy visits too. But he's not supposed to bark during visits! We're trying hard to curb this behavior; at least most of the time it's a soft "urf" and not a loud "yap".
Comment by Beth on November 8, 2009 at 11:29am
Bev, I think it's funny that Sparty barks in class if he thinks something is treat-worthy! Jack does this at home, and will "Aroo, arooo!!" all the way to the treat cupboard when we are done. In class he did not bark at me, but he would bark at other handlers who had extra-special treats, like hot dogs or liver snacks. And he sometimes does it on therapy visits, too. It's funny because the other handler will be trying in vain to get their dog to respond to the "look" command (which Jack was not even taught, as he focuses very well). Their own dog will be ignoring them, and then the other handler will look over at Jack because they hear him bark, and there he is, in a "down", staring them in the face. "Look, look, I did it, I did it!" Haha.
Comment by Jeny (and Wrigley) on November 8, 2009 at 11:28am
Sarah, that sounds exactly like Wrigley. He's so happy, but barking his little head off.
Comment by Sarah C. on November 8, 2009 at 9:43am
Mine does this too. She thinks that the only appropriate game is "chase" and if anyone at the park starts rough playing she runs over and barks at them, dancing in and around them while she does. The only way for me to stop her from doing it is to call her back to me and make her sit down. Since the other dogs don't mind (they ignore her) and I don't bring her to the dog park so she can sit in the corner, I just let her do it. I do make sure to inform other owners that she is ok and that she is not going to get over-excited and harm herself or their dogs. No one really seems to mind the barking, probably because it's a dog park, lol.
Comment by Bev Levy on November 8, 2009 at 9:31am
Classes should help but some are just more talkative than others. Sparty gets so excited in class that he whines most of the time and barks if he thinks he did something treat worthy. One class I was in had a lab in the class that whined all the way through too. We felt right at home!
Comment by Carlie on November 8, 2009 at 7:21am
Orzo does this, we take both of our dogs into the big dog side. Yesterday, he got "slapped" in the face by another dog, almost to say "shut up", which actually did shut him up. The problem is that he doesn't do it to other dogs as much as he does it to Kiwi (our other corgi), he won't let her run because he's screaming at her and trying to herd her. I think when we go today we are going to bring a water bottle with us and spray him whenever he starts barking, because it is really annoying. I completely understand the being embarrassed part. Corgis are just German Shepherds with shorter legs, they are such busy dogs. Good luck!
Comment by Jeny (and Wrigley) on November 8, 2009 at 2:52am
Thank you for all the replies! I don't feel so bad about it now lol. The other dogs never seem bothered by it, they keep right on playing and running around, it's the owners I worry about. I feel like people are looking at me like, "Shut your dog up." The people I do start talking to at the park say he is adorable and "spirited", but I still feel like I am getting dirty looks from some of the more overprotective dog parents.
Comment by Deanna on November 7, 2009 at 6:06pm
Yep, Topaz does that exact thing, always has, always will. I think it's mostly out of frustration on her part -- she's a bit over weight and can't keep up with the more "spry" ones in the park, so she gets left out. I just figured that barking is her way of letting them know "Hey, Guys, bring it over here so I can join in!" But in a public dog park, that can be another story -- maybe you should start up a conversation with the parents of the other dogs that were being dragged away, get to know them, let them know she doesn't mean any harm, and that might ease the tension a bit.
Comment by Michelle on November 7, 2009 at 4:27pm
My female does this....She is a highly socialized retired show dog. I have noticed that she does this in a corrective manner when she preceives my male is getting a little carried away....hyper....with other dogs. I sometimes think that dog parks are a little to much stimulation for some dogs. My female is able to censor out certain things publicly while my male is just prone to overstimulation and he tends to get a little over enthusiastic with the other dogs.

The most interesting thing happend last week with AJ....my hubby did not completely close the back door when departing....I was working in the back part of the house when my female began to bark frantically. The door had blown open and JR had gone outside on his own. I think she was acutally warning me. Sometimes I underestamate the intelligence of corgis....I have had a cocker spaniel ( very spactic), a pitt bull/english bull dog mix (smart fellow) an aussie (not the sharpest tool in the shed but a sweetheart), and a mix breed that was smarter that all of the above put together. But corgis just seem to have some actual intelligence.

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