Dog Behavior: Pack Mentality and Dog Park Safety

Dog behavior at the dog park is largely dictated by the pack mentality.Dog parks can be wonderful places for pets and their people to play, exercise, and cultivate an enduring friendship. Indeed, images of happy, carefree dogs frolicking in an open field come to mind – but the reality is often much different. Certain aspects of dog behavior preclude a safe, enjoyable experience, but a successful visit also hinges on a dog owner’s fully realized understanding of the pack mentality.

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Taking your dog into an unfamiliar dog park with strange dogs may quickly trigger pack instincts. Some dogs naturally lead the pack; others try to contend with challengers. Some dogs can be quite content to follow the pecking order within the pack, while others display absolute avoidance or downright shyness when it comes to other dogs they haven’t met before. Continue…