Dog Park Social Structure

Author: Gary Burselljumping dog

I am a regular at the dog park and enjoy it almost as much as our dog Bailey.  Dogs are one of the most social species, and a dog park is like Disneyland for them.

At about 9:30 each day Bailey becomes agitated.  He will wonder the office and play with toys until eventually he starts poking me in the butt with the leash.  I grab the keys and he instantly knows it is time to meet old and new friends for an uncontrolled hour of canine bliss.  As soon as we get to the park all the dogs greet each other at the gate with a social grace and excitement that makes us humans look like reclusive introverts with no since of kindness.  For a dog it does not matter the size, color or stature, they are just so dammed glad to see each other.  Bailey is a rescued Greyhound Husky mix so he is tall and fast but loves to play with the little ones.  His best buddy at the park is Sammy a Jack Russell/Dauksen who is small and fast.  It is like Mutt & Jeff only dogs.  Bailey does not care if you are fat and slobber, skinny and yippy he just wants to play. All the dogs enjoy each others company.  So why can’t people be like that.  So often I forget to shake hands or give hugs.  A dog would never forget the proper greeting when a friend enters the room.

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10 years ago

Just about every Saturday I take my 3 dogs to Lincoln Park in Aurora. They all go nuts when we pull into the parking lot. They push each other out of the truck and I can barely hold onto the leashes as we go in. Once unleashed they run like crazy. After about an hour they will be back by my side panting and that is when I know it is time to go. Before I get out of they parking lot they are curled up with each other falling asleep.

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