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    Default Baxter keeps getting attacked at the dog park

    Every single time we go.

    He seems incapable of understanding when dogs are warning him to back off. He just goes right in anyways, sticks his face right between their teeth, while doing the "bully wave" with his paw right onto their forehead.

    Everyone thinks its cute, but inevitably, he will get fully attacked. Pitbulls are notorious for not putting up with it and also the most dangerous. No offense but after 3 weeks of this, there's a marked difference between the behavior of every dog there, and the pitbulls. I am constantly worried for his safety.

    Yesterday he upset another dog so much by just being so "in their face" (friendly) that it was viciously growling and biting him, while he was screaming in pain. He had Baxter on his back and was ripping at him viciously. Everyone came running.

    10 seconds later Baxter walked right over to the still-angry dog and put his paw on the dogs face while trying to lick him. He wont walk away. He wont get the hint / warning to leave. He focuses on the one dog that is about to destroy him, and keeps going back to it.

    Any suggestions?

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    Awe poor Baby!!! He is just so friendly those other meanies need to learn manners!!! It's ok Baxter we wubbie you!! I really have no advice other than keeping him leashed so you can eagle eye him.

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    I think Baxter is just too innocent, and doesn't realize about "anyone" being unfriendly. It would worry me, especially with pitbulls. I would put him on a long line(like 16ft.) so that if he doesn't know when to back off,you could pull him back. I have never been to-or seen a dog park, but have seen several court cases about pitbull types getting aggressive to other dogs at dog parks. It would scare me-with Baxter not being "street wise." With a long line, he could still play at a distance. It's nice that he gets toplay with other dogs, but not worth him getting torn up. Don't Know what would be a solution. Sure hoping he doesn't get hurt.
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    I agree. Keep him on a tether. Frankie is an in your face kinda bully also. I just pull him back and tell him enough and keep moving along. Dog parks aren't my favorite place anyway. Do you have friends with dogs that Baxter can play with so you can be certain of his playmates temperment?
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    I learned to just take them to the small dog park (our local dog park has a section for small dogs and a section for large). As a matter of fact, everyone seems to converge in the small dog park whenever a pit bull who is not a regular comes in.
    My vet says that bulldogs make weird noises with all their grunting that other dogs don't know what to make of. Someone else on hear made a good point about bulldogs being too "chesty" and getting too close to other dogs' personal space because of their short snout. Whatever it it, I always remove them when another dog they are trying to play with obviously wants nothing to do with them.

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    We have a lot of members here who have pitties so lets try to be careful about pitbulls. I think more the point here is letting any dog have personal space if they are asking for it. Keeping Baxter on a leash until he gets personal space is the best course of action regardless of the breed of dog.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brutus77 View Post
    We have a lot of members here who have pitties so lets try to be careful about pitbulls. I think more the point here is letting any dog have personal space if they are asking for it. Keeping Baxter on a leash until he gets personal space is the best course of action regardless of the breed of dog.
    I apologize. I'm not sure if your post was directed at me, but I was just stating a fact about how people react in my area. It was not an opinion about pit bulls. If we are not allowed to talk about pit bulls though I will be happy to oblige.

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    Quote Originally Posted by agentbunny View Post
    I apologize. I'm not sure if your post was directed at me, but I was just stating a fact about how people react in my area. It was not an opinion about pit bulls. If we are not allowed to talk about pit bulls though I will be happy to oblige.
    Absolutely not. I just don't want anyone to have their feelings hurt. I get being on guard around unfamiliar pitbulls. I really didn't mean it to any one person in particular. This is the best site for discussion. I would never want anyone to feel censored. I apologize if you thought i meant you. Common sense applies to all breeds. Unfortunately our crazy bullys think everyone and everything is there for their entertainment!
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    Quote Originally Posted by brutus77 View Post
    Absolutely not. I just don't want anyone to have their feelings hurt. I get being on guard around unfamiliar pitbulls. I really didn't mean it to any one person in particular. This is the best site for discussion. I would never want anyone to feel censored. I apologize if you thought i meant you. Common sense applies to all breeds. Unfortunately our crazy bullys think everyone and everything is there for their entertainment!
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    Agreed with everyone -either keep him leased and when you see him getting "in their face" -simply call him back to you (if his not good at the recall bring him back)
    After the incident i would keep Baxter away from the other dog rather than allow him to go back-this is accident waiting to happen -the fault would be on both sides
    Pit-bull or not -tbh! I always got annoyed when i was walking with my rescues or foster dogs on the leash ( especially those that were new to my house hood ) and some strange dogs in all shapes and sizes came running in at full speed into my american bulldogs, pits ,amstaffs -whats worse -after asking the owner to recall their dog and while walking away they done it again - if anything would happen -one of mine dogs would be to blame -even to they were leased -but they were bull breeds .

    In the case if dog parks where they all running around playing etc -it is the owner responsibility to make sure their dog is behaving ,and playing right -we all know Baxter is a softie but this attitude of going back to a dog that do not want to play with him got to be changed-to avoid problems for both of the owners-and if it cant be changed simply take him away when you spot hes getting too much

    Im sorry but off all the years if owning pits i know one thing -those dogs have a lot of patience -but like with any breed they all have their
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    Well if you know other dogs are going to attack him and bite him, then Do not take him there. By you doing this you will eventually make him mean. That is no way to socialize him. Take him where he and other dogs are on leashes, so they can not attack him. Sorry if I sound rude, but it's not good to take him places where he will get attacked. This is why I do not take my bullies to off leash parks. That is a good way to get your boy hurt bad or even killed if some pits attack him.
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    Default Baxter keeps getting attacked at the dog park

    Great advice above. One thing I've started training curly to do is sit whenever a dog walks up to him and stay seated while the other dog smells him. I keep him on a leash and I don't let him walk up and introduce himself to other dogs because he is chesty too.

    But I agree with @Davidh maybe instead you look into a EB meetup to bring Baxter to. You have had so much bad luck with dog parks.


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