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I'm starting to think that Jax is heading into that "terrible two's" stage that my kids went through. Lately all he is doing is jumping on me when I'm working at my desk, he is stealing socks, shoes, pants, you name it and running outside with it! Last night he ate a pen, squirting ink all over the hardwood floor.. and that's while I turned my back. Today he jumped on the bathroom counter and tried to eat the dental floss.. what is going on with him?? He is usually right by my side, but now I know when he is missing, there is trouble ahead! We go on walks all the time, out to the dog park, he has bones to chew and lots of cuddle time!! Anyone else experienced this? And please tell me.. this too shall pass!!

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Comment by Beverly and Eli on November 12, 2013 at 2:14pm

Oh my that sounds like Eli. He gets into everything. He also does the circular dance!! Mostly at mealtime, we call it "round and round"!

Comment by Lynn, Daisy & Jax on November 12, 2013 at 1:43pm

Thank you Michele.. Maize sounds just like Jax. Underwear, socks, shoes, hats, gloves..you name it.. and yes he does the circular dance of joy!!! At least we are in this together!! And... my Daisy's birthday is Dec 14!!

Comment by Michele Neloms on November 12, 2013 at 12:29pm

Hi Lynn,

My Mazie will turn 1 on 3 Dec 13 and she seems to be going the wrong way with her manners.  She is getting into everything just as you described.  My panties have disappeared only to be found chewed completely up, same with my boys underwear.  Socks...that is a daily thing with her.  She grabs a sock and prances all over then of course she thinks it is a game of chase.  Don't worry you aren't the only one.  If I correct her she starts doing this crazy circular jump...does your baby do that?  Sorry I don't have any words of advice just knowing you aren't alone hopefully will help:)

 

Comment by Lynn, Daisy & Jax on October 30, 2013 at 1:54pm

The dog park we go to is in a neighbouring city. Where I live, we don't have any fenced in areas, which is a shame. The little city we go too has a small park, and if we are lucky there is one other dog there. The pups were so excited on the weekend they found a doodle friend. They played and played. I don't understand either why owners would take aggressive dogs to an area like that. The only snippy dogs we have run across were the really little ones, lol..

Comment by Debbie & Trixie on October 29, 2013 at 7:55pm

You are so right about the bad owners, Alessandra!  It is hard to understand why people who have aggressive dogs would take them to an off leash park, and then not keep an eye on them so they don't attack others!  As far as not cleaning up after them...one of my pet peeves in general, not just at the dog park!  Anyway, we have taken Trixie a few times, and she's enjoyed playing with other dogs there.  We recently heard of a dog fight that broke out though - whose fault depends on which dog's father you listen to.  It killed my enthusiasm for sure.  We've taken Trixie to doggy daycare once a week since she was really little just for the socialization she gets there.  I like the close supervision there, she is safe, and she always comes home happy and exhausted!  Plus, I can't deny that a little break for Mommy is a nice thing! ;)

Comment by Pedro & Alessandra on October 29, 2013 at 7:28pm

We had been taking Pedro to the off leash dog park every Summer (and whenever we had a dry streak) and had good experiences. He definitely learned to come to us on command and further perfected it to be him the one keeping an eye on us all the time. He always met new friends, including some Doodles and rarely did we ever have any aggressive dog around. However two things changed this year, first there were a few incidents that were reported on the news of aggressive dogs attacking other dogs at off leash parks or even walks earlier in the year and secondly, the fact that as he's gotten older, Pedro has grown more protective of us, especially me. And except for the little dogs (small breeds), any other dog that would come close to me and I'd try to pet, he would bark and act very defensive. Not quite aggressive, but I could see it be misinterpreted that way and I couldn't control that behaviour very well, I chose to just not go anymore. If we're with Glen, he definitely has better control of Pedro so I might feel better, but after the incidents of the attacks on other dogs, Glen decided he didn't want to take Pedro and risk him being attacked. So bottom line, we don't go anymore.

I do think that it was great for his socializing when he was younger and I think it can be a lot of fun, but I also saw a lot of disengaged owners that go to an off leash park and get on their phones either talking or texting and let the dogs go and run and do whatever, they don't even clean up after them! As I've always said, it's not bad dogs, it's bad owners... 

Loving paws to everyone.

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on October 29, 2013 at 5:19pm

Mark did the same thing with Pemon.  The Dog park was empty and as soon as someone showed up they left.  Pemon would not leave Mark's side while they were there.  LOL

Comment by Catherine & Jasper on October 29, 2013 at 3:51pm
At the strong advice of our vet and our trainer, we don't take our dogs to dog parks. Our vet said some of the worst injuries they have ever treated come from dogs playing at the dog park. Owners often do not keep a close enough eye on their pets and often bring dogs who are not well socialized as well. I know others have had positive experiences using them, but I know if anything ever happened to our pups there I wouldn't be able to live with myself. Better safe than sorry as they say! We did use an empty dog park once while on vacation, but left as soon as another car pulled up. It really was a lot of fun! Just something to consider...
Comment by Lynn, Daisy & Jax on October 29, 2013 at 2:52pm

We have taken up going to a fenced in dog park for the time being where we still work on "come" and letting the doodles follow us off leash. Less stress and they also get to socialize with other dogs. I would love to know what others experiences at dog parks have been. This is fairly new to us, but so far so good! :)

Comment by Debbie & Trixie on October 29, 2013 at 11:53am

Boy!  It sure makes it a LOT less fun to take them out, doesn't it??  UGH!!

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