Posted : 3/21/2008 1:58:55 PM
I agree that the dog park is not a good solution for trying to fix this behavior.
You have to consider the other dogs who are there trying to enjoy themselves.
Having your dog on a leash with so much stimulation around is actually causing your dog to be more anxious around the other dogs and is ultimaltely doing more harm then good.
Your dog needs to be desensitized to the presence of other dogs.
What kind of previous socialization has your dog had? Meaning what did you do with him as a puppy?
You could start by grabbing a pocket full of treats and walking to the dog park. As soon as your dog starts to display this behavior you should stop, put him in a sit and give him a treat for his attention. Wait until he calms down......this could take a while. Keep distracting him with the treats until he reaches a calm state then go home.
The next day try to get a little closer......so on and so forth and reward him with treats to distract him and keep him calm.
This exercise should be done when your dog has had a bit of time to release pent up energy so he isnt at full throttle. Exercise him at home or away from the park before you attempt this.