Quarantined

Determined not to let our bad experience ruin all future dog park excursions, I took him back to the dog park today and put him in the small dog section. Since no one ever uses the small dog section, he was essentially quarantined. We stayed for about an hour or so. He got to sniff dogs through the fence and run along side it. I also played fetch (yes, I was the one fetching) and ran around with him. Loki's behavior was fairly calm and normal. Aside from his apparent desire to be in the main area, he was happy.


I thought that there would be fewer dogs today, since it was a Monday. But, no. There were plenty of dogs this afternoon. I think I'll try going to the dog park daily (or as much as possible). If there are only one or two dogs, I'll go in the main area. Otherwise, we'll try the quarantine. I hope that works.

I think the dog fights must have traumatized him. His behavior has completely regressed. He was doing really well for almost half a year now. But in these past couple days, he's been very snappy. He's not afraid to express the fact that he does NOT like being picked up or handled. He even gets snappy when you just pet him! Admittedly, I'm a bit more cautious about touching him in any way, and I'm sure that he can sense my negative energy.

I try to remind myself that sometimes unfortunate situations occur, and his bad behavior can be corrected. It just takes some time and patience. Still, I'm a bit heartbroken by how snappy he is toward me.

6 comments:

Bonnie said...

Good for you for going back! Keep going and be determined. It may take time for you both (mostly you probably) ;) It is very unsettling when something like this happens, especially when teeth are involved! Sushi used to get snappy with me too. I stand my ground now, but I can "read" him better now too, which really helps. I can diffuse a situation before anything might happen, but it is still a work in progress at times. Don't give up! I"m glad you used the small dog area, and that it doesn't bother Loki. Sushi would snarl at the other dogs on the other side of the fence. I know most of his behaviour stems from how I was feeling. Changing that, plus learning how to deal with any issues really helped us a lot.

Maro said...

Hi,

I've been enjoying your blog some time, I really like the way you describe your Loki - he is very lucky to have you as his parents! I have 17 months old male shiba. I adapted him about 4 months ago and he was very snappy when he came. I just wanted to say that I'm really sorry to hear what happened to him at the dog park. I'm not an expert and don't have a good suggestion but please be patience with him and don't give up on him... Is there any smaller dog park (not area for small dogs) around your place? I prefer going to smaller one as everyone can watch the dogs activities closely.

Xarien said...

Hi Maro,

Thanks for the comment. We wouldn't think of getting rid of Loki, he's family! He'll work through this and continue his big dog stuck in a little dog body mentality in no time. I'm the optimist in the family. :)

KAY said...

Just keep trying.
Give Loki tons of hugs and kisses.

Maya said...

Way to be brave. You'll have the old Loki back in no time!

2shibas said...

I'm the furthest thing from an expert, but if it's any consolation Fievel rarely lets us touch her below her shoulders. She loves to be pet, but needs to see our hands - otherwise she gets aggressive and snaps at us. I think this is why we always read "Shibas are not for everyone" in the dog books. Try not to be disheartened. We're dealing with an ancient breed!

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