Sunday, July 14, 2013

Exercise & Socialize - Hanging Out w/Friends at the Dog Park!

Hanging out with my chihuahua friends from South Suburban Chihuahua.
We're not being lazy, we just took a walk around the 2 acre perimeter of the park!
It is hot out - the grass is cool under our bellies!
We're all just hanging out enjoying each other's company.  Can you find me in this picture?

Did you know a big part of having a well-behaved dog is socialization?  
Socializing your dog with other dogs and people is a very important part of every dog's life.  We Chihuahuas are a little bit different where the majority do best when being socialized with other chihuahuas.  This dog park is open to the public, so we get exposure to other dogs too.  The park has a side for dogs under 30lbs and another for dogs over 30lbs - we can see each other through the fence.  

If you notice, no one is really carrying their chihuahuas.   This is part of healthy socialization. Also, the dogs don't all play - they choose on their own who they want to play and socialize with.  We ask people who come out to let their dogs connect on their own 'with each other' as opposed to having people play with them -- this encourages the dogs to socialize and play on their own without being forced into it.  Some play, some observe, some just hang out.  They are all different.  The point is to learn good  behaviours from one another.  

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    1. Best day ever when I am out with friends. I wish you could have been there!

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  2. Aw look at all of you cute chihuahuas together!

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    1. Thank you Ann - it was fun hanging out and just laying around like broccoli.

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  3. What a fun meet and greet. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. Thank you Molly - my chihuahua group has over 150 members so we always get a nice rotation of friends to meet. :) WOOF WOOF!

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  4. That looks like a great pawty PB...And I'm glad your hoomins realize you have 4 good paws just like the rest of us dawgs

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    1. We had a great time just being together and walking the perimeter of the enclosed park. =o)

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  5. Glogirly says I need socialization too. ....and I'm a CAT!!!
    ; ) Waffles

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    1. HAAAAAAAAAAA - I hear you. My old friend Hobie (he passed away in the past two years - just short of 22) needed socialization with more dogs. Now, he did not do this to me, but he used to smack my older border collie sister Ethel in the face. And Ethel just put up with it. Go figure!

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