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Old 10-08-2012, 04:29 PM
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Jackson is going to be 4 this week, and he simply has no interest in the dog park anymore. I mean, he goes off and walks around and sniffs other dogs, etc, but he doesn't play anymore.

It kind of makes me sad because it used to be like his all-time FAVORITE thing to do. He loooveeddd the dog park. He would always find at least one dog to run around and play with. Now he's just not even really interested. I mean, occasionally, he'll find the right dog and get in a big running/chase game... but yeah, just... not so into it anymore. I think he's bored with it. We really don't go that much anymore at all though.

It's giving me the itch even more so to get a puppy though, because he loves puppies, and I miss seeing him play. A few weekends ago, my neighbor brought his Lab puppy over and I loved seeing Jackson all back in play-mode with the dog.

Now he come home from the dog park and then whines at me and drives me crazy because he wants to do something since he got NO exercise at the dog park... lol. The only time we ever go now is if we're meeting my uncle up there, or a friend, etc.
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:41 PM
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Lucy's 8, and I can see her becoming very calculating at the park. She used to chase anyone and everyone who walked through the gates. Now she mentally determines whether it's worth the effort, and instead of running laps around the perimeter for an hour, she'll cut the corners and do 30 second bee-lines to cut off a dog. She's becoming very efficient!

It is odd to see such a drastic change in energy levels though. When I brought her home at 3, she literally needed 1-2 hours of solid running a day to be a liveable apartment dog. Now, she's pretty content with just some short sprints (though she CAN still go...she doesn't need or choose to on a regular basis).
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:50 PM
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That's why I love my dog park. The point is not to play with dogs, the point is to run around on the trails, go hiking and swimming. I think I would be way bored of a small dog park before my dog was.

Sorry Jackson isn't feeling it anymore! Maybe go exploring and find some places you can take him off leash safely?

Or get a puppy, that works too.
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:59 PM
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Yeah, Kimma used to LOVE dog parks, but now not so much. I just think she's getting older (almost 3) and she doesn't have time for random dogs jumping on her trying to play (she's more in to chasing than wrestling nowadays). She is also getting more content with less exercise in a typical day and looks to me for training and play instead of other dogs like she used to. Also, I basically have a small dog park living at my house, so they play pretty regularly during the day, and I have friends with dogs that they play with.
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Old 10-08-2012, 05:28 PM
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Four seems awfully early for such a drastic change. I would investigate all health issues just in case. Victor has settled, but even at 8 almost 9 the dog park still brings out the race and play, not to the extreme as before but it deffinatly brings out the desire. Not saying that anything is wrong, just, when my Bronki had a real change at 7 I wish I would have done a health check at that time. It can't hurt to play it on the safe side.
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Old 10-08-2012, 05:50 PM
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Four seems awfully early for such a drastic change. I would investigate all health issues just in case. Victor has settled, but even at 8 almost 9 the dog park still brings out the race and play, not to the extreme as before but it deffinatly brings out the desire. Not saying that anything is wrong, just, when my Bronki had a real change at 7 I wish I would have done a health check at that time. It can't hurt to play it on the safe side.
He's certainly not "old" or old acting. I wouldn't say it was drastic per say, his interest has been lessening more and more over the past year. He's extremely active and can go ALL day long. He just doesn't care to play with other dogs so much anymore *sad face* Like I said, we get home and then he's driving me crazy because he didn't get any exercise LOL. So we'll play outside with some ball or frisbee and go on a long walk. He also RUNS at full speed at my dads house when we visit a few times a week and chases us on the four wheelers (he runs next to me, inside the fence, at 20mph from how I clocked him!) and swims all summer long. So he's fine/healthy in all other regards, just doesn't want to play with other dogs at the dog park how he used to...

But then again, lately it's been all bigger dogs, and I haven't seen a lot of small dogs. So hopefully we have a day this fall where there's a lot of small dogs. I think sometimes he's intimidating by the bigger guys - he is very aware of his size so tends to stay away from rough and tumbling bigger dogs.

But irregardless, he has his yearly coming up, where we'll do bloodwork and checkup and stuff anyways.
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Old 10-08-2012, 05:51 PM
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Is it possible to find someone with a dog and set up regular playdates? Maybe just have a regular friend would keep him excited.
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Yeah, Kimma used to LOVE dog parks, but now not so much. I just think she's getting older (almost 3) and she doesn't have time for random dogs jumping on her trying to play (she's more in to chasing than wrestling nowadays). She is also getting more content with less exercise in a typical day and looks to me for training and play instead of other dogs like she used to. Also, I basically have a small dog park living at my house, so they play pretty regularly during the day, and I have friends with dogs that they play with.
Yes! This is definitely Jackson... he's becoming more into looking to ME for training/play than ever before.

Luckily, he does spend a ton of time with my dads dogs, as well as some close friends dogs. But he doesn't really play with my dads dogs too much.

Ugh, the itch for a second dog has never been greater... lol.
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Old 10-08-2012, 05:54 PM
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Is it possible to find someone with a dog and set up regular playdates? Maybe just have a regular friend would keep him excited.
Yeah, we do this with a dog I used to dogsit, Toby. She then added a second dog and now Jackson hasn't played one-on-one with Toby the same since she added the new girl... because now Toby and Tessa (new dog) play and kind of leave him out, lol. Poor dude! He has the same thing happen at my dads house. Their 2 have their own little "pack" and then Jackson's like the odd one out... haha.

But then I think what happened: he was SO used to going to the dog park to meet someone, that if I took him by himself... he would spend 90% of his time staring at the gate waiting for his friend to come in! I can't win! lol.
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That's why I love my dog park. The point is not to play with dogs, the point is to run around on the trails, go hiking and swimming. I think I would be way bored of a small dog park before my dog was.

Sorry Jackson isn't feeling it anymore! Maybe go exploring and find some places you can take him off leash safely?

Or get a puppy, that works too.
Yeah, I guess it is boring... same old same old. I would LOVE your dog park soooo much.

We do need new places! Oh and new puppy lol.
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