So, I took Xoie to the dog park over the weekend. Gotta start in on that puppy socialization and all. Xoie, like Vinz, is very much a people-puppy. However, to my delight, Xoie is not terrified of other dogs the same way Vinz was.
We started out at the little dog park, seeing as though she is only 5.5 pounds and about 4 inches off the ground. She was not very amused by the little dogs though. When we took her to meet Tom’s dad’s dogs, she was trying to jump on the big one’s head. So after a little while we went over to the all-size dog side. She was having a BLAST! …that is, until the 3 big dogs that were wrestling FELL on her. There was easily 115+ pounds of dog on top of my poor little 5 pound baby. So she wasn’t feeling so playful after then. She ran over to me and made the “please pick me up” face and became flop-dog on my shoulder. Tried going back to the small dog park, but she just wasn’t having it.
So then the next day we went back and she was queen of the little dogs, until somebody taller than her slobbered on her. Dog drool and dirt… ugh. So then it was bath time when we got back home.
I wonder if maybe just bringing another small dog to my house for a few hours would be a better first step than the dog park. I wanted her to run around and wear herself out but she didn’t really do it. Any suggestions?