The Dogs at the Park Scare My Sweet Little Pup
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The Dogs at the Park Scare My Sweet Little Pup

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Sushaaa/iStock/Getty Images Plus. Beast Mode is Slate’s pet advice column. Have a question? Send it to [email protected] . We love dogs and cats equally, and reserve treats for questions about your turtle, guinea pig, bird, snake, fish, or other beast. Dear Beast Mode, We’re lucky to live near an amazing space designated for off-leash dogs. It’s about a mile long and mostly wooded, with lots of bushes to crash through, fallen logs to jump over, and holes to improve upon—it’s basically doggie paradise. There’s a fence surrounding the entire space, with gates at various points of entry. Its proximity to our house was part of the reason why we adopted this specific dog. (We believe she’s a podenco-galgo mix, but that’s just our best guess.) She’s sweet, but somewhat shy. Whenever she meets new dogs at the doggie paradise, she’s got her tail between her legs during the initial sniff-over that dogs do, and when that’s over, she might be willing to play with the others. My question is not about her though: It’s what we should do about the pooches that clearly terrify her at the off-leash park. Some of the dogs […]

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