For the last few weeks Etta and I have been heading to the local recreation area for some play time with other dogs (and chit chat time with their owners for me). As I am sure I have mentioned before, Etta is shy with people but she LOVES other dogs. When she is around her furry kind she comes out of her shell and is so much happier. It is great to see her being the goofy, outgoing dog I know at home around the people she meets when we are out at the play group.
All of the dog parks in and around Portland are a bit of a trek from my home but I still want Etta to get some play time in on the weekend, so I put the word out about the play group. Last week there were about 10 dogs who showed up with their people and it was great fun! Etta had an especially terrific time tearing around with three young Vizslas.
Puppy play groups are fun for dogs and their owners but it is always important for young dogs to be socialized around dogs of all ages. That way the older dogs (so long as they are well behaved) can teach the young pups appropriate dog manners. Of course, it is important to supervise the play and make sure no one is being bullied or becoming too dominant.
Here are some pics from last week’s romp in the park!