Hilary took part in a dog playdate in Skellefteå today and had a great time running off leash together with eleven other dogs of different breeds. There were three males present and eight bitches and apart from a minor squabble between two males everyone got along fine. Visiting a dog park isn’t something that we would normally do with our Malamutes (you can read an article about the pros and cons of dog parks here) but since Hilary genuinely enjoys playing with dogs of different breeds and gets along with dogs of both sexes, we decided to give it a try. Hilary first looked surprised to see so many new dogs in one place, but it didn’t take long before she joined in the fun!
Photographer Jörgen S Öfjäll took this great pic from the dog park today. You can see more of his great dog action photos on his flickr page: flickr.com/photos/jstonehill/
Another great shot by Jörgen S Öfjäll – there are five dogs in the picture!
My own pics didn’t have quite the same sharpness but at least you can see that everyone – big and small – are having fun together.
The organisers of this weekly event have set up rules for behaviour for both dogs and owners and the focus is on making sure the playtime is fun and safe for everyone.
Being a Malamute, Hilary is perhaps a little more concerned about canine etiquette than many other breeds, but all the dogs that were present today had a well developed language and got along fine. Someone said that “Dog parks are for dogs that already have good social skills; it is not the place for a dog to learn them.” and I fully agree with that notion.
There are three girls and a boy in this picture.
Hilary had the chance to socialise with puppies and toddlers too…
Here she is greeting a cute Finnish Lapphund bitch.
Playing at the dog park was a new experience for Hilary – but it was a wholly positive one. A big thank you to Nanna and Lovisa for organising this event!