Today, I decided to give Tierce a run at the dog park. Things were normal – a number of dogs running about and Tierce doing his usual run-around to all the dogs and then looking for a place to poop.
The problem started when a Border Collie started following him about. Now, dogs come up to Tierce all the time and follow him around when he’s looking for a spot to leave something for posterity, so I didn’t think much of it – I was busy following him myself so I wouldn’t have to take a bearing and use a GPS to find his crap.
Suddenly, Tierce decided that he did not like this dog. I didn’t see the dog do anything to Tierce, but Tierce snarled and snapped at him. This would have been okay if Tierce had just snarled and gone off on his own business, but the Border was moving away and Tierce was following him with the same jerkish behaviour – snarling and snapping and generally being an asshole.
In an unprecedented stroke of Shiba benevolence, Tierce came after two commands and an unsuccessful swipe at his collar and I popped him in my arms and hauled him out of the dog park tout de suite.
I called an apology to the girl who evidently owned the Border – Tierce didn’t actually bite him, but she was looking unhappy about this turn of events. She didn’t reply to my salutation.
I took Tierce for a turn around the path that loops around the dog park on the outside and returned to station myself and Tierce outside the fence. He didn’t have a reaction to any of the other dogs, but I didn’t think putting him right back in the dog park was the greatest idea.
I’m going to take Tierce back tomorrow and see what his behaviour is like. I’m just hoping that this doesn’t indicate that Tierce may have to eschew the dog park in the future. Maybe I’m just paranoid and it was just a personality conflict. I mean, the Border could have dissed Tierce’s mom or something.