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Old 07-13-2011, 12:04 AM
 
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I was having lunch in a city park that has stone walkways, statues, wooden benches and grass patches when I noticed a bunch of skateboarders ripping up the paths, doing tricks off edges, just being a nuisance for the city folk who wanted to take a break from a hectic day at the office. Soon after I heard deep barks and low and behold there's a big German shepherd lying in the grass, next to its owner, getting up and being told to lie down again...sitting, standing up and barking again. Now this was one powerful bark.
The skaters continued on back and forth in front of parkgoers and the dog did not seem to want to calm down.

My question: what do you suppose upset the dog? The commotion of the skaterboarders rolling back and forth, the sound of the scraping (did it hurt the shepherd's ears?) , etc. ? I don't really know much about dog behavior and whether the energetic barking was a sign he was upset or just wanted to play. When I approached the owner (still kept my distance) and told her how I love shepherds, is your dog friendly, she stated yes, usually he is, but now's not a good time (to approach him). She said she loves shepherds too (this one was fine specimen of the breed, strong, thick coat and huge ears), so I encouraged her to return to the park again soon (hopefully the dog will be calmer!)

P.S. the reason I ask why the dog was upset is because I too would like to bring my dog to an urban park like that one day but only if he/she will remain calm in the face of adversity.

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Old 07-13-2011, 05:56 AM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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Skateboarders doing the same thing would aggravate me too. Anyway, VAW, I guess when you do get a dog you'll pick a nice mellow breed and then maybe take him/her to a park where skateboarders don't congregate.
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:01 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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I would guess he thought the skateboarders were a threat to the dog owner. Shepherds are pretty protective. had a mostly Australian shepherd once, one of the gentlest breeds I thought. I found out she was very protective of me. In that instance I was very appreciative of the trait.
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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My dog would have gone nuts. The loud noises (I know that sound when the skateboards "land") would set him off. The fast movements would have set him off. If the kids were yelling, that would have set him off.

That said, my dog has two doggy friends who would have just laid there, hoping that the kids would have come over and given them belly rubs after they were finished. My dog would just continue going ballistic. Every dog is different and you don't know exactly what irritates each one.
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Old 07-13-2011, 08:23 AM
 
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Interesting post, because I have to GSDs and the odd time skateboarders have been around them, they became quite agitated as well.
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Old 07-13-2011, 08:28 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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It would have upset Katie BUT only cause they were ignoring her LOL Kids aroud here skatboard & jump on off the curbs she wants them to pet her! If they pet her she will quietly watch! If not she barks til they do!
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Old 07-13-2011, 08:29 AM
 
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My best guesstimate would be uncontrolled, jerky movements (skateboard takeoffs and landings) + loud noises (the slamming down on the ground) + people falling and flailing = makes me look and get agitated too. It's a graceless hobby, and may affect this breed's delicate sensibilities.

When you see someone flailing about uncontrollably, and you've never seen it before, along with them making a ton of noise - doesn't it get your back up? Not annoyed, not concerned, but confused -- a heightened awareness and nerves are jangled state? Maybe I just have Aspergers but until you understand a situation, you are on high alert. May be so for the GSD too.
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Old 07-13-2011, 08:38 AM
 
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It would have upset Katie BUT only cause they were ignoring her LOL Kids aroud here skatboard & jump on off the curbs she wants them to pet her! If they pet her she will quietly watch! If not she barks til they do!
Wow really? You see I also wanted to pet him but the owner said it wasn't a good idea. Perhaps he would have calmed down by being stroked instead of being forced to lie down like his owner made him.

Though I tend to give credit to 3DogNight's explanation.
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Old 07-13-2011, 08:40 AM
 
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In that poor GSD's confused state you might have gotten a redirected aggression chomp when trying to pet him. Best she removed him to a less visually stimulating area tout de suite.
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Old 07-13-2011, 08:45 AM
 
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In that poor GSD's confused state you might have gotten a redirected aggression chomp when trying to pet him. Best she removed him to a less visually stimulating area tout de suite.
Good points. Do you think it was the owner's fault for continuing's the dog's distress? When I approached her she said he hates skateboarders...well if that's the case, why keep him in that environment?
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