I take my 2 year old (neutered male) foxhound mix to our public dog park nearly every day, and have done this since he was about 6 months old.
This is his favorite part of every day.
He recognizes the dogs he knows and enjoys playing -- chasing, wrestling, keep-away, tug-of-war, etc. -- with them.
With new/strange dogs, he is usually Ok. He will generally approach, alert and not wagging, permit a short mutual sniff, and then give them a double warning bark* and walk away. Often he will then proceed to play with these same dogs, without any further issue, if they are inclined to play.
*(this is the "get away from my frisbee" bark, not a serious snarl or fearful bark).
But. Sometimes it happens that the other dog does not bark back and separate, but instead cringes in place. These are typically larger (than my dog) females, and this behavior seems to set my dog off, so that he continues barking snapping and generally dominating the other until I or its owners have to come separate them. And then sometimes after separation my dog will continue to single out and dominate that same dog.
He's never bitten another dog, and 90% of the time is happy playing nicely with other dogs. A typical behavior for him is to 'stalk' and then race up to one of his friends, bark, and then run away looking over his shoulder; i.e. the come chase me game.
I'm having some negative interactions with other dog owners over this and need to figure out what's up with this playground bullying!
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