Baxter is a collie cop also known as the fun police. These dogs typically bark at any dog having fun. Thor was like this, so much so, that I stopped taking him to the dog park. I think Baxter wants to be the dominant dog, but seems to back down with a verbal correction. Brett is what I call a happy dominant. He mostly just runs around doing his happy thing, but if confronted will fight. Mostly he ignores dogs trying to boss him around.
We went for a beautiful Sunday morning walk. Double lead on Brett and Rodgers and regular leash on Baxter. He walks really well, either by my side or out in the grass investigating, but doesn’t pull. Every so often I needed to tug and say ‘c’mon’ when he wanted to stay with a smell. We got around to the hockey rinks on the other side of the park and I noticed the boards up blocking the opening on the far side. Brett can jump right over these. Baxter probably could, too, but I’m not sure he would have made the effort. Brett comes right back. I dragged the nets over, though, to block it completely. Let Baxter go and right away he and Brett got into a squabble as he tried to boss Brett around. A quick ‘hey!’ and they were fine. Baxter dealt with this by barking at Brett every time he ran toward him. Baxter didn’t move around a lot but he did run forth and back a bit. We stayed about 20 minutes, then headed back home. All three dogs are tuckered out, but not really in that dog park coma.
Vet appointment tomorrow afternoon, then will schedule a groom and he should be ready to go.