|Tiller- (Skansen's- Ira in the M|
I DO Exist...To- Drive You Batty
|Barked: Tue Jan 15, '13 10:20pm PST |
|I agree with Tyler re the bully stick....I wouldn't do anything apt to spark anything intentionally...but let's face it, the main stress in the situation was the SBF criticizing you and your dog, D'Ar. The scene itself was puppy acting like puppy, D'Ar confident to express himself. Self expression is good (to a point)....just as it can be affirming to us, it can be affirming to them.
These things are affirmations to the dog that he is in control of his universe. It is on us as owners to not put them in unreasonable situations. A dog who doesn't like puppies is in an unreasonable situation if placed with one. The puppy himself is also in an unreasonable situation if he is placed with such a dog. But when the two get on well generally, there's no real reason to get up in their business. Puppies learn well from adults, and a lot of adult dogs appreciate the role of mentorship. Sure, they may snark, but snarking isn't "bad" in the absence of other tension signs; it is self expression and them being invested aunts and uncles.
It's always important to remember that body language isn't only one thing, but oft a combination. I could probably list off the top of my head ten different versions of growls without scratching the surface. I often read growls very differently with bones dependent on if they continue chewing or they stop to issue the growl, particularly if they bare front teeth. In my years with dogs, a consistency I find is that if the dog keeps chewing (this does not include chewing more frantically!) while growling, that is likely all he will do, whereas if he stops chewing when he growls, particularly if his body tenses, he may be issuing a far stronger warning. Sometimes, the best way to learn canine body language really well is to be a student and look at the actual dog receiving the message. Some are socially inept, but well adjusted dogs can educate you well. And it's important, re that socially inept comment, to remind that that most likely is a dog separated from his litter too early and/or not corrected enough in his formative periods.
At any rate, D'Ar, most of my comments had to do with the puppy. When I puppy coach, I always stress the most important thing one can learn is the art of redirection. I personally am not into time outs, I suppose because they become the bane of my existence when people get pups of known rambunctious breeds....Labs coming VERY much to mind, lol....who then time out multiple times a day, on and on and on. That to me is cruel. Puppies are highly social and thirst engagement. Isolating them? No. If you learn to redirect, that's the way to go IMO, unless they have gone into such a banana head frenzy "high" that the moment has completely gone to pot. Then you time out out just so he can get his bearings. Although I myself never do....if I can redirect a puppy in that phase (which wasn't what you were describing), then I know our future is very bright indeed
So really, with this scene, the fault wasn't on you, wasn't on D'Ar, wasn't certainly on the puppy....who is a BABY....but on the SBF. If some other dog had a bone, obviously play time was not in that moment, and he should have redirected the puppy.
My comments were more generalized re one's own puppy in the home. If it's not a bully stick, it may be a toy, a pillow (Tiller loves those, lol) or whatever else. It's just a part of life and living and important lessons for the puppy to learn as to what is appropriate and what is not. My dogs tend to be very well socialized, and while puppies can get on their nerves just as with any other dog, they LOVE puppies, and most credit for my dogs' good social behavior goes to their breeder and my own dogs being good mentors. If they wanted to pop off on one of their puppies, that never was a fright to me. They are brother dogs and will live their lives together, and it's really on them to figure it out. They know far, far more on the issue than I do, and I would never kid myself otherwise.
Edited by author Tue Jan 15, '13 10:24pm PST
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