|Barked: Wed Jan 16, '13 1:08pm PST |
|Exactly. There have been plenty of times I've looked over at a pup harassing a dog and said "oh, you're really about to get it" If after he does there is no change, that's a lot of info flooding in and then you intervene. It's not about being blind, but being realistic that dogs can teach dogs proper dog boundaries better than we ever could. They have sophisticated communication, only part of which we understand and even less what we can convey. When it is not working as we know it should, we step in.
There was a very interesting study....there is a short video somewhere, and also a peer reviewed paper....of dogs who were presented with a bone in a bowl with a speaker nearby. Three growls were played....a play growl, a territorial defense growl (against a stranger), and a "get the *f* away from my bone" growl. Although the latter two growls were not different to the human ear, the dogs could perceive the differences, and there was a strikingly different response from the dogs. The stranger warning growl did not frustrate the dogs off a bone, but the correct growl for the situation did.
If one of my dogs wants to say "go away"....he is truly saying that. If that is ignored and there is consequence to follow, that is how dogs learn. They can learn other ways, but they will not learn the same thing, which perhaps in future will come up in dog interactions. With some dogs, the span between a growl and a bite is three seconds. Balanced dogs. Kerry Blues. 1.5, .75? That's still enough time for the dog to talk back, "oh, ok!," which would not be language a less experienced dog may have. We owe them to perfect their dog social skills when it can be afforded. We cannot always be right there. Our dogs have to trust us, yes, but we have to trust them as well.
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