|Tiller- (Skansen's- Ira in the M|
I DO Exist...To- Drive You Batty
|Barked: Wed Jan 23, '13 12:27pm PST |
|Some dogs don't like each other. I always say that's fine....that's their right. I've had multiple dogs forever. Some simply tolerated the others. Only once did I have a pairing where I felt it was a great friendship match, Giant Onion and GSD Philo, and ironically enough, for all the times I had wished for "best buds," it really ticked me off because everything took longer with Philo. How are you going to compete with a Giant as to who is the cooler one to hang with? Granted, part of my error was Onion was just a year and a half old when Philo came in as a puppy, and for a Giant that is still puppy stage, so they were on the same wave length and Philo thought Onion was just the most spectacular thing that could be.
One thing about the CM thing....the way that works is that a dog needs to be screwy in the head to walk into a pack and start a fight with a dog. That just lights the pack on the interloper, and they'd be pretty much dead. Dogs are dogs, they know the code Just sticking with tv land as some people here do watch a lot, I think there was a stellar demonstration in one of Stillwell's shows, with an agggressive Boxer whose owners thought got relief at doggie daycare as he never fought there. But when they filmed him, you saw a very tense and uncomfortable dog, laying low, pacing, just avoiding as much as he could. But aggressive mano a mano out on the street. With CM, the stays are elongate, so after being put in a position where they know better than to start things, the dog eventually seeks out companionship of some kind, developing social skills. A very interesting thing I have learned from his dog park scenes is that in a large pack setting, you can see the dogs clique. Sub packs form, with dogs who get along. I am sure in and amongst that the indication that there are others there they prefer not to engage with. I certainly saw similar cliques in broodmare bands all the time.
It is perfectly possible for an SSA prone breed to get tougher minded with a little age on him. And perfectly possible for genetics to bear something out....we did adopt this year to a very nice man who had been through a lot of trauma when his ACD mix went from lovely to really wacko abruptly. He saw many trainers, worked with her a lot, but he has kids and eventually rehomed her on a farm, unfathomable energy being part of the problem also. But there, and in the SSA cases, it is a pattern of...."everything was fine and then all of a sudden it wasn't....what HAPPENED?!" That was not the case here. These people struggled from the first. They need to GET that, but they refuse to.
Neither of my Giants do I doubt for one SECOND would have had SSA issues if it weren't for proper raising. And as far as being a Pit, it's all ludicrous as the same would apply to the breeds she was more hoping it would be. If you take on a puppy with these propensities, proper rearing is PARAMOUNT.
Both my Giants have gone through their stage where they were trying to light firecrackers. Getting all up in the business of my other dogs, NO sense of body space, just push-push-push. And us humans too, crashing into us, body slamming when you walked down stairs, crossing over in front of you when being walked. If you are dog savvy, you know they are trying to push buttons, and under less astute management what happens is they do prompt a fight, and will toughen coming out of that. So it's a point of not tolerating the behavior. "Anything that happens three times is not an accident" is what I plant in my head. Pot stirring. So you work on proper boundaries, try to give them other ways to vent, knowing when they hit three or so, they level off very well.
Some individual dogs are going to grow up to be intolerant. You can't know when they are puppies....the fundamental reason I don't have a Kerry Blue. But most dogs, when puppies, can be set up for successful transitions, some of which includes being very attentive to their teenage phase, when they are most likely to "prod the lion" to test out their developing urges, and prior to that giving them lots of positive structure.
Edited by author Wed Jan 23, '13 12:30pm PST
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