|Barked: Sat Feb 2, '13 4:21pm PST |
|I don't really see dog to dog corrections on the same level as human to dog corrections.
If my tone gets on the stern side with Kato, he either goes belly up or hides. He's a bit sensitive to that. But when corrected by other dogs? Heck no. He gets the message and moves on. No problem.
Correct my other dog, Sanka? Yeah, he doesn't really care what I have to say. But if another dog tells him off, he gets it quite clearly. He doesn't go by that dog again.
And yes, what is violent when it comes to dogs? Dogs are TOUGH. Seriously, watch them play with each other. Hard to believe they're having such a good time when they really get going.
Is this body slam violent?
How about this video of Kato knocking a puppy down quite often during play?
Sanka gets corrected here. No problem and moves on. Heck, Sanka got bit on the nose the other day when a GSD got tangled in the long line and got scared when Sanka got too close. Again, no problem. They happily walked down the trail together.
Knowing how to take a correction is far more important than knowing how to give one. That is a great dog to me. Accidents happen, and even a great-minded dog can get corrected.
I've only seen one case where I actually would call it a bit bullying. That's with my 2 cousins' dogs. The black lab, Junior, just doesn't like the goldendoodle Tobie, and regularly goes out of his way to keep Tobie from doing every little thing. Playing, going through the door, drinking out of the water, laying on the bed. A dog shouldn't get corrected for these things, yet Junior does it to Tobie. That's too much. That's not good social interaction. And it eventually did lead up to a fight. Not right away. No, many weeks later of tolerating each other until Tobie reached his boiling point and gave some sass back.
Where a dog's boiling point is depends on the dog.
Edited by author Sat Feb 2, '13 4:23pm PST
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