|Barked: Mon Apr 29, '13 3:19pm PST |
|It's possible....the mix may not be right, maybe the Rats prefer their own happy little twosome. The dog was under confident. Sometimes, though, when dogs turn teenagers, it's like they've crossed over into some other galaxy, and any deficiencies in their socialization really come into play when it matches with their now raging hormones, which at that life stage is where things can come to a bit of a head. Feeling more adult, but at the same time not on par with the adults. Bold inclinations for testing where they fit paired with some insecurity for not yet quite knowing that answer. It can do everything from spiking shut down fear, reactive fear, or even being brutish.
Tiller throws no calming signals or submissive language ever. Everything about his posture is sort of dominant, and when fosters first come in 80% of the time they feel a bit funky towards him, but after a day they totally gravitate, presumably because he's very stable and together, and I do think they may feel some solace in him as a strong arm. So I do think in terms of a particularly reassuring dog, that's good. Or through my experience, I think dogs who build trust in perhaps other varied fashions that the dog can express emotionally and nothing will come of it builds a trust. I have a particularly interesting view for, as I said, his basic language is pretty intimidating and he sets dogs off, but in being made nervous by it and yet Tiller does not reciprocate, more or less eye rolling at their insecurity, within a day they are all over him like their big shadow.
I think a big point is what is the feedback when they present such insecurity. If it is somewhere along the lines of "yo dude, we're chill here," which can come from anywhere such as the supportive calming signals of one dog or the unflappably steady manner of another, it still gives the dog a chance to express, start to feel secure, and then seeking a connection as a matter of concluding the conflict.
I don't know if you saw the video Nare put up (I put up a more direct linky) but that black dog was very fearful, and obviously thrived getting to make his progress on his own decisions and at his own pace. He had a porch to retreat to, and also helpers who would herd dogs away when the black dog was starting to look uncomfortable. The dogs there were all stable, but the handlers were actually giving an extra assist where if his language was saying it was a bit much (the other dogs in his space, no matter how amenably), they'd allow his communications a little more control by encouraging more distance from the others, and then it sorted.
I know this sounds corny, but I think feeling "heard" or feeling the liberty to "express" can be very empowering to dogs.
Edited by author Mon Apr 29, '13 3:21pm PST
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