|Barked: Wed Jun 3, '09 9:11am PST |
|Brutus -- Starting yesterday afternoon I had them playing in the yard again, well, they didn't seem to interested in each other actually, they both just wanted to follow me around, but were bumping up against each other, sitting and laying beside each other. They played a little bit, just for a couple minutes, but it was growly and snarly...but they were doing playbows so I think that's a good sign.
Lily, Bo -- Yes, my shepherd and pit bull I had in the past would play like a big snarling, barking tornado, and the pit bull would often come away with mouthfulls of the shepherds fur, but it was still obviously playing... this just really didn't seem like playing to me... I could be wrong but it was just a magnitude I've never seen between any of my dogs before... I mean, hopefully it was just some really over the top, roudy playing? The fact that they needed to be pulled off of one another just worried me, usually I can get them to stop playing with a clap of my hands as well, but this time they just completely zoned me out. They were reared up, chest to chest...
Charlie Pete -- They're getting supervised time together, but so far just outside -- I will try inside later today I think, with one on leash (probably Bart, as for the first 2 weeks he was here, I had him tethered to me, and so he's very used to it). If I can't watch them though, I don't have them together, right now.
Matilda, Fred -- I'm feeling more confident now and able to relax... just kind of getting in the mindset that I'll assume it was a one time thing and that they won't react to one another, so I hope that works for them. They do have a couple toys out, as Onyx would rather play with toys if he has the option, rather than play physically (he'll often grab a toy and run up to Bart to get Bart to play tug with him, or they'll take turns flinging the toy down the hallway and chasing it together... is this alright?). There was actually no toys in the living room at the time of the incident either. I feed them seperately, but they share the same water bucket. I'll try feeding them in completely different areas though, where they can't even see each other (and don't have the opportunity to try sneaking into the other's dish). Both are neutered, though Onyx was done very late. I already do Nilif with them... no freebies for anything, haha, they both have to sit and wait at all doorways in the house, have to sit or down for their food, toys, all that. I don't divvy up their entire meals for rewarding behavior throughout the day, but they've caught on well that they need to do certain things before getting things from us. Both of them seem to have ran their old households singlehandedly (stealing food, jumping on people, furnature,etc.) but we haven't had any problems like that in our house with them.
Hercules -- Before they have been just fine when it comes to our food, they know that while we're eating dinner, tha'ts there time to go lay down at their beds (or in the living room). I'm wondering if it is food though, since now that I think about it, the only thing different I can think of is my boyfriend had just brought home a new bag of kibble and it was sitting in the corner of the living room, unopened... is it possible they got excited over that and one got posessive or something?... I'll definitely be a lot more careful when it comes to food.... I'm really starting to think it was the trigger now...
Thankyou so much everyone for your replies so far! It's very reassuring to know that others have had similar experiences and still managed to have a normal household back with some work on/alterations to what goes on.
|my posts | my page | msg me | my family's posts | gift me | become pals|| [notify]|