|Barked: Fri May 3, '13 5:08pm PST |
|I did this test a while ago and had totally forgotten it.
Alva got some red flags but I am not worried because I know her and those flags were probably the results of my excessive honesty. Well, I don't recall the expression, but when someone reads something too precisely. If you ask, for example, if my dog has ever snapped at something, I say yes, because she has, yet I do not see it as any problem since she had a reason to do so. It would be better to ask 'does she usually snap at X'.
Alva got a flag at energy which I cannot understand. I think she is lazy and how can laziness be an issue? She is a nice companion and being lazy does not make her difficult. Though I cannot remember how I answered those questions and what was asked there. She has her active moments and I definitely do not mind them. It only shows that she is a dog and not a plush toy.
Another flag she got from house defecation, because she does it if I mess up with her feeding schedule. It happened more when she was younger and less nowadays. It is definitely not a training issue.
Third flag she had at familiar dog aggression. That sounds very bad, but it came from food guarding. She would snap at any dog who approaches her bowl. I think it is normal, but I've addressed to her that it is not allowed to scold another dog when that other is only passing by or standing meters away. Thereafter she learned to snarl first if she thinks someone tries to poke their nose into her bowl while she is eating. Usually she doesn't have to, because she knows that I do not allow other dogs to disrupt her and she is either not allowed to steal their food. I can now feed her in the presence of other animals without problems. If she is ever taken care by someone else than family member, I'll advice to feed her separately and keep anything edible out of sight if another dogs are present.
Yet later I've become a bit worried how fast she eats when other animals are present. I think it might be a sign of stress related to feeding situations.
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