|Barked: Mon Jun 10, '13 6:37am PST |
|I don't think Polly has snarked at Gus whatsoever over food--just tries to beat her to it, if there's a chance. Gus is so non-possessive though, she gives up toys readily to other dogs, lets you take food right out of her mouth . .. she's pretty tolerant and easy going. (They're both sleeping practically on top of each other on the bed right now.)
I have been taking Polly to beginning agility--since it's all basic stuff on leash, we're all in the ring together, not right on top of each other and she has been doing pretty well focusing on the task at hand and not worrying about other dogs.
She's made great progress in not getting overly excited when we see other dogs on walks--she started out being beside herself, "Oh my god, dog, dog . .. must go investigate!" barking, jumping and being revved up being restrained. After a few sessions of being treated for looking at them but checking back, now she's just vocalizing a little bit and immediately checking in for getting a treat and moving along. She's a pretty smart girl!
Although, I couldn't convince her that the giant concrete multi-colored turkey we encountered today was harmless! She got her hackles up and growled and barked--that thing is just NOT right! Gus was highly dubious the first time she saw the concrete animals too . ..
My friend with the pittie--eh, she blames the fact the she was a female as much as anything . .. she was dubious about me getting Gus or having her around her dog at first .. . . "female dogs all have dominance issues . ." she said. Gus wins everybody over though, she's a clown and total schmoozer.
I don't know the source of the conflict between her two, but I've had a couple of ideas--he was always trying to hump her, she recently told me on walks, he would just latch on and she'd walk off with him on her back--she said it was ridiculous and there was nothing she could do about it . .. (right.) She was a people sweet, very velcro dog AND horribly under exercised . ..
And since she sought the animal behaviorist and felt there were dominance issues, I'm guessing she must have seen some kind of conflict before the incident. The behaviorist told her that she needed to assert authority by making the dogs sleep on dog beds, not in her bed. But since the BT was her baby, she only made the pittie sleep on the floor and continued to let the BT sleep in her bed. The attack occurred sometime after all that. But frankly, even though she put some good gashes in his neck, she probably could have killed him if that was her intent and she didn't . . . I'm not sure why my friend even got the pittie to begin with--def. not a good breed match for her.
That was all before I had a dog, so I didn't know much at all about dog behavior then . ..
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