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Old 12-15-2012, 02:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Do your dogs take "shifts" watching you

Here's what I mean. My dogs very clearly trade off taking care of me. I often feel like they have little secret service microphones that they use.

Here's a typical shift in my house. Early Morning- Hound takes the morning shift is at my side from the time I wake up until about 10 am. The dobe is lounging downstairs or elsewhere in the house after the morning walks. Then about 10 am (coffee break time I guess) the dobe wanders wherever I am, the hound stretches walks to the door threshold lays down for a few minutes there then gets up and goes to get some shut eye in another room.

Lunch is evidently VERY DANGEROUS because it takes two dogs on all alert for that! Well Kitchens in general are very dangerous because the kitchen almost always calls for a 2 dog alert!

Then it's back to taking shifts throughout the day and it's VERY evident when this occurs. Heck they even alternate which one sleeps on the bed with me. (They would both be welcome on the bed but it's always only one.) Sometimes the shift changes in the middle of the night with one beginning the night on the bed the other one ending it.


I SWEAR they are organized! It's an extremely regular pattern.

So do other multiple dog owners experience this?
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Old 12-15-2012, 03:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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No. Sorry. Food attracts them like flies. Yoda knows when he will get meds and meals and will start annoying me 15 min ahead of each one (7am, 8am, noon, 2pm, 4pm, 7pm, 10pm) - the other just know the food times.
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Old 12-15-2012, 04:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Feeding and meds get the 15min warning here as well. The kitchen usually requires 2 at full alert.
As for the "regular" shift work, kinda...
Magnum has the "moment I stir in bed thru leave for work" shift, followed by the "home from work until bed" shift.
Malia has the "lay on the couch and observe" shift.
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My dogs very rarely leave the room I am in. I can't even get up to go pee without EVERYONE getting up to see where we're going.
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