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My husband surprised me with a trip to travers city for the weeekend. We rented a cottage overlooking the Grand Traverse Bay, it was cold and rainy most of the weekend so we didn’t get to do much but we made the most of it. The kids mostly enjoyed it except Rizzo decided that every single person that walked by was shifty and probably a murderer and had to bark at the window constantly! She also started this new crap when we were out on a walk, she would bark at random people or dogs, then when would correct her she sat down and howled and cried at the top of her lungs like we were killing her, it was quite embarrassing! On the way home we stopped at general RV and were there for 3 hours looking at campers, Rizzo was a perfect angel so apparently she just didn’t like Traverse City!

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Poor Rizzo ! So what were you doing to her ? you can tell us -

As far as camping -- We had a 34 foot 5th wheel - We had Kasia when we got it - She loved to go camping !! When we were loading up the camper - she would cry and howl - We think she was thinking she was not going with us - funny thing - we never boarded her - Then we got Ali girl - She also loved it ! I would take them on walks together and they walked together so well ! The only problem was Kasia would walk around any dusty parts of the trial and Ali ??? She would stop - drop and roll in it ! Dang her - then I would try to dust her off . One was a princess and the other a tom boy .

One funny story - Ali has always been a Daddies girl - I left both in the camper with the wife - I had some work to do outside - there was a guy ? maybe a 100 yards from us that I knew - I walked down to talk to him - There were 2 little boys are the bikes - about that time - I heard the wife call out my name - so I was looking down at our trailer - wondering -- what now

Ali had got past her to find her dad ! I seen her standing in front of the trailer - looking both directions for me - then she seen me and here she came a 100 mph - what looked like 10 feet away - she jumped right at me and I caught her - the 2 little boys eyes were the size of silver dollars - then one said - good catch mister - lol

That was the bad part with them - like our motto here - where one goes -- we all go

Looks like you all had a great time = good thing !

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Poor Rizzo ! So what were you doing to her ? you can tell us -

As far as camping -- We had a 34 foot 5th wheel - We had Kasia when we got it - She loved to go camping !! When we were loading up the camper - she would cry and howl - We think she was thinking she was not going with us - funny thing - we never boarded her - Then we got Ali girl - She also loved it ! I would take them on walks together and they walked together so well ! The only problem was Kasia would walk around any dusty parts of the trial and Ali ??? She would stop - drop and roll in it ! Dang her - then I would try to dust her off . One was a princess and the other a tom boy .

One funny story - Ali has always been a Daddies girl - I left both in the camper with the wife - I had some work to do outside - there was a guy ? maybe a 100 yards from us that I knew - I walked down to talk to him - There were 2 little boys are the bikes - about that time - I heard the wife call out my name - so I was looking down at our trailer - wondering -- what now

Ali had got past her to find her dad ! I seen her standing in front of the trailer - looking both directions for me - then she seen me and here she came a 100 mph - what looked like 10 feet away - she jumped right at me and I caught her - the 2 little boys eyes were the size of silver dollars - then one said - good catch mister - lol

That was the bad part with them - like our motto here - where one goes -- we all go

Looks like you all had a great time = good thing !

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Haha, id like to say her behavior was warranted but she got a ah ah leave it with a slight collar correction, I’m pretty sure she just felt like throwing a temper tantrum. She was a naughty **** all weekend, wouldn’t eat, wouldn’t poop barked at everyone, if I caught her before she had a chance to react and had her sit she was fine but leave her up to her own decisions 🤦🏻*♀️. I think we’ve officially reached the terrible twos!

My husband grew up camping, I did not so it will be an all new adventure for me! We like to travel and in the past my MIL would watch the dogs, but Rizzo is a bit of a handful and she has a young pit bull that is quite rambunctious as well, they would get a long fine no issues but I’m pretty sure it’s too much for my MIL to handle, so we’ve decided we won’t be traveling without them for awhile. There’s plenty of Airbnb’s that we can rent and take the dogs but it adds up fast and it will be nice to have our own space that we’re used too. I just worry about Rizzo’s behavior, she’s been quite stubborn in learning what is appropriate behavior, but we’re working on it and I’m hoping the more she exp reinvest the better. You should have seen Sully when she was howling, he would just lean on whoever he was walking with and look at us like mooooom she’s so embarrassing!

Sounds like you made a lot of great memories camping with your girls! Athena was a dirty girl too, loved the mud and dirt. I can only imagine the looks on people’s faces when a Doberman came running full bore through the campground!
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Sorry you had some Rizzo problems on your vacation.




^^^I want to see the video of Sully & Rizzo's "Meet & Greet" routine at the cottage glass door for the unsuspecting visitor!!!

As far as Rizzo's behavior, we have found that our female Dobe is much more into watchdog duties than our male Dobe, who just wants to meet people/animals and play.

Also, our Eva is used to routine and doesn't like "going off the path" much like Spock does, who will follow me anywhere, except the pool...

Eva also doesn't cater much to other female dominant dogs staying over house for extended periods of time, interfering in her queen diva hierarchy, she worked so hard to establish....

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^^^I want to see the video of Sully & Rizzo's "Meet & Greet" routine at the cottage glass door for the unsuspecting visitor!!!

As far as Rizzo's behavior, we have found that our female Dobe is much more into watchdog duties than our male Dobe, who just wants to meet people/animals and play.

Also, our Eva is used to routine and doesn't like "going off the path" much like Spock does, who will follow me anywhere, except the pool...

Eva also doesn't cater much to other female dominant dogs staying over house for extended periods of time, interfering in her queen diva hierarchy, she worked so hard to establish....

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No visitors thankfully! That door looks like a front door but it went to another sleeping quarter, the house had 7 beds and only one tiny bathroom!

You’re definitely right on the females being more protective, Athena loved people but she took her job at protecting us and her home very seriously. When someone rang the door bell she would run and bark like no other and Sully would follow, she would then nip at Sully to get back like it’s not safe and I’ve noticed Rizzo does the same. Sully in the other hand rarely barks at anything, loves pretty much everyone and would follow me into a burning house if I asked him too, but probably not a pool 😉.

As for Rizzo’s behavior issues, I’m not too worried about it yet, she’s still young and trying to figure out the world and what is appropriate, sometimes she does great and sometimes she doesn’t. Yesterday when I got home the lawn company was there mowing so I had to take them out on leash, there were 3 men in the yard, one with a lawnmower, one with a blower and one with a weed wacker. I expected her to lose her **** but she was fine. One of the guys stopped to talk to me about Rizzo, he was about 8 feet away and she just stood next to me calmly. He asked if he could pet her, she seemed calm and I use the command “say hello” as a cue to my dogs that it’s ok to approach. She went up to him tail wagging, he reached out and kinda roughly petted her on the top of the head and she was like nope and came back to me, which is great IMO I want my dogs to look to me for guidance in situations they feel uncomfortable in. Then he started to approach and was like it’s ok girl, then she barked at him so I told him that she’s saying she’s not okay with the situation and to back off, he did and she calmly sat by my side. I don’t expect them to like everyone (hell I don’t like most people), but I expect them to act right and trust me to keep them safe which is exactly what she did so I’ll take that as a win!

We’re going to another lake house this weekend so I’ll see how she does this time around. Expect more pictures!
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Watchdog "nuisance" barking--with at least one of my dogs, I can remember sorta praising the bark (or at least saying a "who's that?" a bit sharply to let him know that I had heard him alert), then I would relax my reaction, and tell him I knew about what ever it was and that he could stand down.

He'd bark a time or two as an alert; I'd acknowledge the reason for the bark and then say "OK, that's enough" (not yelling or commanding, just a casual you can relax now kind of thing), and he would stop barking. I dunno, that seemed to work to curb nuisance barking.
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