I have enjoyed all the great info. & wisdom here ^
- this Larry (from ON) found your recap most interesting.
- hitting many good & valid points Critter’s mom
- I think your 1/2 way there...dealing with your pair, of fighters.
(not ideal now)
- you have to be the real Alpha & much stronger as an individual (Leader in dogs eyes) if both out, at same time & practice 100% SUPERVISION (nothing less)...or Crate & Rotate, for dogs life
Why do you think, on the earlier thread, I told you it was bad...to let dogs dig holes, for fun ????
- you thought it was an interesting idea, but harm can it do ?
^^ You gave up Rules & Boundaries, and so goes the dogs respect...for its master.
- so they are left to their own innate imagination, to be just dogs...and they will figure out, the pecking order...without their owner / and the bully develops
- content dogs need a Master / that makes every decision, for them for a balanced existence
PS - our dobe puppy (female Kelly) was truly aggressive at 11 weeks old
(hackles up RED ZONE
), a handful to control and picked fights with our sons YorkiePoo (Trevor), who was also an Alpha male.
- plus we are a crate-less home here
- and at 5 months young, Kelly picked up little Trevor off the floor...and Mom, laid the law down
- a split second, from the little dog being shook like a rag dog stuffy, and avoided a broken neck
We trained the dogs to share toys, we let them eat beside each other and share food out of the same dish.
- we supervised them religiously, for over a year
- and never left them alone, for even a minute...the following year
- they knew, if the fights didn't stop & someone got hurt...the good dog life, would never exist again, for the offender
- through a projection, they got the message // and one day, the fighting stopped...just like that
Now they will sleep together / and we never have to worry, when the little dog is over.
- at night, they share the leather sectional with Mom, watching TV...both are included in everything together
- and Kelly is most happy, when Trevor goes home LOL
- my little T-man will be here for the weekend, we Love baby sitting him
Kelly would have been surrendered or put down, if sold to a newbe (before she turned 9 months old) - but we got her, and she changed for the better / she knew she had to, plain and simple.
- all our Rules she had to comply with, right down on how to play with specific toys
- she was given Boundaries & with that...Trust & Respect for her Humans happened & the Bond foundation, was built Bond is Foundation
- for 1.5 years, she would not expose her puppy belly for rubs.
[a very dominate girl]
- so dad started to rub her tail underside to relax her (for first 10 minutes), in the master bed @ night
[its also a horse whisper technique, I would learn later]
- during the day, I've dreamed up other ways of relaxing a red Zone dog
- some just with forms of special speech word patterns, body blocking & hand touch projections of Masters strength
Dad & Mom here - controlled Kelly 24/7, as a puppy / now she fits into a normal routine and is very happy & safe to be around, even for others.
- but don't come near or touch, her Dads red Silverado 4x4 truck