June 27, 2017

Dog Behavior Questions

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George asks…

A few dog & puppy behavior questions?

*Sorry this is so long!*

So i have a 10 yr old yellow lab/american eskimo mix, Precious. Then there’s Sasha, she’s about 8 or 9 months old & a pitbull. She’s almost as big as Precious but she’s always the one who gets hurt in a fight. She’s a big baby =]

Sasha likes to dunk her head in her water bucket, and a couple min after she does this, Precious will go over to her and lick her face and neck, where she’s wet. Sasha puts her ears down low and looks very submissive while Precious does this, but she sits there and lets her do it. Whenever Sasha gets wet Precious will lick her wherever she is wet (no, she’s not thirsty). And sometimes she will lick Sasha for the hell of it. She licks her multiple times a day, yet she is often irritated by her hyper behavior. Does she feel motherly towards her or something? She doesn’t growl or anything while doing this.

Sasha often leans on my legs. It doesn’t matter if i’m giving attention to my other dogs or not, she’ll lean the side of her body on my legs. She tends to do it while she chews on a toy, she’ll just stand there and lean on me. i’ve been told that it means she thinks she owns me, wants protection, or is being dominant. Which is it? She’s definitely not the dominant dog in the pack.

Last one: i was told by my grandmother that with bog dogs you have to stare them down to “tame them. She told me a former coworker of hers stared at her Rottweiler for 5 HOURS straight when it initiated staring with her. Apparently if you “win” this staredown, the dog will know that you are boss permanently. And if you “lose” the opposite happens. i’ve read online that a dog will become vicious and attack you if you stare at it since you’re “challenging” it. But i’m not too sure about that one. My old Rottweiler never challenged me to a staredown and she became out of control. Sasha is a handful and still has growing to do, so is this something i need to initiate and/or worry about in the near futute?

admin answers:

I’ve never heard that leaning is a sign of dominance, just that the dog wants to be nearby/close to you. As for the stare down, if it is your dog, that is one thing, but DO NOT stare down a strange aggressive dog. That is indeed a challenge and the best thing to do in that situation is to avoid eye contact and back slowly away, and whatever you do, do not run!

If you want to know how dogs demonstrate dominant behavior, it is by the following:

Symptoms of Dog Dominance Behavior include, among others, such things as:

– Refusing to move out of your way

– Blocking your ability to where you want to go

– Stealing and hiding your stuff

– Destroying your things

– Peeing on your bed

– Pooping on your bed

– Stealing your food

– Ignoring commands that he knows well

– Demanding your attention through nudges, whining, or mouthing you

– Growling at you

– Humping you, your guests, or things

– Mounting you, your guests, or things

– Guarding food or toys

- Putting your stuff in his area

Daniel asks…

Can you answer some questions about my dog’s behavior?

He scratches all the time; it’s just annoying. It’s not fleas. It’s better after he’s had a bath, and I bathe him about once a month, but I’m afraid to bathe him more often in case I’d dry out his skin.

He jumps up on me all the time as well. I love it when he does it, and sometimes I pick him up – but I thought that was considered bad form for a dog and I don’t know why he does it. Any guesses?

admin answers:

Some dogs scratch themselves when they are anxious,my dog does the exact same thing because he is OCD and yes its annoying.What seems to help my dog is exercise and chew toys maybe you should try it.And also any dog will jump on you if he is rewarded by doing so (petting praising)

Mandy asks…

Bird dog owners… I have two questions about behavior……?

I have a German Short Hair Pointer female, everytime we go into our backyard to play with the dogs she won’t come up to us for like ten minutes. She runs around to every corner of the yard barking up trees and out the fence at things we don’t see. We continue to play fetch with the Beagal but the Pointer won’t get interested for a long while. Then when she does play, she won’t bring the toy back, it’s like she’s playing keep away from us and the Beagal. Is she just showing off how well she can clear the yard of prey when we go out? We don’t hunt her so I wasn’t sure if this was an instictual thing or not. And as a general dog question: How do you solve the keep away problem between two dogs? Just curious, let me know what you think.

admin answers:

Because you dint hunt her she is not very disciplined. Because a good pointer should be aware of where you are at and should check up on you. This may be different because it is a fenced in yard. And they really shouldn’t bark at things. As far as her not bringing the toys back pointer are not known to be great retrievers, some pointers I have known have had the be forced trained to retrieve a bird/toy. One thing you may want to start practicing is first taking her into the yard alone and working with her and them bring the other dog in later and work with them together. From the information you said it is not believed you will need a shock collar. Practice basic calling and retrieving with treats. We only use our shock collar in the field when we are hunting to train for hunting and obedience when hunting. Sounds like each dog needs some one on one time with you before they will play together. Hope this helps good luck

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