|08-13-2013 02:06 PM|
I'm not a behaviorist - but based on being an old lady whose had many dogs in her life time.........
Dog 1: Everything is a party. Her world was a playground. When she passed a dog that wouldn't acknowledge her, she made sure they realized she was in their world. She didn't speak to you, because you always acknowledged her. She was big into eye contact. In her youth, she easily entertained herself. If she wanted your attention, she's come up to you and make sure you knew she was there - either by direct body contact, or by giving you the Aussie Eye Stare. Looking in her eyes, you knew she adored you.
Dog 2: A bit more serious than dog 1. Although he liked to play and act goofy sometimes, he was more interested in seeing how things work out instead of being part of the party. He isn't real big into entertainment. Play sessions weren't ever as long as Dog 1. If he joins the party, he'll likely pull out before anybody else does. He barks at you as he doesn't have the patience to wait till you acknowledge him. His Aussie Stare was more like "Come on, you should know better." He does give the adoration stare most of the time, but sometimes you can't help but feel he's thinking "How can you be so stupid?"
Dog 3: Because he's young, things could change some. Right now, he's fairly serious. He wants to please. He likes to use his noggin.
Or...I could be totally wrong.....
|08-13-2013 01:12 PM|
|onyx'girl||Thresholds also play into it. A dog with higher threshold will not necessarily bark unless there is a reason to do so.|
|08-13-2013 11:08 AM|
As I mentioned before, Kaiser is my most confident dog. He also barks the most. There is his bored bark, his hungry bark, his pay attention to me bark and his "I mean business" bark. I know the pitch of each one. And those who can read body language would be able to guess by his body posture.
Holly is my fear aggressive dog. She's probably the quietest. She barks when she wants to keep dogs or people away and that's one type of bark and thankfully rare these days. She also has her "hurry up and open the door bark". But that's really it.
Neither Holly or Raven bark at the small dog in the adjacent yard that barks ALL day long, Kaiser does. Raven is in between those two. She has some fear and barks at some things but for the most part she doesn't bark just to bark.
|08-13-2013 10:47 AM|
|Rangers_mom||Thanks onyx'girl. In retrospect it does seem like too little to go on, but I see people make comments about a dogs personality based solely on when or how much they bark all the time on here. I always see that if a dog barks at everything they must be fearful. I didn't question it, but it did seem like there must be some some exceptions. Likewise, a quiet dog isn't necessarily incredibly confident. I used to think that dog 1 was very confident, but based on things I have seen on this board I thought she was fearful. Now I realize that she probably wasn't quite as confident as I thought, but probably not too fearful either. The dog that never barks at all seems to have the exact same personality that dog 1 had so maybe the barking thing isn't the absolute guide.|
|08-12-2013 11:03 AM|
|onyx'girl||My opinion was on what your original post said ~not much to really go on. You didn't share that much and I still would think the same thing on the limited info.|
|08-12-2013 10:43 AM|
Gsdraven, thanks for the input. That makes a lot of sense to me. Based on other comments I have seen here in the past I was surprised to find that Dog 1 was probably my least confident. She always seemed like my most confident. She never approached another dog or a person with any kind of fear nor did she behave in a dominant way. You are probably correct that she was a talker and that we inadvertantly reinforced that behavior in puppyhood.
Likewise dog 3's lack of barking is very much a function of breeding. Plus, as seeing eye puppy raisers, we were instructed to correct for any vocalizations in public.
|08-12-2013 03:39 AM|
I'm not so sure you can comment on their confidence based on the information given. Some dogs are talkers, others are not. Barking may have been reinforced (intentionally or not) differently for each of them.
My most confident dog is also my most vocal. My middle of the road dog is the quietest.
Barking is just part of the communication and its difficult to guess what it means without seeing the whole picture.
|08-12-2013 01:31 AM|
Interesting. I never thought of "Dog 2" as confident. We got him when he was 5 yo and he is extremely attached to me. If I leave a room and he doesn't see me go he runs frantically around the house looking for me. He seems to be very dependent on us to tell him what to do. And he seems content to let us do the thinking for him.
Dog 1 on the other hand always seemed sure of herself. She seemed to almost sneer at us as if to say "I am so much smarter than you it is a wonder how you make it through each day."
Dog 3, well I figure that one is tough to call since he is still young. I think he is a little fearful, but he was also bred to be a non-barker (by the seeing eye).
|08-11-2013 11:36 PM|
1: Kacie is like that, she goes out in the morning and does her "lassie" barks as she patrols the property.
She barks when she scents something(like right now!) and barks when people pass by the house. She isn't real friendly to other dogs if they are posing a threat, but is ok if they are neutral. Confidence isn't the highest, so wants to make threat go away with a show of noise. It isn't really a dominant behavior, but more of a warning.
2: Pushy bark. Confident dog with no reason to sound off, unless there IS a reason for making noise!
3: Higher threshold, probably not real confident, but not really timid either and wants to remain in the background, let the others take care of the world. Does #3 have very high drive(food, prey or pack/I would assume not so much)?
Just my take on it, curious to hear other opinions!
|08-11-2013 11:22 PM|
A question for you behaviorists
A lot of times on this board I have seen people comment about what a particular dog behavior means. I have owned 3 dogs in my adult life and each behaves differently. I would love if someone could explain what each of their behaviors mean.
Dog 1: female bc/aussie. She lived to be 16 years old and barked at almost everything that went past the house - unless I told her to be quiet because the baby was sleeping. But she never barked at us to tell us she wanted anything. When I would walk her and we passed other dogs she never barked if they barked first, but always barked if they did not bark. She was always friendly to every dog if we got up close.
Dog 2: male Aussie (12 yo). He doesn't bark as much at stuff outside, but he barks at us if he wants us to do something. On a walk he only barks if the other dog barks first. He is generally friendly but sometimes is completely disinterested in other dogs.
Dog 3: male GSD(1 yo). He rarely ever barks. When he does it seems sometimes like it is out of the blue. He has never shone any aggression toward any dog or person.
I would appreciate any info on whether they are or have exhibited fearful behaviors. Thanks.