|10-01-2013 11:48 PM|
If Banshee is a Boxer then some of that might just be boxer. Boxers play differently than Germans. I can't explain it well, but when Hawk and Sparkles were younger they played very differently than what I have seen Germans doing together when they play.
I also assume that Banshee is still a puppy. Kaiser annoys the snot out of Hawk and Sparkles when he wants to play and they don't. They eventually work it out without anything too exciting happening (some growling and nipping).
Just be patient and keep working at it.
|10-01-2013 11:22 PM|
This article has some info that may be of interest:
My dog has a similar problem but in reverse. She doesn't understand how to play nice and thinks that other dogs barking or running around means they might attack her. She is fine in obedience classes but not in situations where the other dogs are out of control. It's like she only knows that the absolute happiest, calmest body language is safe and thinks everything else is a personal jab at her. I strongly suspect she was removed from the litter too early and placed with a family because she is fantastic with people. But we'll never really know. I think if she had her druthers she would live in a world of humans.
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|10-01-2013 05:01 PM|
When does a dog learn to be a dog?
I was watching a dog trainer on tv talking about how dogs communicate and it got me thinking...would it be possible to remove a dog from its mother and litter so early that it doesn't learn these cues? Nature or nurture?
My fiance's mutt, Banshee certainly doesn't seem to get them. No matter what Lupa does (snarl, growl, bark, snap, nip, bite, grab and shake, throw on ground, any combination of the above), Banshee doesn't get the concept of "Leave me alone, I need my space right now." Lupa pinned her to the ground, pinched some flesh and shook the dog, but she only jumped up, ran behind Lupa and grabbed her tail. It's all fun to her!
Banshee was found on the side of the road in a milk crate when she was roughly 6 weeks old. She was packed tight with worms and underweight. The 3 lb sack of bones and worms now weighs 55lbs and jumps on Lupa, who weighs 58lbs. Lupa tried her best to teach this dog manners and I thought Banshee would surely benefit from Lupa's very strong maternal instincts, but nothing seems to be getting through. I think Lupa has hit a point where she is doing all she can without harming "her puppy."
I try to reinforce Lupa's wishes and "guarding/claiming" her from Banshee, but Banshee starts playing with me instead. It's frustrating and I don't want Lupa to get hurt and I don't want Banshee to go up to an aggressive dog and unwittingly become someone's meal (the dog's, a vulture's or a vet's $ for a meal).
Communication with Lupa is second nature, and I'm currently trying different approaches with Banshee. Part of me is certain this will all turn out to be a silly misunderstanding of Banshee's particular needs/personality vs Lupa's (they are total opposites!), but the other part of me wonders if she really understands canine body language, hence the question.