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02-18-2014 01:17 AM
Colie CVT This house is most definitely a zoo. Between my roommate and myself there are 7 dogs and 4 cats in this house. Not everyone gets along, but we know who has trouble with who and no one gets crazy out of control. We also board dogs here (there is an extra right now who has been here about a month) and run a hiking group locally with other dog lovers.

It is kind of a different universe. Each of my dogs is different but all of them get along together. I have far less squabbles between my dogs than my roomie does with his lol. But it is also dependent on personality too. My golden is extremely patient, calm. My female shepherd is calm, serious, confident. My puppy is a total clown, but he is also very bold and brave.

Tonight when I let them out to potty before leaving work, Doyle charged at what seemed to be nothing to me, barking in a very stand back kind of way. I called him back and he came back around the corner briefly before he went charging off again with that bark. It could be a cat, maybe someone over at the furniture place behind our work. He was not on a lead, nor with backup (my golden so isn't confrontational lol). I just started toward my car, whistling for them and they both came running lol. He is a bold little dude.

It is not easy having so many dogs around and it keeps you on your toes, but we have a lot of fun! I have high hopes for Doyle, but I am careful about what dogs he interacts with outside of those we live with. He has luckily had only good dog interactions and good people interactions.

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02-18-2014 12:00 AM
MacD Chip18 - Read the info in that link ... it's kind of where I am coming from. When I was young and my kids were teens, the house was filled with kids and dogs and I never gave a thought to dog bites. If a kid got bit it was usually just a nip and nothing came of it.

Life sure has changed. My grand-kids and great-grand-kids don't live close so it's just me and my husband. I see no reason to even take a chance on facing a lawsuit like the one in the link you sent me. Thank you.

Now back to learning about scent work Andrew Ramsey is amazing - I hope my guy has a good nose and likes the game.
02-17-2014 11:10 PM
MacD Walk across the border - snort You so bad David. Moosehead - well, it's not as good as Alexander Keith beer but close - now I am getting homesick.

I had a dog once who would kill a cat, a little dog or anything that was small prey - this was many years ago and training a dog out of that type of behavior was unheard of (where I was from) so we never had small animals and he kept himself pretty much fed on rabbits that he caught - come to think of it he didn't chase the hens .. hmm.

Bak is showing himself to be pretty gentle .. a good fit for me at this time in my life. Living where I do makes it easy for the cats to be very comfortable outside for now. 3 of them were ferals and always loved the outside more than inside anyway. Festus, well he's another story. I only adopted him 2 months ago .. he was going to be PTS because his owner died and because Festus (age 18+) is blind in one eye - the other is pretty cloudy too but he sees shapes I think. That and the fact that he is deaf makes him pretty immune to Bak barking at him. Get close though and he will box - my other 3 cats are afraid of him and he is teaching Bak that cats are a force to be reckoned with. I admire that ol' cat.

I have no desire to have people pet my dog .. even my tiny girl. They want a dog to pet, go get one. I won't teach him not to like people - I will teach him to ignore them. One really good reason is liability .. if my dog bites he can be put down. He can be quarantined - I can be sued. I am poor from feeding my dogs human grade food (grin)

In my world my dog only needs me .. a GSD often goes for the face - I know first hand as it was my face that was bit when I was 18 and stupidly thought a wagging tail meant the dog was happy with me gushing all over it. I won't put my dog at risk to make someone else happy. There is a line where a dog can like people and other dogs but not need them - to my way of thinking. Some times I make exceptions to that rule if the person shows themselves to be knowledgeable about GSD.

But this is really getting off the topic of the issue of socializing a lot or taking time to build trust and engagement and I have that figured out now - thanks so much good people.
02-17-2014 10:42 PM
Originally Posted by Chip18 View Post
Ok while that makes since as you know it's not a long term solution. 15 cat and three dog household here. Cats and dogs live together fine.
Leerburg | Introducing Dogs or Puppies into Homes with Cats
Not all dogs and cats can live together. Actually I got my girl because she is not cat friendly. The people who were going to adopt her backed out. I don't have cats any more. Used to have them years ago, but am all done with litter boxes. LOL
02-17-2014 10:33 PM
Chip18 You might find this interesting.

Leerburg | Who Pets Your Puppy or Dog
02-17-2014 10:18 PM
David Winners Oh that would be exciting eh... walking across the border. At least we could find Moosehead regularly

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02-17-2014 09:30 PM
MacD Hahaha David - I hear you are getting a bunch of people ready to storm the Canadian border to force us how to say out and about correctly (in your opinion hehe ) !!
02-17-2014 09:26 PM
David Winners How does he like the boat?

02-17-2014 09:17 PM
MacD Hello Doggiedad. I agree people should work with trainers if there are problems. I have spent a small fortune on one of the best in the past and it's money well spent. So far no need to take this new guy to a trainer .. he is solid and easy and considering his lack of basic OB training, a joy compared to some dogs I've had.

Yogurt is natural whole milk organic with live cultures - about 2 tbs this time .. first time was about 1 tsp but he shows no intolerance to it so it's on the menu once a week. I like to give my dogs lots of different foods - he loves bananas too.

He is out and about (Do you hear my Canadian accent - I still have it ) but not as much as I would have him out and about if he wasn't new to me. I want to assess his level of comfort in different situations and I plan on doing it slowly. The pup isn't shy and has a sound temperament so I am not concerned he will suffer from not being bombarded with everything right from the get go. I agree with the folks who think he needs to bond with me and engagement is my top priority right now.

Chip, my cats will be coming back in for sure. I have a full length glass door in the kitchen and they come up and peer in and I use that time to reward him for not barking .. first time he left his nose print in the door but he is getting better. I also go out and on the deck with him and I don't let him chase them - well, Festus wouldn't run if the house was on fire. If I had him longer I might pop his leash but for now it's just a firm no , re-direct, and treats if he doesn't bark. He seems pretty soft so I am taking it slow .. I yelled at my tiny dog today for getting all up in his grill and he didn't like the loud sound of my voice.

I have to learn this dog before I can do much but I appreciate all the advice.
02-17-2014 08:55 PM
Glad I will end your lonely state Chip (grin) yes training takes a long time eh?

My boy is funny in that he will react to some people or some dogs but it's mild - almost like he is learning to bark and posture. For now I just redirect with treats and I will keep an eye to see if it intensifies.

Cassidy's mom - I am watching the video again as I haven't watched it in a long time so I will keep an eye out for your girl - I wouldn't never miss a Sable .. oh I love them. Yes, mine is the first one of the series - I have the little kit too .. now to get some containers and set it up. Grand how dogs give us so many excuses to play isn't it?

Hello Happy and Lola's human ... I read that too about a LC temperament .. and so far this guy is proving that to be true. Mind you, where he had no formal training to speak of, my joints are getting a tad sore. He walks along just fine and then decides something fascinating is in the drain or the bush and with no warning he has levitated 6 feet and I wonder if I will have whiplash this time. hehe

8 months old today. Bak - MacClavey Photography
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