|06-14-2014 12:12 AM|
Thank you all for the helpful replies!
I just found something out today, while talking to the owner, Melissa....
I know her husband, her son, and her younger female GSD. We went to the same Schutzhund club! This made her feel much more comfortable, and it did for me, as well.
|06-14-2014 12:07 AM|
I understand. I also have three dogs in my home, hopefully that will help. Although, they will have a different routine. I'll just have to make their routine my own.
|06-14-2014 12:03 AM|
|06-13-2014 11:56 PM|
I pet-sit on a regular basis, and for the first meet and greet I always do my best to stay calm, and not make the first meeting a super crazy-happy event. A "blind sniff" (saying "hi" from the side, no head on eye contact, sometimes crouching down to be more on their level) is how I prefer to say hello for the first time. However, I've learned that it can be more important to try and take cues from how the owner is acting, than focusing on the first interaction with the dog, specifically.
- If the owner seems like they want me to be a little more cuddly with their dog (a bit more than a calm "hello" and an ear scratch), I engage with the dog a bit more (as long as the dog is being polite to me).
- If the owner seems more pent up, and a little nervous about their dog's behavior, I generally take the "ignore" approach, after a quiet hello.
- If the dog is acting up, and the owner is actively correcting them, I mimic the owners correction when appropriate (after okaying it with the owner). This has mostly happened to me with dogs who jump on people as a hello, or dogs who get mouthy when excited. I will ignore or give a correction as the situation warrants.
Being calm and fair when interacting with the dogs will go a long way to you being recognized as top banana in a multi-dog household. If you're not very familiar with the dogs, definitely ask the owners for any insight into the dogs' pecking order, this can be invaluable around dinner time or with any toys. (multi dog households are much more challenging to "sit" for than a single-dog home!)
|06-13-2014 11:56 PM|
Read the dogs, if they all come at you tail wagging and happy, then interact. if they are reserved, ignore them. But tell the owner how goregeous they are. let her know that you are ignoring them until they approach you. Be proactive and communicative. explain why you are doing what you are doing.
If they give you as bad behavior, like jumping, ask the owner how they want you to respond.
|06-13-2014 11:53 PM|
|06-13-2014 11:44 PM|
Labs are generally pretty easy going. I had to pick up a shepherd today. And it's initial response was to bark and pull its owner toward me. I offered my hand a little forward palm down and limp.
It pulled its owner forward and just scraped my hand with its teeth. It wasn't a nip or a bite, and it could have.
I walked away and went to the back of my vehicle and got some pupperonies and put a few sticks in my pocket. I came back and started dropping them in the dog's direction while I talked to the owner.
When the dog started eating them, I offered them in my hand palm up. Soon he was taking them from me.
His owner went to load him up in my car, the dog would not get up into the car. I did not want to lift him in at this point, so I pulled the crate out, let him load the dog up, and then we lifted it together.
I continued to talk to the man and his sister for a while while the dog was in my car right there. Finally I drove away. I stopped at my sister's and gave him his kong and towel, and I took off the prong collar and removed the leash.
I drove on to my parents' and put a leash on his flat collar and let him out to potty. He's a puller, but I dug my feet in, and wouldn't follow. He is getting the idea. He then put his front legs up, and I picked up the rear to get him back in the crate.
When I left my parents, I brought some Kielbassa out with me and gave him a small tid bit.
At this point, I feel that we are buddies. I can open the back, let him out, put my hands in there, etc, no problem.
While talking with the dog and dropping treats, I made a conscious effort not to stare at the dog -- that seems to be taken as impolite by many dogs. It's hard not to do though. This is the type of ignoring I would encourage.
|06-13-2014 11:09 PM|
Dog Sitting-Need Help!
I am going to be dog sitting two GSDs and a Labrador Retriever next week, for four days. I will be meeting them tomorrow.
I know that first impressions make a big impact, so I need to know how I should greet them? I read somewhere that you should ignore them for a while, but I want to know what the best thing to do is. I know I should have a calm, confident attitude. I need to let these dogs know that I'm boss when mom's gone.