Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
bones will rain from the sky
i went back 7 pages and didn't see any topics! though i know people have read it.
if you read it, how did it change how you interact with your dog(s)? why did you make those changes?
....of my recent book order, i started reading bringing light to shadow, but got stuck at the bit where shadow is aggressive to her husband, who leaves the room (i think) and she tells shadow to go apologize and suck up to her husband. i have to admit i was like 'maybe i'll read brenda aloof's aggression book now! hum de dum!'
anyways, i started reading suzanne clothier's bones will rain from the sky last night and i am LOVING it! it made me cry a bit.
i already took out some of the training we do, and instead, i'm trying (w/everything i've learnt and am learning about dog body language) to just be w/the dogs and build a stronger bond with them. i have bonds w/both already, but just to have that be even stronger.
....both dogs responded so well to my (probably really bad dog body language) attempts!
in their own ways....luc will never be a normal dog, but he was so thrilled and spent the entire time sitting next to or partially on me, and he slept partially on me all last night (usually i get my own space even though he's on the bed). that, or i inadvertantly made him possessive of me....heh.
teagan - who had rank issues when she came, though we've worked through a lot of that - was so excited! she gave up looking out the window or playing w/toys (how she generally occupies her free time in the evenings) to dance around me. she always likes to roll in the snow (she makes snow angels!), and i was reading that it can be a sign of great happiness or ectasy, so i got down on the kitchen floor and rolled around on my back (don't laugh!) at her to try to tell her that i'm estatic she's part of my family. and she got this big grin on her face and groomed me for a really long time (until i was like 'BLECH'). then we had fun playing with each other.
i mean, i've always spent a lot of time w/my dogs, and i play with them, work with them, and try to incorporate dog body language into my interactions with them - i don't know how to put in to words what the difference was last night, except, i guess, what she wrote about there being light or joy in the dogs eyes - that was my goal. usually i want to have fun with them - and work on obedience - or have fun with them - and get some exercise. there's always something else. what i did last night wasn't that different from other things i do with them - except that i just wanted joy from us being together to be what we got out of it.
anyways, we all enjoyed it, so i'm going to keep on doing it, even though it's kinda nerdy.
Luc 15.5 yo GSD
Neb, husky/terrier/lab? X, DOB 18.4.2008
Xerxes, beagle, ~3yo
Cats Mitch RIP; Lear RIP; Esme RIP; Timothy and Cordelia
Nikolai & Eco the bunny couple extraordinaire RIP