The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
Re: Can you help me?
If you can find a stable, well-behaved, well-socialized older dog for Kiah to play with, he can help teach her what is acceptable, and what is not.
Keeta's idea of "playing" when I adopted her from the pound was to jump on another's dog back, grab them by the neck, and take them down! If the other dog complained, or told her off, she saw that as the start of a fight! Needless to say, she wasn't allowed to play with other dogs much. But she did get to play with an older working line shepherd who had an amazing temperament, and Keeta completely loved him and defered to him. This dog taught her so much.
He also corrected her when she was playing with a younger dog from the same household. The younger dog defered to Keeta, and allowed her rough play, but the older dog would interrupt and correct Keeta if she got too rough.
It was so funny, because as long as the older dog was "supervising", Keeta would play so sweetly and gently with the younger dog, but as soon as the older dog turned away or got distracted, Keeta would seize the opportunity to jump on the younger dog and do her signature neck grab! It was amazing to watch, and I learned a lot also by watching them.
By now Keeta has enough obedience on her that I can control a lot of her behaviour by voice alone, but it took like years to get there.
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Keeta BH, OB1, TR1, AD
Rottweiler/Hairy Dog mix?? 2004-2015