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Oct 3 08 11:33 AM
It always cracks me up (not really at all) when folks defend the dog who attacks the fake hand by saying, "He knew it wasn't a real hand". I
wanna say, alrighty, then, feel free to put your own real hand in the bowl if you want a fair test...
I'm never really sure why they would find it all that reassuring that the dog launched a full-on, non-play attack at an inanimate object just because the
inanimate object touched their food. I'm standing there talking with you and a soccer ball bounces over and as it rolls by, touches your jacket that was
lying on a bench next to you, and you spin around with a roar, suddenly with a dagger that you've pulled out of your waistband, and hack it several times
into the soccer ball, and I'm standing a meter from you and I'm supposed to be reassured by the fact that it was only a soccer ball?
Oct 3 08 12:38 PM
When you all say that this isn't a pup for a novice home, do you mean that it's not for someone who doesn't know how to manage the dog? Or are
you implying that an expert could "train" the behavior out of her? ETA- this isn't a sarcastic question.
What about you expert folks? Do you think the pup's behavior was odd that it was uninterested in the kissy noises and happy lady?
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Every so often we like to steal to the land of what might have been,
But that doesn't soften the ache we feel
When reality sets back in.
--"I'm Not That Girl," from the play Wicked
Oct 3 08 3:56 PM
Oct 3 08 4:02 PM
I think a dog who bites with confidence is scarier than one who bites from fear, but both can do the same amount of damage and are both unsafe, IMO.
Oct 3 08 4:17 PM
Oct 3 08 4:41 PM
It is very slow here at work and I'm just following all the "resource guarding" tags Youtube is throwing at me and it's freaking me out. So
many young dogs acting completely insane around the food bowl (grab and hold) and like absolutely mushy puppies every other time.
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Oct 4 08 6:47 AM
Marlon does have some resource guarding issues, but I would be way less concerned about them - he put his chin in the dish, but did allow it to be removed -
that is an issue that can definitely be improved. As for the marrow bone, probably the first time he had ever seen one and, as Sarah says, some dogs just
cannot handle animal parts. He let her grab the end of the bone and held his ground, but he didn't break his hold on the bone to kill the handler (which
Roxy probably would have done) and, when he was moved away from the bone, he was happy to interact with the handler and was not attempting to make his way back
to the bone...
He was disconnected when the handlers were working with him outside - but I think they were also confusing him - first was click for eye contact, then it was
click for not getting up, but no eye contact required. He is also in a high stress situation which really doesn't help focus.
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