Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Non-Aggresive Face Licks, Malechai
My mom found this link on the internet. It doesn't suggest giving a dog away, so I thought I'd show you. It talks about the best way for an owner to reinforce the roles that you and Macie work out and the best ways to break up your fights.
I am so sorry to hear you and Macie are fighting, I hope you two work things out and that neither of you gets hurt, Puppy Kisses, Sooky
Now, because I am new, and only 2-ish, and am kinda a bully (so I'm told) the humans have learned that the toys stay picked up and out of the way, unless there is supervised play, with one of us at a time. When we are given chewy's if one of us starts to get growly over it, the human woman will come over and take it away from the one being nasty. All the chewy's are also picked up at bedtime, so there are no fights when the humans are sleeping (learned that lesson not too long ago when I bit Abby in the head and she had to get stitches).
Another thing the human woman did when Kelsey lived with her and him and Sam didn't get along was to do an alpha roll on the one who started being bossy.(but never during a fight) She would get on top of him on her elbows and knees, almost putting her body weight on him, and hold him down, so that he was in a submissive position. It works like the alpha wolf putting the omega in the submissive position. It tells him that YOU are in charge, not him. It worked for Sam and Kelsey, so that when mom barked orders at them they would listen, cuz they knew she was the alpha.
Good luck! And, don't give up. You will grow out of it once pack order is established. And unfortunately, sometimes some blood shed does happen before it's worked out. I think those of us with multiple dogs have experienced a trip or two to the ER vet!
Expect to get NOTHING until you earn it, expect to get NO LOVE unless you both are, and expect to be yelled at if either of you give each other the evil eye.
That happened to us here when Sammy (back when he had a spone) and gimpy mutatoe Loki got into it over a dirt clump. A DIRT CLUMP!
We have no toys, we have no bones, we have NOTHING, because I think they're mine (and they are) Sam thinks they are his (no they aren't) and Loki is a butthead.
(I yearn to gut a squeeky toy)
Pack dynamics .... not always easy! Especially when you're just coming into your own self, so to roo.
The other Sibes (and Holly) have given you some great advice. I'm going to tell you what I just wrote on Steve and Kat's blog, a couple rules to keep in mind:
#1. Both of you must listen to the bipeds and STOP fighting when they tell you to.
#2. Macie is in charge. She's the girl. So she is.
OK... so that over-simplifies things a bit, but it's normal that you guys are doing this. But yes, no more stuff around to argue over (toys, bones, food) and when the bipeds tell you ENOUGH, then you must stop. We don't want anypup to get hurt.
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