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Old 09-29-2006, 02:01 PM
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Oliver certainly knows how to relax. Miss D, ya want to ask him if he will teach me that technique. LOL
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Old 09-29-2006, 02:15 PM
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I asked him, he said "wuff wuff if you fart while on your back and smell as
nice as I do, I'll teach ya". There ya go lol.
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Old 09-30-2006, 12:44 PM
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Old 10-02-2006, 05:45 AM
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Olliver looks like a big baby to me.
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Old 10-02-2006, 09:30 AM
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He is still a baby. He will be a year old on December 30iest .
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Old 10-02-2006, 05:10 PM
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Well, today I decided to organize a little playdate for Kaylee! So, my friend who owns the Pomeranian I mentioned earlier brought him over.
I'd like to introduce you all to Nicky

It was a bit tense at first, and the dogs were kinda shy. After a while, Nicky eased up and spent the whole time sniffing out the area, while letting Kaylee chase him around, hehe.

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We're going to make sure these two see each other regularly, as we'd like Kaylee to have at least one playmate who is a dog! :P
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Aaaw, so sweet! It's a great idea to work on socializing, a VERY good idea!!
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Old 10-02-2006, 05:35 PM
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That's another reason why we're getting her used to other dogs. We know that she's going to naturally be protective of her herd (meaning us, hehe) but we don't want her fighting with others. =)
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Old 10-02-2006, 05:43 PM
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Only insecure dogs fight. If they have are balanced and have a pack leader
to follow (not a pack to protect) you have nothing to worry about.

Here's one of my favorite articles fom the Dog Whisperer:

Defining a Balanced Dog

A dog wants to feel a connection with a strong, stable pack leader by
Cesar Millan

A dog wants to be told what to do every day. Dogs look to their pack leader human or animal to project a calm, assertive energy and guide their every movement..

In any relationship you need to fulfill each others needs. Its the same in the dog-human relationship.

In the dog world, male or female does not matter. Equally, a female can be a pack leader, just the same as a male can. Both male and female dogs follow the pack leader regardless of their sex.

Humans make a mistake when they treat dogs like people. They think if they show enough affection to their dogs everything will be OK. But what the dog really wants for a balanced and happy life is to feel a connection with a strong, stable pack leader.

Nurturing Unwanted Behavior

When people see a dog in distress, the first thing they will do is share love, food, or compassion. This is human psychology, not animal psychology. In their world, dogs or other animals dont nurture weakness, because it will only serve to nurture unbalanced behavior and reinforce negative experiences.

For example, lets say you have a dog that is anxious. To ease his anxiety, you give him a treat. Seems like a harmless thing to do, right? The reality is that you may have distracted him from his anxiety for a moment with the treat, but you have also reinforced his anxious behavior and increased the likelihood of its reoccurrence.


You can become your dogs pack leader by acting like an animal pack leader would. This is not 50 percent of the time; you must master the leadership role. The pack leader tells the pack, through his calm, assertive energy, what do and where to go. He doesnt ask the pack if they are OK with his decisions. This is how dogs behave and communicate and create pattern behavior.

How can you tell if your dog is the pack leader? Its simple: If he jumps on you when you arrive home, hes the pack leader. If you open a door and he goes in front of you, hes the pack leader. If he barks and then you feed him, hes the pack leader. Whenever he makes you do something he is the pack leader.

Conversely, when you walk through a door and he follows, youre the pack leader. When you make him sit to be fed, you are the pack leader. This must be done 100 percent of the time because it will confuse and frustrate your dog if you suddenly give them the space to lead you.

If we dont structure the relationships with our dogs, guess who will? The dogs. If they dont get leadership from us, they will fill what they see as a vacant role out of necessity. In order for them to feel connected and balanced, they must connect to a strong, stable pack leader.

Let that be you.
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I'd love to get another dog but (I think I posted about this) our yard is too small, we don't have direct access to the backyard, and it's no longer fenced due to neighbor's construction. I can't just tie them out in the front to go potty.

If I did though I'd pick a shepherd this time.
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