our baby and I use this word with every being of my heart .
she hide yesterday when I told her we had to go to the doctor . under my desk . I think she thought I wouldn't see her there and she could stay upstairs until our return . she is playing outside now . dropping balls of wall and barking until my husband gets the ball for her . got her one of big balls and she loves it . runs it up and down the yard . wears her out when she is done .
Kepi is such an "on again off again" type dog. One time he'll be fine with someone, but the next time he may no. If the setting changes or they move too fast, he gets skittish. He's usually more worried about men.
I think that's just the way he's going to be. He was born in foster care, so I know he wasn't abused, but I don't think he was socialized all that well. I did a lot, but he's his own dog. He'll be 3 in the fall and not much has changed so, I think he has a cautious personality.
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Great article. Just ordered a couple of his books.
Ruby Tuesday (Bad Leroy Brown's litter mate) and I had a great relationship. But I never could read her . . . she would have the sweetest expression, relaxed posture, everything I knew to look for . . . and then she'd take half an inch out of my former employee. It happened twice. I was absolutely mortified. Finally had to rehome her. One of those unsolved mysteries.
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Good article. Both of my dogs are very leary around children. They live such a quiet life, that they get very leary when there is lots of noise and motion. They stay very close to us. I let them get comfortable in their own time. Most adults will ask if they can pet the dogs before they do it.
Oh it is so important I listen/pay attention to my dogs’ behavior; body language.
I failed my dog Finn one time with a hyperactive little boy. Finn was terrified of him, but the little boy wanted to pet him. The boy was overly excited and out of control; supported by the fact mom had him on a body LEASH! And yet I allowed him to have access to my dog. Finn never bit, growled or snarled at the boy. On the way home did I realize the error of my actions, and cried. Thankfully Finn’s staying calm and my lack of protection was guided by someone much higher than myself. And I’m thankful I learned.
Since then no child (or adult) is allowed to approach my dogs in an out of control or even controlled manner. If Finn or Echo does not want to be bothered I honor it, politely discouraging the child or adult from touching. I will switch the attention to the history of the breed, a successful distraction so far. I just hope I earned Finn’s trust again…
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