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by Nettle
Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Miles The Ridgeback - a gentle boy
Replies: 2
Views: 110

Re: Miles The Ridgeback - a gentle boy

That's lovely! :D
by Nettle
Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Social dominance?
Replies: 20
Views: 584

Re: Social dominance?

That's plain lovely, jacksdad. This morning, after another irritating he-just-wants-to-say-hello interaction, I thought about a parallel people situation. I often match people situations with dog behaviour because there are some striking similarities, and often, giving owners the people equivalent h...
by Nettle
Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Social dominance?
Replies: 20
Views: 584

Re: Social dominance?

This is so apt: For example, the humping being "social dominance".... the dogs I typically see engage in that behavior fall into either very tired, over excited dogs in need of a break. Or an anxious dog trying to deal with the world around them. Both those descriptions provide much more useful info...
by Nettle
Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Social dominance?
Replies: 20
Views: 584

Re: Social dominance?

Thank you jacksdad for that analysis, and Ari I am falling short in my explanation with 'zen' and 'bully' for which I apologise. There are always degrees and increments of each, and in trying to keep things simple I sometimes don't explain enough. I must make it clear that I too am learning every da...
by Nettle
Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Social dominance?
Replies: 20
Views: 584

Re: Social dominance?

IMO (which means I could very well be mistaken!) dogs don't realise the size they are until something happens that shows them. I know any number of feisty small dogs ready to take on the world at the drop of a hat, or (in the case of working terriers) the mere mention of a hat. Once they have been s...
by Nettle
Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Social dominance?
Replies: 20
Views: 584

Re: Social dominance?

I do need to qualify that last part. I have never seen a dog gladly offer submission. I should have said "an adult dog". Maybe a lot of this "submission" is to do with neutering - or early neutering (either gender). Certainly a lot of bullying behaviour is, because bullying is essentially a behaviou...
by Nettle
Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Social dominance?
Replies: 20
Views: 584

Re: Social dominance?

The way I see it: There are dogs that are comfortable in their own skins. The ones I call 'zen' dogs, for want of a better term. They either ignore other dogs or interact with politeness and restraint. Zen dogs don't force themselves on other dogs. Other dogs feel safe with a zen dog around. There a...
by Nettle
Tue Mar 05, 2019 3:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Social dominance?
Replies: 20
Views: 584

Re: Social dominance?

I would disagree about it being dominance, social or otherwise. It's more like social ineptitude. Think of group of youths that start to push each other around 'just joshing'. If I do this, what will you do? I suspect some sub-editor has changed Victoria's words and she is probably steaming about it.
by Nettle
Tue Mar 05, 2019 3:04 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Do females get picked on less than males?
Replies: 4
Views: 167

Re: Do females get picked on less than males?

Not in mine, though. It's like people - there has to be a bully and a target. It isn't gender-linked although a normal male should not pick on a normal female. Well-adjusted dogs that are confident and 'zen' don't feel the need to pick on others, and it's a very unwise bully that targets such a dog....
by Nettle
Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What are you and your dogs up to today? Part 2
Replies: 3255
Views: 391876

Re: What are you and your dogs up to today? Part 2

Yesterday something wonderful happened. Dog and I were walking somewhere at a time we don't normally meet other dog walkers. We had just left the car park and my dog was off lead and walking quietly with me. A lady approached with a dog on a lead - one of those big grunting barging labradors all bon...
by Nettle
Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:06 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Interesting behaviour
Replies: 4
Views: 163

Re: Interesting behaviour

My current lurcher (avatar lady's daughter) will resource-guard me in the home but not on walks. Maybe the combo of home+valued resource is greater than out on walks where we are all moving and there is plenty of space. I don't mind - it's easy to manage, and rarely do we have another dog in the hom...
by Nettle
Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What are you and your dogs up to today? Part 2
Replies: 3255
Views: 391876

Re: What are you and your dogs up to today? Part 2

Happy 21st Monty - what an achievement! He is so gorgeous.

I hope painful knees and hips improve soon - I know exactly how limiting these injuries are.
by Nettle
Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Miles The Ridgeback - The Journey
Replies: 10
Views: 592

Re: Miles The Ridgeback - The Journey

Thanks for sharing, Ari.

The "play" at the training class is way different from the genuine play with the tolerant dogs at the pet store. It's great comparison.
by Nettle
Sun Feb 24, 2019 4:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Miles The Ridgeback - The Journey
Replies: 10
Views: 592

Re: Miles The Ridgeback - The Journey

Ari would reply but Miles has eaten his laptop :wink: :lol:
by Nettle
Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:20 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Banned due to my IP address
Replies: 10
Views: 385

Re: Banned due to my IP address

In the South, we furtle :wink: