Help, please.....dogsitting

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Help, please.....dogsitting

Post by Jan Bla » Fri, 17 Mar 1995 02:03:52



Well, after a year of moratorium, I have found my way back to the
Internet.  Talk about withdrawal!  Forgive me if this is an old
standby question, as I have been cut off from all your timely and
well used advice.

Bonnie the bodacious border collie says Hi to all her old
friends.  We have the following question:

This weekend we are dogsitting for Cousin Luna, another border collie.
We very much like this arrangement for mutual dogsitting, as neither
of our pups take to the kennel very well (although we have a marvelous
kennel), and this way they get very careful attention, etc.

Bonnie, however, is not the world's most social dog.  She gets along
famously with the neighborhood dogs that she sees regularly, but
even with them she gets jealous of our attention when we try to pet
them.

We are getting Luna tonight, and I am anticipating some dog friction,
at least until they settle into an order.  My question:  do I let
them settle this outright, or do I intervene?  Do I try to let
Bonnie know that Luna is not to be snapped at, or do I let Bonnie
inform Luna of her alpha status?

All advice is welcome.

AOL, so no flames about the name, please.)

Thanks,
JB

 
 
 

Help, please.....dogsitting

Post by Mac Crosse » Fri, 17 Mar 1995 13:07:24


Quote:

>We are getting Luna tonight, and I am anticipating some dog friction,
>at least until they settle into an order.  My question:  do I let
>them settle this outright, or do I intervene?  Do I try to let
>Bonnie know that Luna is not to be snapped at, or do I let Bonnie
>inform Luna of her alpha status?

We are taking Riker to my parents in Colorado for Spring Break.  My mom
really spoils the grandpuppy, so he loves to go.  Their 12-year old elkhound,
Bear, tolerates Riker, and Riker thinks he's the neatest.

Bear puts up with Riker, but will occasionally put him in his place.  We fuss
at Bear and he walks away with snort, and a positively SMUG look on his face!
I think he just needs to remind Riker who's boss every so often.

I'd say to correct Bonnie when she snaps, but don't scold her so much that
she blames Luna.  Also, if Bonnie wants to be the one on the couch, or first
out the door, let her, that will minimize friction and let her keep her alpha status.

Hope this helps.

Mac Alan Crossett       Rule of Acquisition #9

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