> Hi all -
> I am a little concerned about my dog's behavior as of late.
> We both work full time. We live in a townhouse with no yard and so
> Morgan (lab/boxer/chow mix), spent most of her first year with us
> home by herself during the day. I come home at lunch to walk her.
> Lately we've been a little concerned about her being alone most of
the day -
> thinking she seemed bored and kind of depressed and all. So we
> week to take her on Mon/Wed/Fri to a pet sitter in our area. There
is a lot
> of land to run on and other dogs to play with so we thought she
> enjoy spending her day outdoors and socializing with other dogs.
> We just started this week (monday & wednesday) and I have noticed a
> of things I am concerned about:
> 1. When I pick her up at the sitter's, she is at the door
> me to take her home. I mean she is really ready to go home. No
BS - "let's
> go home daddy...right NOW"
> 2. She is exeptionally tired once we get home and sleeps most of
> evening and night away (this I attribute to lengthy play time which
> not used to).
> But my real concern is:
> 3. When we take her out there (or this morning when she was going
> home) she gets really nervous and shakes like she is terrified of
> go to the pet sitter's house. I have never seen her act this way.
> sitting upstairs this morning after my shower and literally shaking
> nervousness. And was very relieved that she got to stay home
> Once she get's there (on the days we take her) and sees the other
> seems to be fine with it, but in the car she acts nervous and shaky
> My question is really this:
> Is this a normal behavior for a dog in her situation (i.e., will
> used to it and eventually calm down and enjoy it)?
> Also, should we be at all concerned about how she may be getting
> there? I like the pet sitter, she is very dog-oriented, runs an
> animal and dog rescue and seems to be very good with Morgan. She
> me that Morgan seems to always have a good time there. I don't
> she is in any way being mistreated there.
> I could really use some input on this from you folks out there.
> Dave Fluker
What you describe is pretty much what I would consider normal
behavior. The cause however, could be happy e***ment and eager
anticipation, or based on genuine fear and terror... It's hard to
tell whether she is happy and exuberant and e***d about going, or
terrified to death of being mishandled... The same body language
seems to apply to both ends of the spectrum...
Similarly, when you see people that have seemingly happy working dogs
that have been trained with shock collars and abusive force training,
their "trainers" will show you Howe happy and e***d their dogs seem
to work... What you will see when you watch them, is TERROR, NOT
pleasure in their work... But people are constantly duped by the
frantik fraud die's and the cindy moore's and amy dahls, that will
terrorize dogs, and tell you that the proof is in the happy tail
wagging and e***d attitude they demonstrate when they are
working... IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR AN UNTRAINED EYE TO DETERMINE THE
So, use close scrutiney, good judgement, common sense, and never
believe what the professionals tell you when your own observations
and good judgement tell you otherwise...
Most people that work with animals are decent, caring, loving
individuals that would never do anything inappropriate... However,
just look at the caliber of abusive people here, OUR R.P.D.B.
Regulars, that will tell you to shock, choke, jerk, punish, confront,
twist ears and toes, and hang your dog, to enhance the bond between
trainer and dog, and to achieve the higher aspects of obedience...
BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID... The inmates are running the asylum!
;~) DRAINING THE SWAMP, AND RELOCATING THE GATORS... J>>>
"CUSTOM WILL RECONCILE PEOPLE TO ANY ATROCITY." G.B. Shaw.
"I know that most men, including those at ease with problems
of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the
simplest and most obvious truth if it would oblige them to
admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in
explaining to colleagues, proudly taught to others, and which
they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their
Is it any wonder that the following sig file has generated more
complaints to my personal email than any other controversial
post I have made to date, bar none?:
If you have to do things to your dog to train him, that you would
rather not have to do, then you shouldn't be doing them. If you
have a dog trainer that tells you to jerk your dog around, ***
him, pinch his ears, or twist his toes, shock, shake, slap, scold,
hit, or punish him in any manner, that corrections are
appropriate, that the dog won't think of you as the punisher,
or that corrections are not harmful, or if they can't train your
dog to do what you want, look for a trainer that knows Howe.
Wits' End Dog Training
Nature, to be mastered, must be obeyed.
There are terrible people who, instead of solving a problem,
bungle it and make it more difficult for all who come after. Who
ever can't hit the nail on the head should, please, not hit at all.
The abilities to think, rationalize and solve problems are learned
The Wits' End Dog Training Method challenges the learning
centers in the dogs brain. These centers, once challenged,
develop and continue to grow exponentially, to make him smarter.
The Wits' End Dog Training method capitalizes on praising split
seconds of canine thought, strategy, and timing, not mindless
hours of forced repetition, constant corrections, and scolding.