Here Comes the Attitude

Jessi is sure getting some attitude. 🙂 We like attitude, though, and confidence. Though now we have to watch the dogs a bit more. She was posturing Angel a day or so ago, trying to be boss. Angel tells her to quit it with teeth and growl, so that is good. It’s bad when Jessi does it to Lucy or Chase. Because both Lucy and Chase outrank her, and they will seriously let her know that.

So we have to watch for a while until they work out their pack dynamics. Always interesting when that happens. I don’t know how people do it when they just put a new dog into their pack and don’t worry about it. That is strange to me. We never do that, we always watch, are always careful, to see how they get along.

I say that violence begets violence, in dogs as well as people. If fights break out, they are more likely to break out in the future. So we try to stop it before it happens. And, it’s not uncommon. Dogs are dogs, they show their pack dynamics differently than humans, and it usually works out (we have never had it not work out).

20 thoughts on “Here Comes the Attitude”

  1. Grrrrrrrr…..good thing Gracie doesn't fight back more. It would never work with me! Keepin' it calm…. Licks, Johann

  2. When first got Ginger we had a bit of trouble with her. She didn’t appear to realize she was a dog. She had lived her whole life we an older lady, away from other dogs or any other animals at all. I think she thought she was an old lady too. When the other dogs went into play posture she ran away, if they tried to engage her in tugging toy games she dropped the toy and ran away…the only dogs she seemed secure with were the two little poms. We noticed Ginger was observing the other dogs, watching them play, you could tell she wanted to get in there too, but didn’t know how. She acted like a bashful kid on a playground. The other day though, Kizzy ran up and tried to take a toy from Ginger and Ginger pulled back, pretty soon they were engaging in a pretty enthusiastic game of tug of war. She looked so pleased with herself, It about made me cry!

  3. When first got Ginger we had a bit of trouble with her. She didn't appear to realize she was a dog. She had lived her whole life we an older lady, away from other dogs or any other animals at all. I think she thought she was an old lady too. When the other dogs went into play posture she ran away, if they tried to engage her in tugging toy games she dropped the toy and ran away…the only dogs she seemed secure with were the two little poms. We noticed Ginger was observing the other dogs, watching them play, you could tell she wanted to get in there too, but didn't know how. She acted like a bashful kid on a playground. The other day though, Kizzy ran up and tried to take a toy from Ginger and Ginger pulled back, pretty soon they were engaging in a pretty enthusiastic game of tug of war. She looked so pleased with herself, It about made me cry!

  4. This is one of the things that boggles my mind, people who seem to have no concept of what their dogs are thinking. I know every little gesture of my dogs body language. I can tell what they are thinking before they move. Of course, as the mom of a pit bull I had to learn to make sure nothing ever happened. Now, I can see another dog on the road and am able to read their body language as well as my own dogs. This has prevent a number of unfortunate encounters between my dogs and other dogs, me and other dogs, other people and other dogs. I just don’t understand people who have dogs yet have no concept of how to read them. It’s really not that hard, they are dogs 🙂

  5. This is one of the things that boggles my mind, people who seem to have no concept of what their dogs are thinking. I know every little gesture of my dogs body language. I can tell what they are thinking before they move. Of course, as the mom of a pit bull I had to learn to make sure nothing ever happened. Now, I can see another dog on the road and am able to read their body language as well as my own dogs. This has prevent a number of unfortunate encounters between my dogs and other dogs, me and other dogs, other people and other dogs. I just don't understand people who have dogs yet have no concept of how to read them. It's really not that hard, they are dogs 🙂

  6. Hi jo! Oh I love it when they start learning how to play. It makes me cry, too. Sometimes dogs do really seem to think they are people. But dogs can have fun too!

  7. Hi jo! Oh I love it when they start learning how to play. It makes me cry, too. Sometimes dogs do really seem to think they are people. But dogs can have fun too!

  8. Yeah Flo I know what you mean. I am very attuned to my dogs language, including body signals. It’s strange to me when people are not, especially those who claim to be good dog people… hrmph. Pits definitely need to be understood, sweet as they are. 🙂

  9. Yeah Flo I know what you mean. I am very attuned to my dogs language, including body signals. It's strange to me when people are not, especially those who claim to be good dog people… hrmph. Pits definitely need to be understood, sweet as they are. 🙂

  10. Misty my alpha Poodle is such an alpha Poodle that the three dogs and a cat quickly fell in line. I have no idea what she told them in doggy language, but it worked. I know she growled at them a few times, but denied it when i asked her about it. 🙂

  11. Misty my alpha Poodle is such an alpha Poodle that the three dogs and a cat quickly fell in line. I have no idea what she told them in doggy language, but it worked. I know she growled at them a few times, but denied it when i asked her about it. 🙂

  12. Jan, I know what you mean. The top dogs can be so subtle that us humans have a hard time catching their signals.

  13. Jan, I know what you mean. The top dogs can be so subtle that us humans have a hard time catching their signals.

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