03-01-2017, 04:19 PM
Trifan,'index.php?page=Thread&postID=193769#post193769 Wrote:Well, no I wouldn't really expect them to know better particularly if the dogs seem happy enough with that arrangement (for now). I mean we often don't learn until something goes wrong and then we say, "oh, I should have thought about that more". Skye is still a pup herself but as she matures and the little guy is also not recognised by her as a pup, things can change. You also never know what the future may hold in respect to other dogs being around. Learning to respect each others space particularly around food is a very valuable safeguard.Valuable lessons have been learnt today by all ,again thanks for the advice could have been a ticking time bomb for the future if it continued
I got the shock of my life on Jaspers first day home. It wasn't an ideal day as I had a house full of stay over guests and 3 extra dogs. Max was accustomed to being alone most of the time so the other dogs were already addition enough for his sensitivities. While I was away picking Jasper up, my partner had given Max a pigs ear which he didn't eat but instead left it in a corner in the kitchen. It was nevertheless a high value item. Not knowing it was in the vicinity I put Jasper down on the floor and as he walked past the area where the pigs ear was, Max attacked him with no recognition of his puppy status at all. It really shocked me as Max is a sweet, sweet natured boy. Lesson learned by all in the household and a reminder that the sooner we taught Jasper his manners the better.
My friend often stays over with her dogs and feeding all 5 of them in the same vicinity with no dramas or anxiety gives us a weird pleasure LOL as it represents success in teaching manners and boundaries. It also shows us that each dog knows the humans have their backs (NOT to be mistaken as meaning the humans are Alpha).