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Swirl's puppies beauteous one-day-old found here today!!!


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Apr. 24th, 2014 08:28 pm (UTC)
Holy crap! they're LOUD!! ahahaha.

That red merle girl with the big red butt, that's really neat! I've not seen a marking like that on a pup before (I don't think).
Apr. 24th, 2014 08:31 pm (UTC)
one of my good CT agility friends with porties really likes miss red butt too
Apr. 24th, 2014 08:42 pm (UTC)
Never underestimate the value of being able to recognize your dog in a stack of agility photos!! LOL

I don't know how the BW BC people do it. Honestly, they really do all look the same to me. Cept for Brighty... she sorta stands out.
Apr. 24th, 2014 08:55 pm (UTC)
The BW BC with stumpy legs is mine :)
Apr. 24th, 2014 08:58 pm (UTC)
Ok, ok, and Mal too. He's just friggin adorable. Plus jumps 16?? That helps a ton too.

Apr. 24th, 2014 09:34 pm (UTC)
Re: girls and girls though
re: What tends to trigger a fight among housemates? The actions of the owner, such as paying attention to one dog rather than the other, are a trigger for 46% of the pairs. Simple excitement, usually involving the owner's arrival or other activities was involved in 31%. Conflict over food was involved in 46% of the pairs while found items or toys are triggers in 26%.

Here's my main concern with that study. In my seminars with Ian Dunbar and other behaviorists it has been VERY clear the "regular pet dog owners" do NOT read their dogs actions very well. They tend to overstate "fights" and "aggression" to a large degree and don't read their dogs' signals until FAR too late. I have also seen this a lot in my client group. There's a lot of dog "fighting" that could be seen by pet people as "severe" when in actuality it's very much dogs just figuring out how to live with eachother and how to get what they want. Dunbar has a questionnaire that he distributes with some key factors on it like actual bites, blood, etc. (to dogs, not to humans who stick their hands in there...)

Anyway. I do think some of that is over stated. But I also know that we had our own girl problems and it wasn't pretty. Even if there are NOT actual full blown fights, even just the menacing and bitchy-ness can get old SUPER fast.

I think girl dogs have just as much likelihood of being sweethearts as being bitches. It can very much just be in their personalities. I've met a LOT of really sweet girl dogs (bcs and others). Temperament... It's there and you have to try to quantify the level of sweet vs sour.

You must know some agility peeps with several girls in the house. Ask around. Worth noting would be how they classify each dog. Nova, for example, is basically a super sweet dog. The puppies LOVE her... and she loves them. Fred can't stand her. But then, I highly expect Fred wishes he was the only bitch in the house. ;)
Apr. 24th, 2014 11:11 pm (UTC)
Re: girls and girls though
I have always had a heard of bitches and never, ever have had a problem!
Apr. 25th, 2014 12:46 am (UTC)
Re: girls and girls though
I know Judy has all girls and sometimes she does have to show them who is top bitch in the house
Apr. 25th, 2014 03:07 am (UTC)
Re: girls and girls though
The Gordon Girls think all this talk about bitch fights is just wrong. For the last 17 years there have been at least two of them, three for 10+ years and four for a time when Rudy was quite old and Zelda was quite young. There will always be dynamics if you have more than one dog, but skirmishes are few if the dogs are trained and look to you as the "benevolent dictator" (as Patricia McConnell writes in her book, Outnumbered). That book is a good read with reasonable advice. You run the show - and they live according to your rules. No fighting and no snarking are good rules that are easy to follow if you manage them until they figure them out (just like you would with groups of dogs of either gender).

Girl power!
Apr. 25th, 2014 03:38 am (UTC)
Re: girls and girls though
I don't know that Patricia McConnell book I'll look for it. "Girl Power"made me smile!!
Apr. 25th, 2014 06:18 pm (UTC)
Re: girls and girls though
Do you read Patricia's blog? She just recently got a new BC and has been blogging about introducing dogs. There is some good information. Her new BC came from my sheepdog trainer in Idaho. Small world!
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