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Tuesday in Brooklyn

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Recalls went a little better today. Razzle is also slightly calmer today generally. Half way through off leash he just stuck around and chilled or wanted to play with just me. And Stella is feistier. I think she deliberately waited for him to completely finish his trachea before she started hers just so she could tell him to get lost when he messed with her. She usually just let's him do whatever. Ok Razz you can have this ball and that ball and that ball too. You want to take my most precious beat up stinky stuffed Ellie right out if my mouth even though it has been my ritual all my life to get it out if my crate in the morning and carry it out back for the first pee? Oh ok. And Ok Razz I'm really thirsty but go ahead you drink from the waterbowl first I'll back up. You want my dinner? Oh well ok.... This bed? Ok. I'm going tight around the standards like she asked me too, but you want me out if the way? Well Ok. Yeah. It's been kinda breaking my heart.

I'm currently having a cup of Stud Muffin coffee we got at The Christmas Shop. They are the weirdest stores. We love them. Now maybe I'll get some work done too. Razz is asleep with his head on my foot.

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biggmellon
Oct. 21st, 2014 10:17 pm (UTC)
mmmmmmm coffee
dinahprincedaly
Oct. 22nd, 2014 05:10 pm (UTC)
Stud muffin! But today it's instant vanilla cafe latte. I am an addict but I guess I'm looming for variety.
biggmellon
Oct. 23rd, 2014 02:17 am (UTC)
mmmm instant coffee
talesofmyboys
Oct. 21st, 2014 10:35 pm (UTC)
Hopefully Razz's puppy license will wear off soon and Stella will start telling him where to go. ;-) It took a while for Merc to start telling Davy off and not letting Davy have his way all the time. When Merc does tell Davy off, I let him know that it is an OK thing to do.
dinahprincedaly
Oct. 22nd, 2014 05:19 pm (UTC)
I think I made the mistake of telling Stella ( or the way I told her) to go easy on him--because when he was a tiny thing she sometimes got too rough and this has spilled over into maybe being a posture toward him even though he's just about eight or nine pounds shy of her weight.

Generally she defers to other dogs anyhow and it has made her off leash experience with a variety of dogs easy for her. But the thing is even when she says to him very clearly IM SERIOUS I DO NOT WANT TO PLAY WITH YOU RIGHT NOW!!!!! He says yeah you do and ignores her AND I MEAN IT!! Tone. And then of course not taking no for an answer he always figures out how to get her to play...

How might I encourage her not to let him steamroller over her to get his way all the time
talesofmyboys
Oct. 22nd, 2014 06:19 pm (UTC)
For as big as Merc is, he lets Slider and Davy push him around. When he does tell Davy to back off, Merc will look at me to check my reaction (he worries I will be upset with him), so if he was appropriate with telling Davy off (and he usually is) I tell him he is a good boy and that what he did was just fine. And if I see Davy pushing it too far, I will step in for Merc and tell Davy to knock it off. Slider will also pick on Merc sometimes, and Merc will just take it, so I also step in and tell Slider to back off. Some dogs need this extra help because they are too nice to stand up for themselves. If Razz keeps disrespecting her, then I would give him some time out in a crate or x-pen. Or if you have baby gates to block off a room, then maybe Stella can have a favorite room all to herself. And since you mentioned the cats in another post, and maybe you already do this, Slider was a little intense at times with our cat when they both were younger, so I kept two rooms baby-gated off from the dogs so the cat could get in quickly but the dogs could not. And Slider got scolded for any bad behavior towards the cat. I try to train as positively as I can, but there are times I will get in the face of my dogs and remind them that I am the bitch of the house. ;-)
dinahprincedaly
Oct. 22nd, 2014 06:28 pm (UTC)
Yes I have rigged the door to Bs room and bathroom to open only a cats width with a chain and hook. And weirdly I am able to call Stella off the cats easily even with Razz's infusion if new excitement for the chase. I guess I could be harsher on that with him. I worry about that as our recall is not brilliant at off leash as it should be. This actually surprised me.
Meanwhile i'll step in for her. He gets so very jealous so fast... I'll work it out.
Thanks
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