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We got a dog on Sunday!!!  Owen is 1.5 years, a Black Mouth Cur / pit bull mix, about 60 lbs, brindle and looks a lot like our dear departed Bailey.  So far he has done very well here, clearly delighted to be out of the shelter after 2 months in a small room.  We got him at the Ulster County SPCA - the nicest of the various rescue/shelter/pound type places we looked.  He's got a good disposition, is house trained, knows "no" and "sit", is a bit sketchy on "come", walks well on the leash, and counter surfs, but gets down when I tell him.  He slept with me for the first two nights, then I put his bed downstairs last night and closed my door.  Didn't hear a peep from him, and he was very excited to see me this morning.

I have a question for you dog people, two actually.  He met my daughter and a friend who is staying here, C, at the same time.  He seemed good with both of them, but this morning, after two full days here, he growled at C. Then he was fine.  Understandably, it scared C.  Any clue why he would do this?  L was there at the same time, and he didn't react that way to here.  C didn't come up on him suddenly, he'd already been fed and had his walk.

The other question is how best should he meet my husband?  He is out in San Diego with Dan, and will be back Sunday night.  He insisted he and I had seen enough dogs together that if I thought Owen was a good match for us, then he is fine with him.  So he will be meeting him for the first time Sunday. The vet talked to me about alpha dogs, which I think is a bit discredited.  She suggested he be out of the house on a walk when Tom gets here, then come in to find him sitting on the couch.  Any ideas?

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Date: 2014-06-05 02:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nutmeg3.livejournal.com
Congratulations! He's very handsome. I love brindles.

I recommend posting on [livejournal.com profile] allthingsdog and [livejournal.com profile] dogsintraining with your questions. Fwiw, my thoughts:

What were the exact circumstances when he growled at C? Did she move in any way? Say something loudly/make a loud noise? Was his bowl still there? It's hard to say without knowing the exact circumstances.

As for the first meeting, the Alpha thing has been discredited, but at the same time, he needs to know that when you and your husband speak, he needs to listen. That said, positive training is the way to go. I think - though I have no idea if I'm right - maybe he and your husband should meet on neutral ground, like out for a walk. See if your husband can take the leash at some point, feed him treats, basically make himself attractive. Then go inside together and have your husband feed him. Then have him do at least some of the feedings and walks 'til Owen realizes you're both fixtures in his life. That's my thought, anyway.

Date: 2014-06-05 05:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ffiondove.livejournal.com
What a beautiful animal. I have no idea why he would growl at C unless you and L have a similar scent to him and he knows that C isn't *family* - I agree with Nutty's idea about introducing him to your husband, treats and gentle persuasion perhaps. Good luck and let us know how it goes! xx

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