- Aug 3, 2008
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- mountains of WV
Dog pack dynamics. They will figure it out. Blue is pretty laid back and I think he will relinquish his pack leader position to Murphy. It won’t happen all at once, but with your direction it will go easier than them fighting it out.
Where are pictures????
Will try to get some tomorrow....we are flat out busy here this week, trying to finish up projects and getting ready for an annual family cookout. Will be putting the roofing on the shed build tomorrow...I'll try to get a pic of the monster from the roof, should give some perspective on his sheer size. Eli is 5'10 and this dog comes up to his waist line, so he's officially the largest dog we've had here by a few inches...we had a GP briefly(got shot by the neighbors the 3rd day I had him) that was almost as big.
Blue is not the pack leader and he knows it, so there's nothing to give up on his part....but I think he's afraid of getting his hip injured. Blue has never jockeyed for a top position and he's just not that kind of dog...I don't think he would be even if he were not vulnerable, but he also isn't the kind of dog to roll over and get his butt whipped all the time. Ben attacked him a few times and Blue gave as good as he got but was never the aggressor, but didn't submit either.
Sort of like my old dog Jake....he was perfectly happy to be a beta but he NEVER got whipped by a bigger, more aggressive dog. Jake put every dog down, even those that outweighed him by 100 lbs or more. Then when they partnered up, he let that dog lead out and in play he submitted willingly and often. Just never let himself be bullied and I sense that same attitude in Blue. He doesn't want to be the leader but he sure as beans doesn't want to be a punching bag either.
They'll work it out on their own eventually, but I need to get this dog in the mindset that he doesn't have to establish leadership over MY pack as I'm already leading. So, I back him down and defend the other dogs if I feel he's being too aggressive...and he is. He doesn't even wait for the traditional sniffing of each other or anything but goes directly to attacking, even that little 4 mo. pup, Dooley, that's approx. the size of this dog's crap pile. Literally....we got to see the size of it yesterday and Eli asked, "Where was he keeping ALL that POOP????" I told him that's only half of it, the other half was in the car on the trip down!
So, this morning he and Dooley will be walked together by me and they will walk as a pack~up til now it's been Eli walking one dog, me the other. Later I'll do a pack walk with Blue and Murphy, after we've had a few more supervised meetings. I'll keep working at this for as long as it takes to get him to realize that all the dogs answer to me here and he needs to get with the program. I don't know if I can accomplish that with this dog but I'm sure going to try. I just want to get him to the place where he isn't using his size and aggression to establish his place here...I don't think he knows how to be any other way yet.
Only took him one day to get the feeding ritual, so that's pretty impressive. He doesn't lie down for it yet, but we'll get there. He sits politely now and waits instead of rushing in or following me around, trying to reach the food pan I'm holding. I think he's got brains and a good temperament, which is a good start.