Proud "Mama" has to brag

Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by Doober, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Late yesterday afternoon, we lost our power. The temp. here was about 98; I have never seen it that high here where I live. When the power didn't come back on in about an hour, we packed up and went to a Holiday Inn where dogs are allowed. We have 4 dogs, two of which are not well and one probably would not have survived without at least a fan moving the air around.

    If one can be proud of one's dogs' behaviors, it's me. They rode in the elevator without hesitation, they never barked (and one of them is a Sheltie, notorious for barking), they went outside and peed on command. I expected the Sheltie to be well behaved but had great trepidation about the big guy 'cause he can try to be dominant - but he was so good. The downside is that now I'm wondering if that "goodness" is another indication that he's really not well.

    The other two dogs, who stayed in my son's room, were also good although they did bark a bit.
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  2. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    Sorry you have to sheltie in place.:D

    Seriously, hope all are home and well soon.
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  3. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    I have found this to be true of all the dogs that I have owned: If they are in a strange environment, they are unsure of what to do, so they look to their "pack leader" (uh, that's you) for guidance. My dogs always seemed to be more obedient when I traveled with them or took them for walks. If your dominance is clearly established as their "pack leader" they will be just as good at home.

    We (dog owners) tend to not maintain that leadership mentality at home because we are relaxed and "being ourselves" by just being "best friends" with the dogs. Dogs need strong, constant, consistant leadership, in order to be well behaved at all times. The same is true with people who misbehave as soon as their leaders are not present. Look at TSOs for an example of this. That, IMHO, is what is truely wrong with TSA today: lack of strong (on-site), constant, and consistant leadership.
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  4. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Please don't insult canines by comparing them with TSOs.
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  5. Rugape

    Rugape Original Member

    Doober, I hope you and the zoo make it home with all intact soonest. We have 2 dogs, one that is Black Lab/Chow mix (100lbs of lazy and love), and a black lab/Pit mix (65lbs of muscle and energy, with a liberal dose of love mixed in), the big one can't stand the heat, the little one can't stand the cold. Best of luck on the one not doing so well, they are family regardless of what others may think or say.
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  6. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Rugape, we got home the next morning, and all are well. I think the sickest dog would have probably died in the heat. We are so grateful that a decent hotel allowed us to bring the animals.

    DeafBlonde, I think I don't assume the "pack leader" persona often enough or forcefully enough at home, but our recent experience has proven that allowing some slack at home isn't awful - they responded when they needed to. :cool:
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  7. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    Glad to hear everyone made it home safe and sound!
  8. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    I agree. I have pets for the companionship that they provide. I get to do enough of the "leadership" thing at work; I don't want to have to assume that role constantly when I am at home. When I get home from work, I just want to relax and hang out with my four-legged buds!
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