What Dogs can Teach Dogs
I received my copy of A Guide to Living With & Training a Fearful Dog written by Debbie Jacobs, it should be required reading before we humans start to live with any fearful dog. When I stared living with Honey there wasn’t much information available, lots of trial and mostly error on my part, but we now have the “guide book.”
I’ve noticed over the last 367 days Honey learns faster from my other two well socialized laid back dogs then from me. I had to first learn to speak and think dog, the international language of dogs. She didn’t need to learn anything, at the first meeting, she knew which dog to hang with, by just a sniff, she picked Dexter.
Dexter taught her which was the best bush to nap under in the yard, to come by hand signal, Dexter dog was deaf. Most importantly, people who come to visit aren’t really that bad. Honey may backup a bit at the first site of a visitor, but if the “D” man was okay with them and lays by our feet while enjoying the weather, Honey will come and lay down a couple feet from us too.
Maggie taught her to come in the kitchen in the morning, good treats are available. Honey is currently studying Maggie as I brush, wipe feet and trim nails. Honey just sits a couple feet away and watches what’s up with interest. I have recently started using Maggie as an example for Honey to sit on command, with some success. My wife will tell Maggie “you’re being USED” whenever she sees what I’m up to. Maggie seems to reply, “yep, but I get treats too.”
I’m not sure, it would be a interesting study, but I believe fearful ones learn more from other dogs than I gave them credit for.
Those who live with these fearful ones, what have you noticed regarding other dogs you may have taught your shy ones?