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    I do love an update - thanks for that Nick

    It is sad to see that the dogs cannot get along all the time. It seems like one dog feels they must protect the other or something. So separating them - might work. It will also depend a lot on whether you (or Bruno) can help the dogs see that it's not their job to be protective.

    Not that I've been all that successful explaining this to my dog. But then again consistency is the key and if she wants to pretend she wants to eat door to door sales people - who am I to stop that?

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    Thanks for the reply. I think an update is very important in this case.

    Please bear in mind that I HATE formulaic shelving of behaviour. But this situation really was so startling and blatant.

    When they were together and aggressive I put it down to protective. But I honestly feel that it's "I will protect the pack to prove I am top dog", rather than true "nice" protectiveness. I really feel that these guys were both just vying for attention and power in the pack. I had always said that the aggression was based on the need for dominance, but I had no idea that the two were actually competing with _each other_.

    I am not a small dog person, and I have to admit I assumed it was just "small dog syndrome"...I am not proud of that.

    It has been an eye opener. i am going to watch paired dogs (and I admit small dogs more, because they tend to be the aggressive, bicycle chasers) to see if pairs are worse than singles. I hope I can be impartial and also factor in owner behaviour....some owners can be atrocious.

    The truth is that the change in their behaviour in our case is so profound that (at least for Scruffy and Bruno) there is _no need_ for showing that aggression is not needed.

    For us and Pearl, the matter is still in flux.

    She is 10 years old. I can remember that she had an attitude when she was a pup. It may just be that she needs to go to a home where she is "it" and then she will be a _relatively_ nice dog, with occasional issues.

    For Scruffy I see a better and better future. He is a completely altered dog. 10% aggression and some of that justified by bouncy big dog puppies.

    Hey! I see people who are able to accept, and even laugh at, dog behaviour that I find appalling, just because they are small dogs. _Somebody_ will find Pearl a good dog.

    IF we can show a vast improvement when out Tess tarries along on walks, the I have no objection to Pearl being a family member. She is a cute little girl.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    But then again consistency is the key and if she wants to pretend she wants to eat door to door sales people - who am I to stop that?
    If she wants to eat door to door sales/mormans etc, surely that gets a big meaty bone as a treat

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    Quote Originally Posted by mymatejack View Post
    If she wants to eat door to door sales/mormans etc, surely that gets a big meaty bone as a treat
    HUH! I could not see how to report thins
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    Nick

    I'd never let my dog actually eat a Mormon. We did have two missionaries visit the other day when I was in the middle of a major olive pickling project and couldn't stop for a chat and they wanted to say hello to my evil hound who was threatening blue murder through the door. No sense of self preservation - those two Mormons.

    If you want to report a post - there is a black triangle with a faint white ! in the middle of it, towards the bottom left of each post frame. If you want to quote a bit there are two quote buttons on the bottom right. or you can use the quote bubble when you're writing a post and cut and paste what you want into the quote tags or paste and then highlight and then click the quote bubble - at the top right of the message window.

    Hope that helps.

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    Nah I will leave it as a frivolous post, but thanks for the info.

    Olive pickling...I watched a cooking show recently (I think Alive and Cooking) and there was a bit about pickling olives _without salt_. The guy just used water. I can see an enormous potential for low salt and different taste of pickled olives, but of course they lose their preservative. Do you know anything about this? I asked a friend of mine who is old style Italian and he had never heard of it.
    Nick Peg n Benny (or is it Peg n Benny n Nick?)

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    Just BTW. Our Tess is hopeless as a guard dog. If she can be bothered, she will go to the door and say hi. Not a cell of property protection in her.
    Nick Peg n Benny (or is it Peg n Benny n Nick?)

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    Another update. Bruno's Scruffy is now starting to hump other small dogs. His actual aggression levels are amazingly low: this evening he was rolled over by an Alsatian and a Great Dane, who were frolicking, but not watching. So probably 100Kg ran right over Scruffy's 6Kg. He had words to say and I was Ok with that.

    However, the humping is a problem. Twice he has had a snarling match with a dog that objected to his behaviour. So he has moved from instant aggression to dominance and _then_ aggression. So far it's ...OK...he tries a few times and gets told by the other other dog and stops...but a couple of times he has let the warning become a fight.

    My problem here is that Bruno is a very gentle person, who wants to see the best in a...well...in everything....so he has trouble watching Scruffy when he disappears (he is getting better...and that cuts both ways) and a LOT of trouble actually controlling him. Also I have spent so much time needing to control Scruff, that it's hard o stop.

    I do have to bite my tongue about Scruffy howling until he is allowed in the bedroom, "can't keep him off the front seat of the car"....and a few others. Scruffy is a control freak and Bruno is a sucker.

    As long as Bruno and Scruffy are happy. Scruffy is a 1000% changed person in so many ways.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldNick View Post
    HUH! I could not see how to report thins
    Hi oldNick, keep ya legs together buddy, my post wasn't in anyway meant to be taken seriously

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