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    Hooch doesn't have it in him to hurt a thing. He doesn't bite, he hardly ever bark etc.
    However he seems to be "learning" bad behaviours from other dogs at the parks/beach.
    One dog starts barking at another, Hooch suddenly starts barking at other dogs too...
    If he sees a dog or a couple of dogs ganging up on another dog he will run and join. We get him when he does it and put him on a leash but I feel like he is learning it and next time he does that kind of behaviour more.

    Any input/advice? We think he is around a year old but sometimes I wonder if he is younger than that...

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    It depends on their general temperament but basically they all have 'pack' instinct I guess. I know my 2 would be in on a 'pack' thing regardless how well tempered and trained they are.
    Some things you just have to try and avoid and a dog brawl is one of them, even the best behaved dog can get caught up in the excitement of it all, doesn't mean your dog is bad or anything, just means they are being Dogs. Not every human likes other humans...not every dog likes every other dog.

    Keep up socialization with your dog and other dogs, use treats to reward good behaviour and turn your dog away from the bad.

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    its the old addage of not letting yours, get involved with the wrong crowd. Lay down with dogs, get up with fleas.

    In a pack, mine can catch things they cant singularly when hunting. In a pack, even Pohm has the guts to bark at dogs.
    I know, that if Bernie and Pohm were lose in a field of cows they would form a pack, and get em.

    I dont think having balls in a crowd, makes your dog a bully either. Packs bring confidence and pack drive to the forefront. ie. revert to being a animal.
    But it's all good, put me in a pack of women, i'll find something to bitch about. Alone, im no bitch.

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    lol Bernie.

    The tiny JRT I used to take along on walks used to run up to GSDs barking aggressively because she expected my big dog to back her up. Was hilarious if I managed to call my dog off before she got 'in the zone' and then watch the JRTs reaction when she realised she was on her own. Never saw her run back to us faster than in those moments.

    I've seen Banjo join the ganging up on other dogs which is very unlike her because she is so friendly to dogs otherwise.

    I don't think they necessarily learn bad habits from that. I agree with Bernie that they just behave differently when they are in a group as opposed to on their own.

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    lol Bernie.
    Thank you everyone. I truly love this forum.
    I find having a dog is just like raising my child in so many ways. Always trying to do the right thing by them, always looking at these critters wondering where the operating manual is!

    I feel better knowing that other "good" dogs are doing it when with the wrong crowd. He is inherently a good soul, never wanting to harm a thing - that's why he hates squeaky toys! I dont want it to change.

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    Just like a gang...........And just like a gang often one by themselves is no hero.

    Mine are a pack, but i have worked very hard at maintaining control. The word "off" means a lot to my dogs and they all quit.

    Katy by herself would never instigate barking, but with her pals, she might. He motto is "I'll be right behind you"

    Tessa our smallest is the gang leader at starting things, but she is not the pack leader....She like to get them all going, but is the first to pull out. You need to make sure that they listen to you and you can stop them, especially in public. That you have the final say
    Pets are forever

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    "Tessa our smallest is the gang leader at starting things"

    Oh, I so recognise this. That's what used to happen with this tiny JRT and my big dog! And people always looked puzzled when I went to grab the little one and not the big one when the dogs were about to get up to mischief! But if I stopped the small one, the big one would return to being obedient too. Otherwise she would back up her little pal and ignore me. Quite funny to watch...

    Fortunately Banjo seems to be more able to resist peer pressure when it comes to listening to me.

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    Yep, bad habits are like a virus and can spread from dog to dog very easily. You're doing the right thing by putting him on a lead when he does this - it will help him learn that some things are ok, and some things get him put on a lead.

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    Frosty loves to be the cheer squad... circles round and barks a lot.

    And she always goes on lead if she does it. The trick for me is to anticipate likely triggers and get her with me, on lead and getting heaps of rewards for being with me - and not the gang.

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    Sounds great Hyacinth! because I did worry that putting him on a lead will make him escape us next time we come near him as he doesn't want to be put on it. If we use treats when we get him on the lead - that will solve that problem!
    Great ideas and advice everyone!

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