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    Default Turns out Koda is a sook!

    We sometimes have SWF dogs come over to stay for a bit, which is fine because Koda is only reactive towards same size or bigger dogs. There is one little dog in particular who comes over regularly, and Koda gets on great with her. I've mentioned her before in my 'Kodas progress' thread. They don't really play, but they get on really well, If he's pushing her too much she will give him a warning growl and he will back of straight away and leave her alone, which is awesome.

    However i've noticed a weird behaviour. Koda is pretty territorial of our backyard, so if there is any unusual sound he will go crazy barking at it. If Dodge barks at something, Koda instantly becomes extremely alert, starts pacing and huffing and puffing. However if this little dog barks at something, Koda's whole demeanour changes from a confident territorial dog (which is what i would expect) to shy and nervous. He will lower his head and slink away to sit by the back door with a very worried look on his face. If i open the door he will push his way past me to get into the house which he usually doesn't do that so eagerly.

    I've seen him do this neumerous times now, so its not a once off... its a bit weird haha. He seems fine otherwise

    They're so cute hanging out together
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    Such a sook, sulking at the door while she barks!
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    SWF barking - probably hurts his ears.

    Here's my story of split personality dogs.

    I took evil hound to my brother's place for his birthday lunch today...

    he's got this gigantic groodle called "Gilbert" that Frosty finds intensely annoying. Tho she's more polite to him than she is to some of the poodle x at the park. So we spend the first 20 minutes there - with her telling him off and herding him away which he thought was the best fun ever. And he'd come back for more - poking her up the bum and clacking his teeth.

    I grabbed and held him at one point to give her a bit of a break - and of course she immediately crapped. Poor thing was busting and just needed a moment of peace. So then I had to let him go to clean up the crap...

    Anyway - come lunch time - neither dog gets to come in given they're both now wet and a bit muddy. Gilbert the groodle - was black to his hocks - and he's a cream coloured dog on the rest of him. So I put Frosty back in the car (can't be stuffed getting the crate out and Gilbert would probably pee on it anyway). And she HOWLS. gawd - she hasn't done that in ages. And I just kept walking - cos we don't go back to howling dog.

    After lunch I went and got her - she hadn't eaten the car seats - phew - and we had more Gilbert herding - but we also tried a bit of reward based training with kibble. Didn't think Gilbert would be interested - but with a bit of doggy competition (Frosty eats anything), he suddenly wanted his kibble after all. And Frosty didn't try to attack him for wanting the food. Mind you I provided kibble spread among me and two kids and two bob alots and a squirrel dude. Ie have many more sources of food than one dog can guard and spread them out.

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    Haha, Gilbert sounds like a bit of a terror

    This particular dog doesn't have a high pitched bark at all, its surprisingly deep for a SWF actually. It would be a similar pitch to Dodges bark, if not a tiny bit deeper... so i wouldn't have thought it would hurt his ears...

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    Maybe Koda thinks there is a big dog barking... ? And gets all anxious because he can't see it.

    My brother "rescued" gilbert from a family with small children - including one with special needs. They thought a dog would help. Somehow magically train itself to be polite and helpful for a naturally anxious child who doesn't like surprises...

    Oops. This dog plays skittles with small children.

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    That would be unlike Koda to react to a dog he can't see like that. Normally he'd go all territorial and bark like crazy while pacing the fence. Besides, I've noticed when she barks, she wanders all over the deck and walks right up to Koda while still barking.

    His behaviour just doesn't really add up...

    Wow, I can't believe people can assume that a dog will just grow up to be perfect Lucky Gilbert is in a better place now. Doesn't surprise me he didn't fit in with that family... All the larger oodle X's I've known have been pretty full on and haven't had many manners at all.

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    interesting.
    wouldn't be the first aussie ive seen with an adaptive personality.
    tho one i new was dominate and big tough bitch around smaller dogs.
    but if they where even a mill taller.. she would bounce and be all submissive and puppyish

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    Quote Originally Posted by spiderwick View Post
    interesting.
    wouldn't be the first aussie ive seen with an adaptive personality.
    tho one i new was dominate and big tough bitch around smaller dogs.
    but if they where even a mill taller.. she would bounce and be all submissive and puppyish
    Koda is the opposite, small dogs, he gets all excited and playful (still dominant though) but larger dogs he gets so overwhelmed he just freaks out badly. Its weird, despite all the research i did on Aussies before i got one, I never heard of how they can easily become reactive if not given the right socialisation. I made the mistake and paid for it by having a reactive dog... I still adore the breed and hope to own many over my lifetime, although next time i'll be socialising the heck out of the pup with lots of praise and fun times

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