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    Yes squabbles get settled here by Gemma with "the look".

    I often wonder how smooth things will be if something was to happen to her, as I have two entire males of different breeds; size and weight being vastly different with the bigger dog being the immature dog.

    Though it would also be fairly quiet too as she can stir them up when it suits her, normally when she's decided that she would like to eat earlier than normal, it's interesting to see her get them worked up running backwards and forwards to the food prep area. If I'm not home this method has proven successful in getting someone else in the house to feed them earlier than their normal time.

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    Do mine qualify as a pack when there are only 4?
    Mine seems to learn by osmosis with a few learnt commands by me.
    They are fed before me as hubby comes in late.
    I prefer and encourage them to go out the door in front of me so one of them doesn't trip me up inadvertently.

    I know who is the top dog here and what positions the other 3 hold but all know when I command, I am the boss.

    Doesn't happen much as it seems we all rub along together very well in our efforts at co existence. They can anticipate what I am doing just as I do with them.

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    I would say so Di.

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    Four is a pack........Even three can be.

    Dogs are really our best teachers
    Pets are forever

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    We seem to be our own little society. There is me, hubby and the dogs (cats and birds)
    Mine never really get outside influences. That can be both good and bad.

    eg as not kid savvy I would no way in hell have them together with the grandies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
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    Mine seems to learn by osmosis with a few learnt commands by me.
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    Because they are Cattle Dogs. They are so eager to learn and will do anything to please you.

    Chubb always ran ahead of me (at night going down to lock up the chooks) and he always carried a big stick.
    I always smiled at that and just assumed that he was a cop in a previous life.

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    It works both ways me thinks. I do everything I can to make their lives as good as I can.

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    I also think they train each other. Jessie has only been back in the mix for 9 days.

    I go to let them out of the dog yard, they jump on the gate, I say down and turn my back a few times. Jessie persists in jumping till she gets disciplined by Pretty to stop it or we will never get out of here. She stops and out they come.
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    I think every one has their own way with their dogs.

    I pretty much let my dogs live... well as dogs.

    Personally when I walk out the back in the morning, and my girls race up to me, nearly knocking me over with their excitement, I find it so beautiful and, well, the reasons I have dogs in the first place, to enjoy their uncondition love, affection and total excitement to have me around.

    On walks, if they are on standard collar and lead they are pretty much allowed to do what they please... to an extent. They are allowed to walk in front of me and sniff a they please. After all this is why i take them out, it is not JUST the excercise, I like them to explore their surroundings and have fun! HOWEVER, they do not and are not allowed to ZIG ZAG everywhere, they walk in straight lines. They sit at every road, whether they are in front or not they are to come to a stop and sit. I do not control their bladders... so they use the bathroom when they like.

    Again HOWEVER, if their show leads are placed on them, they do not pull or walk in front at all, they gait along beside me, they very much know the difference between the two leads and know their expectations on both.

    My dogs are fed before my family, only because its easier for me as I use the time they are eating at night to clean up their mess in the backyard when its still light. I also do not eat before them in the morning as I am not one to eat the second i get up at 6am.

    My dogs are not allowed inside while we eat dinner. (personal preference, well all of this is)

    My dogs are allowed on the lounges, but to lay down quietly, no jumping, being all over the person next to them etc.

    My dogs dig the "plantless garden" ( its just dirt and wood chippings) I just fill in their holes every morning... I may get barked on about that but, they really enjoy it, i am thinking about investing in a clam and filling it with dirt for them.

    They both sit quietly and wait while their food is prepared in front of them and do not touch it until i say it is ok.

    My dogs do not sleep inside at night, they did start off having the kitchen laundry area of a night but my sasha dog just howled the house down all night, they both have since made the transition to her kennel outside with blankets etc, and they seem more content, no noise is made etc.

    While inside the house no, i do not make sure they dont go through a door in front of me, they are certainly not allowed to push past me while i am halfway through the door, but if they walk in a room before me so be it. Unless they are not allowed in a particular part of the house (toilets, bedrooms) but they already know this and do not attempt to enter those.

    Outside on the other hand, they are not to go through the gate, and do not attempt to go near it. I dont even take them out the side gate when I leave for a walk, they are brought through the house, I decided this as I want them to think there is a boundary there where they do not cross. Incase of possible dog theft, gate being left open etc. They know this so well that they dont even greet us looking out the gate when we come home, they dont go around that side of the house, which i am very happy about. I was not sure my theory would work but so far so good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dan4nas View Post
    Outside on the other hand, they are not to go through the gate, and do not attempt to go near it. I dont even take them out the side gate when I leave for a walk, they are brought through the house, I decided this as I want them to think there is a boundary there where they do not cross. Incase of possible dog theft, gate being left open etc. They know this so well that they dont even greet us looking out the gate when we come home, they dont go around that side of the house, which i am very happy about. I was not sure my theory would work but so far so good.
    I found this a really interesting thought. My old dog wrecked our gate multiple times. She didn't run off so it wasn't a huge issue. She just hated to be confined.

    Now Banjo usually gets to use part of the house aswell when we are out, so in the month we've had her, we've hardly used that gate at all. And she never greets us at the gate either. Instead she waits inside at the front door as that is what we tend to use when we go in. I might keep doing this after reading your story and avoid letting her out through the gate always.

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