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    Quote Originally Posted by crazydog View Post
    Well lucky for you you must have the dog with the right temperment that these things will not be a big deal BUT I can tell if I allowed young Maremma's to rough house with me it would lead to nothing but problems. You see most of the things you just discribed could lead a dominate insucure dog to become aggresive. I treat each dog individually & yes I do have some dogs I trust with my kids but my kids are VERY dog savvy & the dogs are well trained. Also the kids should be of an age you 100% know they know the difference between patting & prodding/hitting/pulling etc.
    Stating the obvious really...

    Of course you wouldn't leave kids out with a dog if they weren't dog savvy. And each dog would be treated individually.

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    I am 54 and have had dogs/cats/birds all my life. I do many things that are perceived as "wrong" Too bad. It works for us, has done and still does through the times with multiple pets.
    Mine all eat from the same baking dish of dry food there for them 24/7. They do have their raw individually.
    I do not believe that we have to "master"them or be in control 24/7.
    We all have to live together and we manage to all smooth off the rough edges to peaceful and mutually fulfilling cohabitation.
    For example they know that outside they can rough house all they like. Inside however it is gentle. If they are in my way I will step over them if I choose. If I have a bag of groceries in my arms they are told to move.
    I do no direct training bar sit, stay, no, move and down. They learn maybe from positive and consistent reinforcement.
    It never takes very long. Maybe all my dogs in 30 years have been intelligent.
    They have learned to go to the door to be let out for the toilet. I trained the 2 pups by going out with them and peeing on the lawn. (I live on a farm)
    The male took a little longer than the female. Sometimes it used to be like syncronised swimming. Di says widdle widdle and out they went and squatted at the same time.
    They were told a few times no to being on the bed at night. They seem to know it is ok if I am in there alone or it is still daytime.
    I will not trust any dog alone with kids so steps are taken so that dogs and kids are all happy when this happens.
    Bottom line is that I feel that it is a mutual effort. We choose to live with them, make sure their needs are met and they in turn enrich our lives within mutually acceptable guidelines if indeed these are met.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    I am 54 and have had dogs/cats/birds all my life. I do many things that are perceived as "wrong" Too bad. It works for us, has done and still does through the times with multiple pets.
    Mine all eat from the same baking dish of dry food there for them 24/7. They do have their raw individually.
    I do not believe that we have to "master"them or be in control 24/7.
    We all have to live together and we manage to all smooth off the rough edges to peaceful and mutually fulfilling cohabitation.
    For example they know that outside they can rough house all they like. Inside however it is gentle. If they are in my way I will step over them if I choose. If I have a bag of groceries in my arms they are told to move.
    I do no direct training bar sit, stay, no, move and down. They learn maybe from positive and consistent reinforcement.
    It never takes very long. Maybe all my dogs in 30 years have been intelligent.
    They have learned to go to the door to be let out for the toilet. I trained the 2 pups by going out with them and peeing on the lawn. (I live on a farm)
    The male took a little longer than the female. Sometimes it used to be like syncronised swimming. Di says widdle widdle and out they went and squatted at the same time.
    They were told a few times no to being on the bed at night. They seem to know it is ok if I am in there alone or it is still daytime.
    I will not trust any dog alone with kids so steps are taken so that dogs and kids are all happy when this happens.
    Bottom line is that I feel that it is a mutual effort. We choose to live with them, make sure their needs are met and they in turn enrich our lives within mutually acceptable guidelines if indeed these are met.
    That sounds really similar to our house!!

    I am loving the "peeing on the lawn". I think I love you.

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    I actually do all those things that people and some trainers advise against Because i think their reason is plain stupid and unjustified I allow my dogs on couch, i allow my dogs go through door first when needed, I don't care whether I eat before or after them (and they don't either), I play tug-a-war and let them win and so many other things I can't remember. I've had dogs all my life and it was the same with all of them. It seems I do everything wrong but I have and have had well behaved and well mannered polite doggies
    Last edited by Fedra; 12-16-2010 at 12:08 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lala View Post
    To be honest I dont really think do dominance comes into it during play. I have seen many a dominant dog allow a subordibate to win occasionlly. Our dogs know who the bosses are and we don't get any dominant behaviors from them at all except maybe the odd time amongst themselves. I get what you are saying but I don't think dominNce issues are always invade

    Scuds typing I am playing on my kids iPod lol
    Are you kidding dogs use play to gain a higher place in there pack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fedra View Post
    I actually do all those things that people and some trainers advise against Because i think their reason is plain stupid and unjustified I allow my dogs on couch, i allow my dogs go through door first when needed, I don't care whether I eat before or after them (and they don't either), I play tug-a-war and let them win and so many other things I can't remember. I've had dogs all my life and it was the same with all of them. It seems I do everything wrong but I have and have had well behaved and well mannered polite doggies
    It is far from stupid & I can bet you in a bad situation any dogs will trust & respond better to someone they see as a leader. If it works for you great but I think alot of you are not really getting the most out of your dogs. I bet these houses with no rules have a very stable top dog in their pack that ia actully keeping it all in order. I can also tell you if you tried to keep a pack of 8 or more working & breeding dogs it would be a mess. I am glad it works for you all but please if having any bahavour issues first thing cut out rough play & actully ask something of your dog that uses his mind.

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    I think my job just means I can't do things advised not to do. If that makes sense.
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    What is your job?

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    Vet nurse.
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    great job & ditto.......... Not anymore but in my younger years.......

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