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I've really enjoyed this thread . Lots of interesting points and observations.

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Your comments are making me watch the interactions between our two more closely! It's fascinating, the small things they do that we humans don't usually notice. We have a size disparity as well (toy poodle - golden retriever). We have always known that the poodle is the king of the pack, but it's interesting to see the subtle ways in which he asserts his self-perceived superiority!

I have several books in my dog library on dog communication. HOW TO SPEAK DOG by Stanley Coren is one of them. I read it and looked for these signals. I missed nearly all of them. However observing Thor and Riley has made me very aware of how subtle (to us) these signals are. The quickness may just be unique to these dogs but I don't think so. I now recognize many of the signals that I formerly missed.

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I was thinking about this thread this morning. Rukie is very responsive to the pointed eye signals. He is supposed to be on his bed when we are eating. If he is at the chair we have to verbally tell him several times to go to his spot but if I pointed look at the food and then look over to his spot, he goes instantly. I also see him trying to pointedly signal me by looking at the plate and then looking at me. It always amazes me how well the eye communication works and I wonder if it also happens dog to dog. Any idea?


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Can't remember where I read it but I did read somewhere that dogs respond to eye signals.
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I first heard of it on some documentary about dogs on Netflix a few years ago. When I started watching, I noticed my Bichon was doing it. She would look at me then look at what she wanted (could be the back door to go out or a toy or food). Then I started signaling Rukie with my eyes. Now that you are thinking about it, you can let us know if you ever observe the two dogs doing it. I never thought to see if it happened between Eva and Rukie.


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I definitely will keep an eye out for it.

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BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION---TRAVELING IN THE CRATE


Riley has no problem entering the crate. In fact he is crate conditioned. He spends some time in his crate at home. However getting into the crate in my pickup truck is a different story. He goes up the ramp, enters the crate but comes out again.



The issues:
1. He needs to be conditioned to stay in the crate.
2. He needs to be conditioned to ride in the crate
3. His first experience wasn't good. A toe got trapped in the wire crate and he cried out in pain until I was able to release him. I have since covered some areas with duct tape.




My plan includes conditioning him to be in a crate in a covered pickup truck, then take a short ride, then gradually extend to longer rides

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I was thinking about this thread this morning. Rukie is very responsive to the pointed eye signals. He is supposed to be on his bed when we are eating. If he is at the chair we have to verbally tell him several times to go to his spot but if I pointed look at the food and then look over to his spot, he goes instantly. I also see him trying to pointedly signal me by looking at the plate and then looking at me. It always amazes me how well the eye communication works and I wonder if it also happens dog to dog. Any idea?
Lincoln, who passed this August, would respond with just a look. When our adult daughter and son would come to visit, they would spoil him by allowing him up on the couch (which we never did) to cuddle. As soon as I came into the room, saw him on the couch all I had to do was give Lincoln a look (the..Ēyou are not supposed to be up thereĒ look) and he would jump down.

When I want Bear, 14 mos old, to come in the house after a long game of fetch, Iíll call him in. He looks at me...hesitates hoping Iíll throw the ball one more time. Heíll run around like mad, stops and looks at me again. All I have to do is put my hands on my hips and look at him. He instantly runs in the house. They are so smart and can easily read body language but then again, I can read thereís too.
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RESOURCE GUARDING---ALL DOGS RESOURCE GUARD


From Erika Liebermann: "All dogs resource guard if we find something they designate as a resource. Dogs will protect their resources, it is a natural behavior."


A dog can consider a person as a resource. Since I had developed quite a relationship with Riley without the presence of Thor, Riley considered me as his resource. The day I introduced him to Thor, the boys had some play. At one point I was sitting on the couch and Riley came to me and put both paws on me. I pet him while he did this. Thor came up on Riley's right side to see me and Riley gave a low growl. Thor backed up and came around to Riley's left side to see me and Riley growled again. Thor then just backed off. Interesting---I was a resource and Riley let Thor know. There was another similar interaction but this time I let them know that I am not a resource that needs to be guarded. I am no longer a guarded resource.
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