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Dog Sitting This Weekend

Well, I got a call from my youngest son about dog setting for my grand pup Bugsy on Friday night. And of course, I said, bring him our way since hubby and I were not going anywhere.

My son and his wife dropped Bugsy off on Friday night than took off on Saturday morning. What were they doing? They decided they needed another dog to keep Bugsy company. My only concern was that I just don't know if I can continue to take care of his dogs since hubby and I have a dog.

Bugsy and Tabby get along fine, but it was like pulling teeth to get Tabby to relent on her dominance kick. And, now they have another chug that is a female. Well, when they bought the new chug to the house, the new pup got along fine with Bugsy right away. Well, I should say, she did try to nip at Bugsy but they corrected the female.

But the new female and Tabby (sigh), did some growling and bearing teeth. Both want to be the Queen dog and rule the roost. Not going to happen. I would like to somehow figure out a way to make them realize that my daughter-in-law or/and I are the Queens of the place. I'm afraid it will take time.

I'm sure hoping we can get the two females to resolve their differences and get along. I would hate not being able to not see Bugsy, I love the little fella, and it would just break my heart if I couldn't be around him once in a while.

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inertia4 wrote on May 4, 2015, 3:58 PM

rosepetal Nice, dog sitting. Nice!!! Well, I know the females are usually more dominant within the pack. But I am sure they will all adjust.

MegL wrote on May 4, 2015, 4:53 PM

Hmm, keep the dogs low down, no sitting on sofas and they will learn their place in the pack!

Kasman wrote on May 4, 2015, 5:18 PM

Women, huh! Always want to rule the roost! emoticon :smile:

wolfgirl569 wrote on May 4, 2015, 9:54 PM

It takes time and more so with females. I know I have a houseful, have had up to 5 together at a time. Dont be afraid to snatch them by the back of the neck and growl right at them if it starts to go to far. That is what a pack leader would do. Hold them down and threaten first

rosepetal wrote on May 5, 2015, 12:40 PM

I hope so. It seems that Tabby was staging her dominant position. But I definitely don't want an all out brawl between the two. I guess hubby and I will have to do the same thing that we did with Tabby and Bugsy.

rosepetal wrote on May 5, 2015, 12:41 PM

Okay, I'll do that. That may just help in showing pack order.

rosepetal wrote on May 5, 2015, 12:43 PM

Yeah, in the case of dogs that seems to be the case. :)

rosepetal wrote on May 5, 2015, 12:45 PM

Now that is very constructive for me. Since you have had 5 dogs than you definitely know what to do. I will give that a try.

wolfgirl569 wrote on May 5, 2015, 8:43 PM

It can be scary at first but females have a very set dominance pattern. If you are not at the top they will know it. At one time between keeping my daughters dogs and my own 4 I had 6 females in the house. But only count 5 as one of mine was still a puppy. It got trying the first day but then her 2 learned I meant it also. But as long as it is minor growling I ignore a lot of that. Until one or another stands up or raises fur

inertia4 wrote on May 5, 2015, 9:24 PM

rosepetal They are exploring their territory also. Some will mark their area as well. I think once they spend enough time together they will adjust.

rosepetal wrote on May 7, 2015, 11:08 AM

Thanks for the advice. I really appreciate it. Now I know what I need to do the next time my son is here with his dogs. I have to admit Tabby can be a snot. When the young female was here for the one day, we had to keep Tabby outside. She kept posturing herself and I had to keep getting her to refocus. She does know that I'm the pack leader. But again, she can be stubborn.

rosepetal wrote on May 7, 2015, 11:49 AM

I'm hoping that is the case. I guess nothing can be easy right.

wolfgirl569 wrote on May 7, 2015, 3:11 PM

Bambi is my worst as she is second in line only to me here. And also very jealous of me petting a strange dog. But over the years I have gotten her to where a quick ackkk will usually stop her. But she will still test when a strange dog comes in here

inertia4 wrote on May 7, 2015, 9:08 PM

rosepetal If everything were easy we would probably get bores real fast.

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 16, 2015, 12:22 AM

I hope the dog sitting went well. My parents dog sat my sister and her husband's dog when they went on vacation. They always liked that dog. That dog finally died around age 19 or 20, it lived a long life.