deliriumtree wrote:Exactly CJ!Emafer wrote:I guess most people just say, "Cute! I want a dog!" and then get it and feed it crap and don't learn anything about it. In my opinion that is irresponsible but what do I know. Millions of people own dogs.
You've got it about nailed there! People who do their research like you, Em, are unfortunately rare. (We love dog owners like you, though!)
deliriumtree wrote:Yup! Bichons are only white. If it's not white... it's probably a poodle! I'm never sure if they get the idea from a breeder or if it's just some weird thing in their head. I did have a guy once complain no one could style his "maltese" correctly, no one could get it's coat straight and silky. The reason for that? That dog was a poodle. But, the breeder said... he kept saying. He ended up leaving mad.
Like CJ says there are people who will pay for "rare" even though rare turns out be a sham. (Right as well on the teacup dogs.) There's money in disinformation I guess.
Nancy wrote:My mouth was agape when a report about this came on Inside Edition tonight:
I'm just shaking my head - what do you all think?
Emafer wrote:OK, so Jackson was over at the house with me today and I think that we have determined that a good deal of Toby's aggression toward him is only when Amber is around. I think that maybe Toby is trying to protect Amber from Jackson.
When Amber wasn't there Toby gently took treats out of Jackson's hand and only barked at him once. We did pretty good. Then later on Toby came into the room and went up to Jackson and was calm and sniffed his hand and then sat when Jackson told him to sit. And was fine sitting close by while Jackson played.
Later on, after Amber got home, Toby went for Jackson and we had to put him out of the way or Toby might have nipped him. Then every time Jackson would make a move Toby was on his feet barking. We don't want Toby to feel like he has to back away or can't be in the room we just want him to learn to play and interact with Jackson nicely.
So I think that Jackson giving him treats has been good but it's really when Amber is around that Oby get's really bad. hmmmm
Nancy wrote:I agree with jillbean - at this point, the dog thinks they're littermates, and associating the little one with his Mom all the time will change his perception. Soon Jackson will also be considered a leader if the suggested methods are employed consistently. It's most important to practice these principles daily, not just once in awhile.
Her suggestion of consulting a dog trainer is a good one. But remember, it won't happen overnight - patience, patience, patience!
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