Whole Dog Journal's Blog July 21, 2012

Unfair to dogs!

Posted at 02:54PM - Comments: (4)

Otto has to coexist peacefully with chickens, foster dogs, and even adolescent CATS. You can tell from his expression he's not always thrilled about the terms, but he honors the contract nonetheless.

What are your dog's "adverse working conditions"?  


Comments (4)

My 4 month old German Shorthair Stella is learning to live a life with 4 other dogs aged 5-11, 6 cats, 5 chickens, a pony, 3 horses, and 2 goats! She is learning to calmly accept (with help at this point) dogs that come to our boarding kennel, and families who come for lessons with their dogs. She is starting to realize that some dogs want to play, and others do not, and need to be ignored. Coming when called is not an option and will always be rewarded with something wonderful. I use prevention and distraction, and the command "Leave it" is saved for the big stuff, then always followed with a reason to reward. And people wonder why she is so calm....

Posted by: Stacy T | July 25, 2012 6:25 AM    Report this comment

I have 4 dogs and 4 cats, a canary, a turtle and 2 ponies. The dogs and cats are very comfortable together, playing and hanging out with each other. They even hang out with the ponies down at the barn. The ponies are always careful not to step on anyone.The attitude in our home is "all are welcome". Everyone is secure with each other and know they are loved and respected so "what's one more". :)

Posted by: Lisa G | July 24, 2012 12:56 PM    Report this comment

My 2 dogs have to co-exist peacefully with 2 cats and 2 parrots, even tolerating cockatoo screaming. The birds on the other hand, seem to resent the canine invasion--they ask multiple times throughout the day "do you want to go outside?" I have no doubt that if they could open the door, the dogs would be history lol!

Posted by: Tina E | July 24, 2012 11:41 AM    Report this comment

My 50 lb dog, Bryn, has to tolerate the company of several cats. Although Bryn sometimes asks me to "go outside" and all she really wants is for me to stand up so the cats will scatter and then she can get in my lap, Bryn has no trouble with the cats piling back on both of us. Angel washes Bryn's ears -- sometimes burying her head in them completely. Katzarina washes Bryn's face. Jadzia likes to play with Bryn's wagging tail. All like to snuggle with Bryn even when she's not in my lap. If Bryn gets too warm or crowded, she simply leaves and finds another spot.

Posted by: ANN S | July 24, 2012 11:32 AM    Report this comment

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