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3.19.13 What Sofie Hears

19 Mar

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Last night the dogs and I went to bed around 10:00PM (22:00).  They went into their kennels, as usual on the other side of my bedroom, and I went to sleep.  I nodded off around 11:11, because I remember seeing the digital display on the TV.  The next thing I knew it was 11:26 and Sofie is whining and barking her head off.  I opened the kennels and let them both out in the back yard, at which point I heard the screeching of either a fox or a raccoon.  Sofie’s hearing is amazing.  I didn’t hear anything until I opened the door, but she was woken by the sound through the exterior wall, through the cover on the kennel.  When I got them back in and thanked them for making sure our home was safe, we all went back to bed.  Then about 4:30 AM she started the whine again, “Let me out and let me at it!”  This time, I ignored her and finally she quieted. (This is one of the reasons not to have your animals sleep in your bedroom, but I digress.)  I don’t want to discourage either of my dogs  from doing their job of protecting the house and family from intruders, but Sofie can hear a fox two towns away (OK, I am exaggerating, but only a little).  Her hearing sensitivity is much more acute than Louise or any other dog I have ever had.   At least I am assuming it is hearing and not smell.  Do I try to train her out of making any noise when she is in her kennel?  She only fusses when she either has to go to the bathroom or there is something like this going on outside the house.  She is a hyper-sound sensitive dog and I am trying to figure out how to instruct her when it is OK to bark and when it isn’t.  Or is this a losing battle?  

I definitely am losing the whine battle.  Check out an older post “Would You Like Some Cheese With That Whine” .   

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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19 responses to “3.19.13 What Sofie Hears

  1. Long Life Cats and Dogs

    March 19, 2013 at 05:38

    I’m sure you feel a lot safer having her protecting you, although I understand the frustration when it really isn’t anything to worry about, like a fox 2 towns away 😀

     
    • dogdaz

      March 19, 2013 at 07:04

      I know

       
  2. mythreemoggies

    March 19, 2013 at 07:57

    She sounds like a very good guard dog 🙂

     
    • dogdaz

      March 19, 2013 at 09:56

      She is.

       
  3. Vicki Flaherty

    March 19, 2013 at 08:37

    My only advice is to do what feels right to you. Sophie will help you know what’s best! 🙂 Your posts are always so sweet even when you have a challenge. Thanks!

     
    • dogdaz

      March 19, 2013 at 09:56

      Thanks Vicki. Tuning into the gut with animals is always the true challenge. As the pack leader, I need to not stifle their natural selves while maintaining a safe and happy household. All of us will be thrown out into the ‘dog house’ if this happens to often. LOL

       
  4. barkandchatter

    March 19, 2013 at 08:46

    That’s a good question! I always think it’s a bit sad when we train dogs to ignore their natural instincts ( like barking and free-ranging) but in the interest of public safety and sleep, sometimes it’s the right thing to do!

     
    • dogdaz

      March 19, 2013 at 09:54

      I am torn. I have them trained to stop barking when I say ‘that’s enough,’ however, when we are all asleep, it does not stop the wake up call.

       
  5. themisadventuresofmisaki

    March 19, 2013 at 08:57

    Oh bless her trying to protect you:-)

     
    • dogdaz

      March 19, 2013 at 09:52

      Well, I figure that is what all the fuss is about. Or is that too human of me?

       
  6. Jessica

    March 19, 2013 at 13:38

    Miss Sofie is like a superhero with her hypersensitive hearing!! Taylor is quite the barker/whiner herself…but only at home, which is interesting…never during walks nor during visits to other people’s homes. Is Sofie like this only at home as well?

     
    • dogdaz

      March 19, 2013 at 15:58

      She is most whiny at home, though she does bark in the street.

       
      • Jessica

        March 19, 2013 at 21:13

        Aren’t they? I’m so jealous of their parents’ creativity! 🙂

         
  7. speedyrabbit

    March 19, 2013 at 14:12

    super hero hearing

     
    • dogdaz

      March 19, 2013 at 15:57

      Thanks Speedy – very true – I am SUPERDOG!

       
  8. Genevieve Petrillo

    March 19, 2013 at 14:35

    Good work, Sofie! Somebody has to watch (listen to) the house while the humans are in dreamland!

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

     
    • dogdaz

      March 19, 2013 at 15:57

      Thanks Cupcake. I think so – Sofie

       
  9. Savannah's Paw Tracks

    March 21, 2013 at 18:47

    hmmm…barking dog versus yowling guard cat….yup, Mom says she’s gonna go with the barking dog rather than the yowling guard cat…looks over shoulder…What?..you mean “MOI!”…ahhh…I guess I was pretty aggressive when that raccoon was on my patio…sorry Mom

     
    • dogdaz

      March 21, 2013 at 22:12

      We get clicking cats. They make this clicky noise to get at the birds. Meow Out Loud

       
 
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