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Black and White Sunday: Side Eye

You know the look. When your dog gives you that ‘side eye.’ Looking at you like ‘what could you be thinking, human?’ or ‘you want me to do what?’ Hahahahaha. Charles is the master of the look. Maybe it’s a PomChi thing.

Have a great Black and White Sunday.

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Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2017 in Dogs

 

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Monday Mischief: Resource Guarding & A Good Chew

Charles loves a good chew. Every night I gather up all the dog toys and put them in the toy basket and every day he takes them out one by one. He is very partial to anything that Louise prefers. I think it is important for all dogs to have time each day for a good toy chew. Charles’ daily gathering of soft toys to chew on isn’t a problem but marrow bones, antlers, nylon bones, high-value treats, and of course, dinner, needs to be carefully orchestrated or things get snappy and dangerous very fast. Keeping the peace when you have multiple animals and multiple resources guarders* is a challenge.

*”Resource guarding refers to a dog displaying behavior (growling, snapping, etc.) intended to convince other dogs or humans to stay away from a particular treasure or “resource.”  The resource can be food, treats, toys, a place (a bed or favorite chair), or occasionally a person.  Basically, a resource is anything that is considered by the dog to be of high value.” –YourDogsFriend

Separation is the key with 7 animals. The cats and dogs have always been separated at the zoo when it comes to where they eat but now it is more important than ever. Sofie charges cats near her toys or food, but it never got dangerous until Charles came. The cats usually just laughed at Sofie and jumped up on the counter where they eat. Since Charles and Sofie get into scary dogs fights over resources the cat charging has escalated. This is a concern and something I am dealing with.

Louise has no problem around food or other resources (she’s so easygoing in the house). And, in almost 7 years together, Louise and Sofie never fought over food, toys, or bones (though Sofie has been known to stare/whine at Louise until she gives up just to shut Sofie up). I can pick up the food bowl while they are eating or take any toy or bone from them without any trouble. I trained them this way since they were puppies. But Charles is new here (and almost 9 years old) and he came with some bad habits so now dog separation is a must.

Both Sofie and Charles have resource guarding issues. Sofie has attacked him several times around dinner or treat time, even before I started preparing anything. I think she starts it, but he won’t back down either and fur flies.

My answer – keep as much distance between them when food or treats are involved.

Charles only gets his meals and his snacks in his exercise pen. He is not allowed out until the other animals finish eating or having their treats. Charles has charged the cats from the other side of the room, especially if a human is eating and he is in proximity. I now have strict rules about feeding him outside of his pen because he is just too unpredictable.

As I said, separation is the key around here. As long as there is space, gates, and doors, everyone can have a good chew.

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2017 in Dogs

 

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Black and White Sunday: Small Pleasures.

Charles is a happy sort. He really is enjoying that Mom has to work lying down, so he gets to snuggle up close and help her type. Small pleasures.

Happy Sunday.

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Posted by on May 21, 2017 in Dogs

 

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Wordless Wednesday: Charles, 4 Months & Forever

Charles has been at the Zoo for 4 months now. You would think he’s been here his whole 8 1/2 years. He has made it clear that he is home and we are committed to being there for him for the rest of his days. Charles had at least 4 different homes in his life and has a bite history. He definitely suffers from ‘little dog’ syndrome. I am wondering, however, if he might have trouble seeing (I notice cataracts) and could that be driving some of his ‘nippy’ behavior? He is teaching all of us ‘little dog’ ways and we are teaching him how to run with the pack. He makes us all smile (well, except maybe Sofie, who thinks he is a pest). I never really thought about adding a small dog to the pack, that level was reserved for cats, but Charlie is definitely growing on me.

 Happy Wednesday!

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Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2017 in Dogs

 

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Wordless Wednesday: Sing Along With Charlie

If you’re handsome and you know it, clap your paws.

If you’re handsome and you know it, clap your paws.

 If you’re handsome and you know it and you really want to show it…

If you’re handsome and you know it, clap your paws.

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Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2017 in Dogs

 

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Black and White Sunday: No Followers

I have 3 leaders and no followers. Well, I guess Mom is the follower. Maybe if I got a sled they would actually take me somewhere but knowing Sofie and Charles they would jump on and make Louise do all the work. Walking this trio is a blast. I use different colored leashes so that I can tell who’s where without having to look at the dog. Truthfully, I always know where Charles is, since his leash weighs about 1 ounce. Bark Out Loud. Have a colorful Sunday!

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Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2017 in Dogs

 

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Monday Mischief: KneeSpooning

Charles is a big knee-spooner. He gets in the turn of your knees and hangs on for dear life. It doesn’t matter if Mini Cooper or Nine wants the spot. The knees are his. Sometimes I do find Mini and Charles cuddling at the foot of the bed, so he obviously does move at some point.

Do you have a favorite spot on the bed?

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2017 in Dogs

 

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