Pup links!

Chihuahua mix on the bed. Source: SF Girl by Bay

Two little Pyrrha stories from today:

Story One: On our  morning walk, we met a man and his super-handsome, studly 18-month-old German shepherd (big ol’ head, definitely from European lines), Zuma. Pyrrha might not be a breed-ist after all, because she was terrified of him. He was very friendly and gregarious, but her tail was tucked and her lips were curled back in a snarl… and YET. She kept rushing up to him to sniff him. What is that about?? She was very interested in him and didn’t want to walk away from him… but her posture and facial expression was one of utter terror/fear aggression. What does this mean? How do I combat it?

Story Two: After I walked out the door to go to work, I had to come back in a few seconds later, to give my husband his keys. Normally, when I leave for work in the morning, Pyrrha watches from the window with a tight (I read it as sad) expression. However, when I unexpectedly walked back in the door this morning, she was OVERJOYED to see me. Actually jumped in the air toward me! (Never seen that before.) Wiggling and wagging all over the place, totally ecstatic that I was “back” from work after 10 seconds… Made it really, really hard to get back in that car. I do love our special-needs shy dog; she keeps the emphasis on the special.

Dog-related links from around the Web this past week:

The Power of a Walk. My thoughts exactly, Kristine! I was feeling this way so much this morning, about how calming and centering it was to begin my day outdoors with my dog at my side. (Rescued Insanity)

Exposing a Shy Dog to New Experiences. Now there’s an inventive socialization endeavor: Kayaking! I really have no idea how Pyrrha would react to that… Looks like it went well for Pager, though! (Peaceful Dog)

Dogs in Need of Space. A helpful poster for “DINOS.” I feel like we’ve all kind of been there with shy dogs before… If only more people could see this! (Will My Dog Hate Me?)

A Poppy Weekend. A recap of a weekend exposing Sage to a toddler. This sounds like a good idea. Pyrrha is OK with older children, but toddlers make her very nervous. How did you expose your shy dog to very young kids in a safe, controlled way? (The Misadventures of Sage)

Learning to “Speak Dog”: Why You Should Care about Understanding Your Dog. I loved this post, because it felt like a recap of everything I learned and read in this past year. A helpful, easy-to-read synopsis of why it matters that we understand our canine companions. (Tails from the Lab)

Dog Camping Heaven in Upstate New York. Um, can we go NOW? This looks incredible. Have you ever taken your dog to a place like this? (Go Pet Friendly)

Able Mabel, Revisited. These photos of this fit, healthy bulldog are so encouraging to me. Now this is what bulldogs should be able to do! Run around and play and breathe naturally. (Pedigree Dogs Exposed)

Fresh Dog. This sounds like an interesting product: Dry shampoo for dogs. Especially intriguing since Pyrrha detests baths… Do you think it would work? I’m intrigued. (Pretty Fluffy)

Wacky for Watermelon. These photos crack me up. And I tried it today with Pyrrha, too! She may not have Pixel’s level of obsession with watermelon, but she was definitely very fond of it–especially since our temperatures soared to 97 F today. (Many Muddy Paws)

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6 thoughts on “Pup links!

  1. Thank you for including our Learning to Speak Dog series in your Pup Links! It was a really lovely surprise since we enjoy your writings about Pyrrha. Hope you’ll follow the rest of the series 🙂

  2. Glen Highland Farm is actually somewhat close to me. I’ve never gone there, however; their prices for those sleepaway camps are far more that I’m willing to shell out!

  3. Thanks for linking Sage’s experience with little Poppy, who came to visit last weekend. Sage, too, is pretty shy around children, so I’ve been exposing her as much as I can. Little by little. And it’s paid off. She was so good with Poppy. Always wanted to be nearby, and even got used to Poppy’s learning how to use her vocal cords (loudly). I think Sage realized she was part of the family pack. Of course, we were always right there to ensure the experience for both was positive.

  4. Story one: Prryha’s reaction shows that she testing the waters. She’s just being cautious. and is on the right track. I would let her proceed at her pace.

    Story Two: BJ does exactly the same thing. He also jumps up and down. his tail going a mile a minute and he sticks like velcro. I feel guilty when I leave again. It costs me a Greenie, his favorite treat. He grabs it and as he begins to eat it, I escape.

    There are times I choose not to go back because it upsets him so much.

  5. I love the DINOS movement – maybe it’s a little drastic to call it a “movement”, but I am flabbergasted at how many people out there don’t understand that not every dog wants to be their best friend.

    Also, I love the bulldog post – we had a super active and healthy english bulldog that would come to daycare, and I just loved how she could breathe easily and move around with ease. People are so used to the typical bulldog that my co-workers all thought she was “ugly” – so sad. She was happy and healthy and awesome!

  6. I read about Glen Highland Farm with total envy! I would love to go there, but it’s pretty far from us. We do a lot of hiking when we can, but it usually doesn’t involve camping.

    I think our dogs take a lot of cues from us. If you’re relaxed around new dogs, she’s more likely to be, but then again, Shepherds are always on vigilant mode. She may have wanted to play with Zuma but felt like he was a little too much for her, too. Morgan used to play with Kuster when he was little and she was a fantastic nanny, but now that he’s bigger, he’s a little too rough for her and she goes back and forth between wanting to play with him and needing space. We let her set the pace and when he gets too much for her, he goes on the leash or in the crate.

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