Playing with Georgia

We spent another lovely, peaceful weekend with my in-laws and with the fast-growing baby Georgia!

Look how long her legs are now!

Playing with Georgia

These two continue to get on brilliantly. They romped and played all weekend long.

Playing with Georgia

Playing with Georgia

While there were a few moments in which Pyrrha would get annoyed with Georgia’s constant puppy antics, for the most part, she was very patient and gentle with her. It’s interesting to me how great she is with Georgia and how she wasn’t all that enthused with Laszlo. (I also wonder if this has something to do with the fact that Laszlo was all up in her space.)

Playing with Georgia

Update on Pyrrha’s leash reactivity:

We took the girls on several walks over the weekend. We passed a handful of dogs, and Pyrrha had two negative reactions. The first was at a golden retriever who barked and lunged at her, so she responded in kind. The second was at a pair of smaller dogs (looked like an American Eskimo and a JRT) and her reaction somewhat surprised me there, since the dogs didn’t seem very interested in her.

When walking her solo, however (apart from Georgia), she had no reactions to other dogs who passed her. Again, this leads me to believe that her aggressive reaction has something to do with either protectiveness (over Georgia) or boosted confidence (because of Georgia’s presence), leading her to put on a big show.

While I am thankful that she doesn’t display this behavior when being walked solo (she very happily and gently met a black lab puppy last night on our stroll), it is still something to be worked on, particularly as we may be getting our third foster soon. I hope to enlist Guion’s help with this and to apply some of the principles of LAT or BAT.

Playing with Georgia

Otherwise, we are expecting to have Georgia (and her humans) come visit us in mid-May, for Guion’s graduation from his graduate program. We are looking forward to it already!

Weekend recap (and behavior update)

Disgruntled, I

We spent our Easter (and my birthday) weekend at my parents’ house for a mini-family reunion. While I was too busy (or lazy?) to take photos, we did spend lots of time with Pyrrha, taking walks and observing her on-leash behavior.

Behavior Notes

  • She spent the majority of the weekend hanging out with her girlfriend Dublin, which was nice. The two of them get along well, as they always have. They’ll wrestle for a few minutes, perhaps fight over a toy or an old bone, and then go lounge in separate corners of the yard.
  • She had some GI issues over the weekend, which I won’t go into further, but I am beginning to think that our girl has a sensitive stomach. I’ve finally learned that she can’t handle rawhides or most chews. I want to try deer antlers, though, because I’ve heard those aren’t as upsetting. Do any of you have a dog with a sensitive stomach? Do you have any chews/bones that work for your dog? She LOVES chewing and she adores bones, so I hate to deprive her of them entirely, but they make her so sick.
  • Her on-leash reactivity was mostly OK. We walked her with Dublin (a confident, no-nonsense dog who isn’t rattled by anything) several times, and Pyrrha did not have any aggressive reactions to any dogs that we passed or encountered. This was encouraging. There was one moment, however, when she was on-leash by herself with me, and a leashed dog walked down the street. Pyrrha barked at this dog, but that was the only response.

All of your comments and advice have been immensely helpful. I am planning on re-reading Control Unleashed and trying LAT with her on our walks in the neighborhood. I think your suggestions that her aggressive display is a function of fear/trying to act tougher than she actually feels is accurate. Dublin’s presence on our walks suggests to me that Pyrrha felt “protected” by Dublin and thus no need to put on a show for other dogs; with baby Laszlo, however, I imagine she felt like she needed to guard him against other dogs, OR she felt more nervous and unsure about what to do with other dogs when she was with a puppy companion.

Anyway. More to come on this issue, I am sure. We are traveling AGAIN this weekend, this time to visit Georgia and my in-laws! So, more dog stories to come!