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Disturbing things about Rainier

There are two things that really disturb me about Rainier.  

First, he obviously has no clue what "fetch" is. Ada and I play a variation of fetch that I like to call "fetch-tug".  I throw something, she brings it back, and then she want so play tug rather than give it back.  Probably not the healthiest habit to get her into, but she seems to enjoy it and the whole "drop it" thing just wasn't coming.  I'm assuming it's a maturity thing.  However, when we play this in front of Rainier, he seems to have no clue what the whole thing is about.  He just stands there and looks at us like, "What the hell is wrong with you two?"  I tried playing fetch with a rawhide.  He picked it up and brought it back but really didn't want to let go of it.  The second time, he didn't bring it back...went someplace else with it.

Second, belly rubs make him nervous.  I'm getting him to lie down and so I can rub his back.  Tonight, I nudged him over on his side, and started rubbing his belly.  When I do this with Ada, she gets SO happy and rolls completely on her back.  Rainier looked very nervous the whole time.  I think he took it as my attempt at dominance.  He never rolled onto his back and wouldn't look at me.  I think it must've felt pretty good (especially with the rash on his belly) or he wouldn't have let me do it.  He was definitely nervous the whole time, though.

Other interesting things: he let Ada jump on him, so I'm not sure if he's going to start backing down on being dominant.  She likes to go up and put her head on his neck.  It's very cute, but I'm sure it's a dominance play.  

I brought him for an evaluation at a doggy day care/boarding kennel, and he did great.  We have a trip planned soon, so he'll be able to stay at the kennel.  (Ada will have to stay with a friend since she's not fixed.  You can't fix dogs while you're showing them.)

I think Rainier is definitely younger, probably 5 or 6.  He's run a couple short bursts, but definitely seems reluctant to do much more than that.  Also, he tried to jump on me a couple times.  One was first thing after I let him out of the kennel this morning and then when I got home from work tonight.  I think it was excitement.  While I don't like being jumped on, I am happy that this means he's getting some energy back.  Also, his digestive issues seem to have settled down, and I'm transitioning him from the rice goop I made onto some Purina.  I decided I am going to put him on Acana after that simply because it'll be easier for me not having to do separate food for the dogs.  We gave the dogs bones tonight, so I hope that'll help his teeth...but I am worried it might bug his tummy again.

He's definitely coming out of his shell, but it's also apparent he needs more training.  I tried to do some training with him, and Ada came over and started showing him up.  I started having both of them execute commands, hoping he'd follow her lead.  Not sure how well that will work.  But I have to admit that doing that showed me how well trained she really is...she's just terribly impulsive yet.  I really wish we could get Rainier to lay down and stay while we're eating dinner.  His head is easily above table level, and this  makes it hard to block him...not an issue we have with Ada.

Anyway, the more I see of him, the more I wish he could talk and tell me what was going on.  The belly rub thing really got to me...

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Jul. 13th, 2012 04:48 am (UTC)
Makes me wonder what happened to him before you got him. He really does sound like a good dog though. Smart too.
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