DOG HAS THE RIGHT TO WEAKNESS. HOW MUCH?
Dogs have their bad habits, and even the most educated dog can not sometimes hold out so as not to pick up a bone in a container or roll out in rotten stuff. From the point of view of the dog, everything is normal and natural: why would she pass by nutritious and tasty (in her opinion) products or would she deny herself the pleasure of trying exclusive perfumes? She does not realize that she can poison herself or that the smell of rotten meat is disgusting to us (as the aroma of our perfumes is disgusting)
For many years I have fought with dogs in vain, trying to wean them off collecting garbage. My fear was completely justified, because my Bianca died precisely because of poisoning with rat poison. But no punishment, no sophisticated techniques helped: the dogs still picked up tasty pieces. The only thing I achieved was picking up the dregs in secret, and they did it so refined that I could almost never catch them red-handed. Perhaps, having one dog, it would be easier to keep track of her, but it is simply impossible to keep track of the crowd of dogs. Moreover, their greed is spurred on by the presence of competition: if I don’t take it, it’s taken and eaten. Since in the conditions of the city the “harvest” of refuse is stable and rich, we did not stand and surrendered. No nerves will not suffice-to brawl because of each crust or herring skins.
We stocked up with activated carbon pills and compromised. As part of the experiment, we decided to close our eyes to the illegal fishing of our dogs. At least partially. For example, do not prohibit dogs from picking up a loaf dropped by someone at a store or devouring pork skin pruning placed in containers. But you never know what delicacies dog will not find on the streets. They strongly forbade dogs to eat only obviously suspicious things, as well as rotten stuff and excreta. In the end, what are we losing? With or without our permission, dogs regularly consumed street desserts.
As we thought, the end of the world has not come. We stopped being nervous and constantly “pulling” dogs. We pretended that we did not see poaching, but they pretended that they did not poach. In those cases when we still forbade dogs to take anything, they surprisingly obeyed and refused to illegal prey. However, why “surprisingly”? After all, people do the same: if a part of their income is confiscated from them, they grumble discontentedly, but submit. But if they take away everything, they revolt and try to harbor revenues.
FAILURES AND INCIDENTS.
Where is the devil, that need to intervene? Dogs adapt to our rules and choose a pattern of behavior so as to avoid conflict with us. But if we do not designate the boundaries of the permissible, they themselves will set the boundaries differently. A dog is a traitor, a different species with different norms of behavior.
We did not interfere in the process of walking until the actions of the dogs threatened them or others. Between themselves, within the pack, the dogs, as a rule, solved conflicts on their own. Small dogs (Cocker) were in conflict with each other much more often, but their conflicts were, in fact, harmless: the case always ended in a cry, a splash of saliva and, in extreme cases, flying wool.
Conflicts between large dogs occurred much less frequently. But the consequences were more serious — bitten ears, legs, holey heads. It all started quite often the game, but it happened that the harsh game turned into a skirmish and the ladies (as a rule they were ladies) ended up with bruises and a spoiled hairdo. Intervention was required only in the event of a conflict between Frank and Mark, my second male dog, the Troweiler. In fact, the problem was that Frank disliked Mark from the very beginning and from time to time to tear on him irritation. This did not happen often, once every few months, but then a brutal attack would follow without any important visible reason and without our intervention, Mark would have been badly crippled. Interestingly, against Bernese Mountain Dog Rezkobobel, Frank did not have anything and never attacked him.
More problematic was the aggression against other dogs. Wolves do not tolerate strangers on their territory and drive them out – and, if possible, ruthlessly kill them. Therefore, a pack of dogs, bypassing regular routes, tends to be aggressive towards unfamiliar dogs. Unlike wolves, dogs easily took in a flock of newbies. It was enough to have a short familiarization procedure and a new dog (or group of dogs) joined us for a walk as allies. They will accept or not accept a novice, to a large extent depends on his behavior, but even more, on the reaction of the leader and foremen of the pack. Therefore, we took on the role of leader and foremen, defining relationships with counter dogs.
Gradually, our dogs have developed their own scheme of relationships to unfamiliar dogs. An adversary and strongly aggressive reaction was shown on stray dogs without a division of sex and age. If they were allowed, stray dogs would be killed without pity. Aggressively adjusted domestic dogs were also met with aggression.