Sometimes It Takes Two

Two dogs on the doorstep.

PixiePixie is one of my grand dogs. She is an American Dingo rescued by my daughter over two years ago. My definition of of this American Dingo is a dog with extreme enthusiasm! At first we attributed her running crop circles around the yard, her intense, endless staring at shining objects and her ability to entertain herself with a tennis ball for hours was due to her previous life. Regardless of her history, we have attempted a multitude of behavior strategies to tone her down a notch. Some of the interventions we have tried:

1. Giving her a job. She wears a weighted backpack.
2. Vibration collars. It works most of the time to stop barking.
3. Thunder coats.
4. Removing any shiny objects.
5. Calming collars.
6. Walking or running her 2 to 10 miles per day.
7. Tons of positive reinforcement including treats.
8. Lots of loves when she is doing what we want her to do.

Baileys-visit-Yesterday, a new intervention walked into the house. Her name is Bailey. Bailey is a four year old Cocker Spaniel mix that is visiting while her parents are away. Pixie was immediately attracted to her. Pixie showed her how to run around the crop circles, bark at all moving objects, shred innocent toys, wrestle, get treats, and nap. They were BFF’s forever. Pixie needed somedog to play with. Bailey is the intervention that worked.

If people were to ask me if having two dogs are better than one. Do flowers need rain?
Sometimes, two dogs are better than one.

 

 

 

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Cheryl Wilson

Cheryl Wilson created Why We Wag in 2012 as her result of her lifelong love of dogs. After 22 years in the Educational sector, Cheryl utilizes her expertise as an award winning educator, to educate dog lovers, along with offering supplies that support a healthy, meaningful relationship with canines. Residing in Utah, Cheryl is celebrating her 5th generation with dogs and now her first generation of grand-dogs.