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Gillian
15th December 2006, 10:39 AM
Just wondering if anyone knows what this means.
Abby, who is usuallyQuite a bully and always gets the bone etc. If you know what I mean. Was yesterday lying in fron of Molly, her cousin, watching her chew her,Abbys, bone and once in a while she would put her paw on it and Molly would pull it away and she would back off and just lie there.
It was quite funny actually as this went on for about 1/2 hour.
Now Molly is my sons dog and they were visiting us.

ppotterfield
15th December 2006, 03:56 PM
I say it means Abby is a very good hostess! :D Seriously, my Clumber Spaniel, who weighs 62 lbs. will do the same thing with Buddy, our Cavalier, who weighs 21 lbs. If Buddy has her bone or ball she will approach Buddy to see if he will give it up willingly but she will not aggressively "steal" it from him. Now if Bubby gives her an opening Hadley will take it in a flash !! If Hadley has something Buddy wants he just sits and stares at her or, if he is really desperate, comes over to me and paws as if to say please take it from her for me. This is behaviour they have worked out between themselves. When they were younger there was much stealing or efforts at stealing, particularly by Buddy from Hadley. (Buddy is six months younger than Hadley, and came to us at six months just after Hadley's first birthday.) Not sure what this all means as far as "alpha dog" is concerned but we consider it relatively good manners, all things considered, in our house.

Gillian
15th December 2006, 09:28 PM
Thanks for reply.Sounds like a good reason to me. Its just a bit out of character for Abby. As she was the bully.
I like it like this. Maybe they are growing up too as now they are both 7 months old. Molly is almost 8 months.

Lisa_T
16th December 2006, 02:27 AM
Amber does something like this with Holly- most of the time just takes it, but occasionally (normally when Holly's just given her a ticking off) Amber will sit, wait and watch for some indication that she won't be growled at and pounced on if she dares to swipe whatever it is. Seven times out of the ten times Amber tries it on, she succeeds- except when Holly either really wants the item, or can't be bothered with the blimmin' little nuisance. :lol: :lol: :lol: