Moshe Posted December 23, 2018 Share Posted December 23, 2018 My wife professes to hate dogs, always has. I heard her letting out my GSD out of his night crate, "It's time for you to go outside you cute adorable-" I come around the corner and she stops midsentence, "-er, that I hate, time for you go outside." Busted she likes my dog after all. Now my daughter's 2.5 Rat Terrier puppy she will dote on, because he is a "baby". Both have interesting personalities. My GSD would rather play outside most of the day, but loves to come in and get his chest scratched. He'll come sit by me to get petted and loved on. He is only noisy outside. Inside, unless someone comes to the door he is very calm. Not the rat terrier he is pretty smart too. I always talk to my dogs with either/or questions, which they let me know. Do you want to go outside and eat and drink, or would you like to lay down. If my big boy lays down on the big carpet in the Living room, he is telling me he wants to chill. If he goes to the back door and does jumping circles, he is telling me his other preference. The rat terrier puppy that get's dotted on hates the flue, that both my wife and daughter play. I swear he howls "Noooooooo!" I took him to the other side of the house to keep him from being in pain. I swear one day he howled, "I hate yoouuuuu!" But, when the kids are away I am his main care giver. So, in huge pen inside where I started my GSD as a puppy. Mainly for his safety, as he is bite sized for the GSD, who wants to play with him like he is a big dog. I will feed and water him, and ask him if he wants "Out." So, like my GSD he learns words. Where he got "I hate you," I am not sure unless it was sibling rivalry. Anyway, I will go in there, and ask him if he wants out, and if he wants he will repeat "Ouuut." So, I let him out to romp all over the house and do what Rat Terriers do, go into tight spaces and pretending to kill rodents. I have to watch him as he often puts weird things in his mouth, just like my GSD did as a puppy. They get past that phase of having to sniff and taste things eventually, much like human toddlers. 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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