Chocko’s actually extremely similar to Knox with other dogs in the house. He sees them as friends and wants to cuddle, play, lick and romp around with them. There has never (knock on wood) been an issue with other dogs in the house (or Kittens for that matter). As a precaution, we keep toys and kongs and feedings separate, but since it’s near impossible to keep a 2nd dog in this house totally separated for more than a few hours, I’m thankful he’s so welcome to sharing his home. The one thing he doesn’t like to share is his mama- he’s quite the attention snob- so we easily fix that by not showing any attention to either dog while they are together, and that seems to work like magic. Chocko’s most pride possession is me (flattered, really), though I wish it wasn’t so. If I were to guess what he would resource guard, if push came to shove, it would certainly be me. So we just eliminate that (me giving physical attention to the dogs) completely.
So, the weekend in review: here’s a batch of un-edited, blurry, and fun snapshots of these two. I love interpreting the body language in some of these still frames; I could watch dogs interact all day if I had time. And I did for a while this weekend. I’m just amazed about how much they ‘say’ without words. What do you interpret these pictures to communicate?
They hit it off pretty well. Rudy came in a bit shy and intimidating by Chocko’s overzealous excitement. She certainly seemed more comfortable in the chair, above Chocko, though she learned to trust him pretty quickly. He was often seen on his back swatting at her face, giving her his best, “How could you resist this hot bod, sweet little lady”. Like I said, entertaining to say the least! I’d chalk up the weekend to a big ‘ol SUCCESS. And it made me love the Chockster just a teensy bit more. 🙂
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