April 23, 2010

White Dog has come to take her responsibility to teach Quinn "proper" behavior very seriously. Quinn listens, watches, learns from her example and direction. It has been amazing to observe this exchange and to see its success. Quinn now routinely sits for treats and knows to take hand held offerings gently...these are entirely due to White Dog's mentoring.

On the other hand, White Dog sometimes does not know when to stop bossing, when to not add her voice to a lesson being learned. This confuses the Other White Dog and irritates the Alpha (me) no end!

This afternoon, for example, Quinn was snuffling around and could not resist a little longer sniff on a little longer stretch of the neck toward my turkey wrap lunch. "Quinn Marie," I reminded him and heard an echoing "Grrrr," from White Dog as she turned to give him the eye. Other White Dog nosed the tray again and I pushed his face away with a "Momma said NO!" Which was followed by White Dog's barking reprimand as she hopped off the couch and came to stand next to me (virtual hands on hips). Quinn looked at the turkey, then at White Dog, finally at me, shrugged and went off to find solace in his kibble bowl. "I could have handled it, you know," I said to White Dog, who harrumphed and went back to her nap.


Prinnie and Digby said...

Ha Siku - you KNOW they can't teach the pretend white dogs as good as we can!! After all, we ARE the masters of our keepers! We just have to put on our cutest, saddest little face and they melt. As for those other furry siblings - ugh! I think we should create a "other siblings" room and ban them all to it - what do you think??? (Except Digby - he can be our bouncer!!)

Your BFF

Ginger Jasper said...

I think someone was just wanting to be the boss. LOL.. I am smiling at the tought of hands on hips.. Hugs GJ xx

Hansel said...

Siku you did very well telling you brother the ways of the world- but sometimes, you have to let mom think she's teaching him. :)

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

We are smiling at this scene!


Teddy Bear said...

Oh, Siku, great job watching out for your Momma's turkey wrap. Sierra has been known to steal food that wasn't hers.

Teddy Bear

Cappy the Eskie said...

We could certainly use a trainer like Siku to keep us in line. I'm told that I'm incorrigible
and Oliver lives by Outback Steakhouse's advertising motto, "No rules. Just right."

Have a great weekend everyone.

Hugs and yips,

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Some of us just have to have the last word:)

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Furkidsmom said...

There's a time to stop bossing? Who knew???????

Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

Mack and Sally Ann said...

I like Prinnie's idea. Maybe, Sally Ann and Digby can guard together.

Sagira said...

Still trying to learn who is boss. It is still an adjustment and I'm sure will work itself out in time.