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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-24-2010, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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Anti Social Behavior w/ dogs

I have come to the conclusion that Gucci does not have good dog-social skills, she's great with humans, but she wants nothing to do with dogs.

I am dog-sitting 4, yes...FOUR havs right now and they stay together (granted, they are a pack and belong to the same home) but Gucci....she sits on the other side of the room, I take them out to play in the yard and Gucci plays on the OTHER side of the yard, unless, of course, there is a fight or misbehaving and then Gucci will put her police hat on and go stop it (she doesn't tolerate breaking the law!!) But really.......she honestly just prefers to be alone or with humans.

And I remember her breeder telling me that before she was even old enough to come home, that she would ditch her littermates and go lay by the humans..and watch them from afar.

So, I do think this is more of personality trait than it is inherited behavior and it is probably one of the reasons why I only have 1 havanese...that, and I like to take her to work and traveling and jet setting to beaches, so I guess it works out that my singleton prefers her own company, or mine

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Sissy is the same way! She is really happy with just humans.

She loves the Bichon down the street but we have some neighbor Schnauzer's and she is such a bully with them. There is a miniature pincher next door and she will play with him through the fence but only on her terms.

My daughter's beagles she accepts now and will tolerate them but doesn't play with them - however, she loved my daughter's neighbors poodle. She would chase him and try to play and he didn't want anything to do with her - but she was determined.

My cousin brought over her Bichon's and Sissy growled at them and didn't want them touching anything in our house.

It almost seems like she is picky just who she will play with but we always teach her to be respectful.


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That makes me feel a little better! lol I know what you mean! I wish I could figure out how she will love some dogs and not like others. There is this one boy havanese that comes to playdates, and he is a really primped show dog and she will flirt and play with him, lol..she likes one of our neighbor's dogs, Molly..who is much bigger than her, but Gucci doesn't realize it and it scares us to death, she tried to pick Gucci up by the neck like a puppy one time and I almost fainted..lol

I try to teach her manners and she's receptive at times, but there are a few dogs she just does not like and will refuse to play with, its kind of embarrassing at times!

Playing is totally on HER terms, though..she is just being the biggest snot right now, lol I had to put them in the kitchen because the boys kept marking and the 2 girls wanted to go in there with them. Their mom is coming today, so the house will be back to its normal quiet self...

I think Sissy and Gucci like being the center of attention?
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Stella is somewhat like that. I take her to visit my sister in Nebraska who has a 1-1/2 year old Coton. Stella will play with him but only when she initiates it. If he wants to play and she doesn't, they don't.
I also take her to Connecticut to visit my daughter. She has a golden and they also play but again, only when Stella feels like it. If she doesn't, she ignores him. I think it has to do with being an "only" She's the Queen and will let everyone know it.

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I have noticed some Havs are like this. When we go to the dog park to see some of Lily's friends, one in particular likes to play with Lily for a bit then goes and sits by her mom and watches. There is nothing wrong with her, she is a doll, but some just prefer their people. Lily loves to be around other dogs, but if there is a group she isn't totally enamored with, she will go sit by their parent's feet at the park and just watch. To be honest, it would be great if Lily didnt like being around other dogs so much, I wouldnt feel as guilty about her being an only child.
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Buzzy is a "dog snob" also. He doesn't care for puppies (except one that I know of) and prefers small white dogs that look like him. Even then it has to be on his terms. He does well with Yorkies too. I learned when he was sick that even though he only "co-exists" with certain dogs, that he appreciates the company of another dog rather than being alone.
Funny story- Friday morning, we saw his BF "Romo" a young Yorkie walking down the block. They were pulling and crying for each other and were so happy to see each other and play. Of course I had to go to work, so I let them play for a minute but then had to go. We see them on Friday night, and Romo was so excited, and Buzzy was all, "hey man, what's up" and kept walking. It was very funny. I did make him stay with him for a few minutes so that he knows it can't always be on his terms though. He just sat on teh stoop next to Romo and hung out but refused to play!
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I try to teach her manners and she's receptive at times, but there are a few dogs she just does not like and will refuse to play with, its kind of embarrassing at times!
Why shouldn't our dogs have their own preferences for playmates? We certainly do!<g>

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Playing is totally on HER terms, though..she is just being the biggest snot right now, lol I had to put them in the kitchen because the boys kept marking and the 2 girls wanted to go in there with them. Their mom is coming today, so the house will be back to its normal quiet self...

I think Sissy and Gucci like being the center of attention?
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I honestly don't see anything wrong with that. As long as she's not outright nasty toward them, why SHOULD she have to play with them. I've certainly had house guests that I tolerated, then breathed a sigh of relief when they left!

She sounds more like my younger son, who is a very introverted kid, with a few good friends, but other than those, would rather be home than out gallavanting. Kodi is like my older son... a real party animal... LOVES company and gets along with just about everyone.


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Well, you all know about Jack hiding behind my legs during puppy class. He is not enjoying the other bouncing puppies. However, he adores playing with the cat. Outside, we are starting to let him play with Nessie. They are the only furries he is comfy with so far.

Nessie is the same way but I know that it is a breed trait. Herding dogs seem to prefer to linger on the outskirts, observe, and step in when things aren't to their liking. OCD, much? (Unless of course, there is another herding dog, then they get together and discuss management techniques.)

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I notice you are in Metrowest. Are you going to MasterPeace for your classes?

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You betcha! Michelle is teaching the puppy class. I briefly talked to her about giving Jack his first 'real' grooming.

She is really helpful about Mr. Scaredy-Cat. I guess it is normal to have one or two scared puppies per class.

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