Gryff and Jinx Mommy
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: New Paltz, NY
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I think I knew Gryff and Alec's problem
Here's my theory: When we first got Gryff, Alec was afraid of dogs. He wanted one though, so we found a small breed that was good with children. I think from the very start, he was always very cautious and sort of awkward with Gryff and the dog seized his opportunity to be boss right away. Alec has gotten much better and he's no longer afraid of dogs, even really big ones. However, he is still a bit awkward around Gryff. He pulls on him when he walks him. He doesn't pay attention to what Gryff is doing while on the leash. He pets him strangely sometimes (i.e. he pats him on the head or hovers on him). He talks to him in a very high pitched voice that commands no authority.
The basis of my theory is this: When I was growing up we had two dogs, a shepherd mix (RIP Linda) and a Belgian sheepdog mix (RIP Brandy). My stepfather's father moved in with us and Brandy used to bark at him every single time he got up to walk across the room. It was the awkwardness of his gait that drove her crazy. I think it's the same thing with Gryff.
I will talk with Gryff's trainer on Wednesday to see if I can set up a home visit so they can work with Alec on his dog presentation.
What do you think?
By the way, the crate thing is working great. I do really miss having Gryff on the bed.