• Michael D'Abruzzo

    December 5, 2009 at 8:38 am

    Watched the vid again. Also, you can see the little foo foo actively trying to engage Ester for a while with some pretty perky posture.

    In dog relationships one of the primary non-aggressive ways to establish a higher ranking in a relationship is to ignore assertive behavior and initiative. This is what seems to be happening until the Foofoo crosses the line.

    This is the idea behind humping behavior. It is a demand for attention. It is not well tolerated by a dog that is making a strong point (as is Ester) with their posture that they are calling the shots.

    Those points are in the self help section under knowledge and pack structure – but you can see it in action well in your puppy video.

    The puppy classes are good because it helps not only Ester but dogs like the assertive little foofoo in recognizing these postures and the consequences of not responding to them or recognizing them. It is better for the pups to learn it there. That correction by Ester could potentially save the Foofoos life if she respects the posture of an adult dog out and about. Just thoughts..