Nobunaga is a real poodle lover, and Jin loves him right back, no signs of fear at his large size, just a long savory hello sniff under his belly. When we pop by Jin's house, Nobu drops down on the stoop while I chat and refuses to budge, even when it's time to go home.
Always out for something to eat, Sherlock loves humans as much or more than other doggies, and is blissful when he gets rewarded for a sit. He's not so good at taking food gently though unless it's me: in his haste to secure his portion, he tends to use too much teeth for most people's liking.
I've been looking at problems which develop in dogs from early separation from their mothers and siblings: according to a referenced article in The Nest, the ideal time seems to be 10-12 weeks with their families, to learn
At first I was wary of greeting shiba Gen in the park, because many shibas are fearful or even aggressive, sometimes biting...Gen's dad agreed, many were like that, but Gen was from a reputable breeder and spent his first three months with his Mum and family, so he's really balanced and good with other dogs. We spent quite a while chatting. Reading about an Italian study on dogs removed from canine families at or before 60 days, I was shocked to realize Sherlock's symptoms. He's just a wee frightened baby after all...good thing we're all about reassuring mothering, happy exercise, good food and relaxing...
... absent the security of their mother and siblings, the early separated dogs were much more likely than the other group to exhibit avoidant and fearful behaviors. Specifically they were:Two behaviors were the most frequently reported among all dogs (those removed early from litters and those removed at 60 days) according to their owners:
- 68 percent of the dogs were attention seekers – they nuzzled, pawed or jumped up on family members looking for attention and physical contact
- 60 percent showed signs of fear when exposed to loud noises...
- 15 times more likely to be fearful on walks
- 7 times more likely to have attention-seeking behaviors and noise reactivity
- 6 times more likely to bark excessively