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Offline Alison

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Re: Difference between AGGRESSION, DOMINANCE, SUBMISSION etc
« Reply #15 on: December 21, 2010, 05:06:36 PM »
 :welcome:

I'm sure you'll love it here.You describe Paulie as needy,you may find that he always will be as Bichons need a lot of attention.They give so much in return though.

I'd think about enrolling in some training classes and they'll help with the socialisation.Some of the other members will be along to give you great advice.Alison

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Re: Difference between AGGRESSION, DOMINANCE, SUBMISSION etc
« Reply #16 on: December 21, 2010, 06:22:39 PM »
I am glad that this thread was picked up again  :thumbup:
Paulybichon,  :welcomebichon: There are other members who have adopted older fluffs and perhaps if you do an introduction in the meet and greet section they will come along to help you.
Well I have to confess, I think Gabby the puppy fits into the very submissive type as she weees over herself in situations when she is stressed. :blush: But never rolls onto her back, exposing her tummy and if scared runs around with her tail between her legs.  The good news is that she is getting better and is more confident but I am the only person she will come up to.

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Re: Difference between AGGRESSION, DOMINANCE, SUBMISSION etc
« Reply #17 on: December 22, 2010, 01:53:42 PM »
Thank you Susan... I have learned alot already!  :thankyou:

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Re: Difference between AGGRESSION, DOMINANCE, SUBMISSION etc
« Reply #18 on: December 22, 2010, 01:56:05 PM »
Thanks Alison...we are going to try having him around an older dog this weekend. Hopefully the problem has been him being around puppies or young dogs who are also bigger then him! Wish us luck!!! :)

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Re: Difference between AGGRESSION, DOMINANCE, SUBMISSION etc
« Reply #19 on: December 22, 2010, 01:57:24 PM »
Good suggestion Lorraine..going to do that right now!!  :thumbsup:

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Re: Difference between AGGRESSION, DOMINANCE, SUBMISSION etc
« Reply #20 on: August 11, 2015, 10:15:53 AM »
This is such an interesting thread ... not sure now whether what I always thought was OK for Milo is all that fine.  I'm the alpha in the house and with me Milo is almost always mildly submissive, but if we get into staring contests or roughhousing -- all sorts of sounds come out of him, from barking to growling to whining to a combination of sounds that is almost like talking.  I always thought Milo enjoyed our playtime -- but maybe some of his reactions say otherwise.  Generally, like so many other posts note, Milo is a bichon that just wants his belly rubbed and to be showered with loads of human contact -- which he gets every day. He has never snapped or been overtly aggressive -- but he can be a bit pushy with other dogs (e.g. insistent sniffing -- dominant mounting behavior) - and with our children sometimes.  We always discourage this. The Missus gets growled at mildly if she disturbs his slumber -- but he will never growl at me if I do the identical thing.  He definitely knows who he can manipulate.  He has never been growly possessive about his food or toys. I have worked long hours with Milo on obedience training and he is a very compliant little boy. Any unwanted or discouraged behavior (including excessive licking) stops immediately when I sternly tell him to "cut out out" or just NO! I do let him nibble on my hand when we play (I've done this with all my dogs over the years) -- but it is always gentle -- never aggressive -- and always involves lots of licking too.  He does this nibbling/licking only with me. On balance we like Milo just as he is -- but I suppose I should remain openminded about Milo's behaviors so that if and when the next bichon joins our family -- I can be sure to reinforce only the positive behaviors and discourage the rest.