Monday, 4 February 2019
More Loki Issues
It must be so confusing for Ross, one minute Loki is playing chase with him, the next he's growling and tense. There is no doubt Ross has a much stronger character, but Loki wasn't brought up this way either. Mikey was a great example to him, he was fair and calm with him, but the older girls have always fussed over him too much, particularly Asha who continues to mother him.
To be honest I'm at a loss as to what to do, I've never experienced this before with previous males. They have either bonded and got on, or they haven't! (God did Dexi hate Jay!) These two are fine on walks and generally fine during the day, but the tension from Loki some evenings in ridiculous and I can only think it stems from a weakness in his character. Up to about 4 months old Loki was a very nervous puppy, but I bombarded him with everything and he really has come on a treat ... but as I've said before, maybe just maybe that uncertain puppy is still in there, maybe he's not confident enough in his own skin and that's why now he's unable to cope with being the "older" male, especially as the younger one has such strength of character.
This morning everything seems back to normal, it's reasonably calm and quite, though there is usually an eruption of excitement around 10.30am which is our walking time .. I'd love to know what to do for the best for Loki .. and Ross. I'd really love some professional advice, this is a behaviour issue not training, I'm a dog trainer and it's very different kettle of fish!