Dear Previous Coach: Queenie, our 4-calendar year-aged Corgi is whole of lifestyle when we’re household, but when my spouse and I leave for operate she appears so unfortunate I really feel lousy. We place a protection cam in the dwelling place and she just lays there and appears out the window all day while we’re long gone. It anxieties me she misses us so substantially. A friend prompt receiving a 2nd doggy to keep her organization. Will that enable cheer her up?
Ariel, Odessa, Texas
A: Sure. Canines are pack animals. The bigger the pack, the happier the puppy. You and your partner are Queenie’s pack—the only thing in the planet that matters to her—and she is aware it will be hrs until she sees you again so her disappointment is true.
A 2nd canine will present company and a sense of protection whilst you are gone, but there are other rewards as perfectly. Just one is a lot more training. Corgis have a lot more vitality than most pet dogs and Queenie will burn off much more electricity in 5 minutes taking part in with a 2nd pet than she does walking a mile on a leash.
Introducing a second pet also doubles your enjoyment—few matters are much more entertaining than looking at your dogs play and viewing the endless online games they invent to get your attention—but your perform load only will increase 1 %. That is because the aged dog reveals the new arrival the ropes, demonstrates her how to behave. A new dog picks up the commands as you give them to Queenie. All you do is add a finishing contact.
When it comes to pet dogs, I agree with Texas blues man and guitar whiz Robert Earl Keen, who reported, “A gentleman desires all the puppies and all the guitars he can get.” I only have 1 guitar, but I have 8 dogs. I can get by with just a single guitar, but I cannot make it with just one particular canine.
Of system puppies are grasp manipulators so when you incorporate a second doggy they’ll both seem heartbroken when you depart. When that occurs you can insert a 3rd puppy.
Pricey Aged Coach: We adopted Shady, a Brittany combine puppy dog, two yrs back. This spring she started feeding on grass when we go to the doggy park or for a wander. She does not put up with any sick consequences, but why is she carrying out it?
James, Ft Smith, Arkansas
A: There are a great deal of theories—it presents fiber, they are bored, they use it to overcome an upset belly, it delivers minerals they need—but no one particular appreciates for sure why pet dogs try to eat grass.
I utilized to surprise if possibly my Border Collies’ ancestors viewed sheep enjoy ingesting grass for so several generations they made the decision to give it a check out. I ultimately made the decision they possibly just like the flavor. And they don’t pick it at random. My pack will ignore grass for 50 percent a mile, then all run around for a snack when a batch catches their interest.
Dogs take in anything at all that pursuits them and throw up what does not work. An efficient evolutionary adaptation for an animal that is equally predator and scavenger.
As very long as Shady does not try to eat grass taken care of with poisonous chemical compounds or herbicides it’s not harmful, so except if you see damaging effects appreciate your walks and don’t be concerned. Shady is just being a pet dog.
The Previous Trainer has been a coach for 3 many years and has rescued, beloved, and put far more than 4,000 pet dogs. Ship inquiries to: [email protected]