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i wish my dogs would ask to go out in order to puke. they do at least get off my bed Emotion: stick out tongue

I wonder why my dogs feel the need to run into the bedroom - the only room upstairs with carpeting - when they're going to puke. I ought to buy stock in Nature's Miracle.
"Woop, woop, woop"
"NO, NO!! OUTSIDE, OUTSIDE, OUTOUTOUT!!"
"HACKACK'
"*%#@*&!"
Kathleen
Maybe I'm anthropomorphizing, but I think it would be sad for a creature who seeks out affection to never get it when s/he seeks it out.

Me too. Poor Slick was badly undersocialized before coming here and so it's been really important to support him when he seeks out contact (he's a very sweet dog but didn't know it was okay to initiate interactions). Every dog is different but I think they all benefit from being knowing they can come to us for positive attention. That isn't the same as being pushy. Pushy dogs are a problem, but that's not the same as a dog that knows how to ask for something politely.

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Maybe I'm anthropomorphizing, but I think it would be sad ... affection to never get it when s/he seeks it out.

I'll agree with that. In the case of my dog, he is pushy, and it was being pushy that I work against, not a need for affection. I probably could have presented it better.
When my dogs ask for a petting, I more often ... dogs are secure enough that some coddling won't hurt them.

Moi aussi. If Z is being bossy, I might have her shake my hand first. Maybe I'm anthropomorphizing, but I think it would be sad for a creature who seeks out affection to never get it when s/he seeks it out.

I don't allow physical asking for petting, but asking politely is just fine. Reasons for not allowing the nudging/pawing thing: hot coffee. full beer. tender skin.
OTOH, Rudy comes up on the couch (the dogs are allowed) and crawls into my lap (my body language gives the go ahead, I'd head him off at the pass if I didn't welcome him just then) and flops his head down against me. That results in kisses and cuddles and petting. But he is easily dissuaded if I don't want him there as well. He's hard to resist though - he's like a stuffed animal and has incredibly soft ears.

Janet Boss
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Moi aussi. If Z is being bossy, I might have ... affection to never get it when s/he seeks it out.

I don't allow physical asking for petting, but asking politely is just fine. Reasons for not allowing the nudging/pawing thing: ... He's hard to resist though - he's like a stuffed animal and has incredibly soft ears. Janet Boss www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com

It is the same way with my dog, if he comes up to me and sits by me, I am most certainly going lavish him with attention. That is why I know he isn't attention starved when he comes over and is telling me he wants attention.
In my experience, dogs (and people) can learn to pee on cue.

Mine, too, and it's darned handy. In the bigger dogsled races drug testing is common. However, in this context the ... that," but rather "my dogs don't need to ask to go outside because I let them out often enough otherwise."

An interesting example was FC-AFC Holiday Cookies, who would pee ... who saw trainer Jay Sweezey demonstrate this routine with her.

My dog will try and poop on a heel, which is really funny. But the trainer that helps me with my dog's dog aggression issues has several labs that poop on a perfect heel, no change in position at all.
Basically I would advise against ever letting a dog get what it is telling you it wants.

Dog: "I want to go out" You: "NA NA NA NA NA I CAN'T HEAR YOU NA NA NA NA NA" Dog: "Uh, okay."

If I gave him treats as often as he tells ... of the nice lean healthy weight I keep him at.

Sitting for a treat is one thing, but in the case of my dog, his sad eyes equate to another dog begging. He doesn't beg in the old fashion sense, but he can give you this look in his eyes that would break your heart.
No, but you might be the only one whose dog lets you know about it ahead of time. Or perhaps I'm the only one whose dog doesn't...

Well, both dogs tell me if they have to poop/pee, and I ignore them at my own peril. For instance, if Pan gets restless in the car, it means she has got to go (found out the hard way). Pan doesn't really throw up much, but I don't think she'd tell me she wants out. Khan has vomitted infrequently, but always tells me when he has to; the only problem is that the leash is kept in the laundry room usually, and he'd follow me there instead of staying by the front door, only to not be able to hold it in any longer, and vomit on the carpet in the family room.
This is one of those stupid human things. You'd think that I'll just keep the leash near the front door, just in case. It took a loong time to figure that out. And it just struck me that I could just as well have told him to stay and he'd stay by the door instead of following me around.

Suja
He doesn't beg in the old fashion sense, but he can give you this look in his eyes that would break your heart.

Aah, the 'Could I have s'more pweeeze?' look.
We better keep our dogs away from each other. Pan definitely does not need to compare notes on that one.
Suja
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