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Why is it when given two identical toys/treats/chewies two dogs always want the one the other dog has? Are they jealous? Worried that they might be getting the short end of the stick? What's the deal with that?

Picture, if you will, a yard littered with sticks. Hundreds of stick, due to an ice storm.
Add to the picture one ELB (Evil Little Brother) and his ornery Aussie AJ.
Now picture one goofy Harlan who MUST HAVE the stick that AJ is playing with, as it is obviously far superior to any other of the THOUSANDS of sticks littering the ground.
Finally, watch the light bulb flash over AJ's head as he figures out yet another way to push Harlan's buttons.
AJ: "La la la, wow, this is the best stick in the world, la la la. Get me, I have the finest stick in the land"
Harlan: "Mine, you know. " (AJ relinquishes stick, picks another).

AJ: "Oh, dear, it seems I was mistaken; THIS is clearly a superior stick to the one I had before."
Harlan: "That is also mine". (Another stick relinquished).

Scenario is repeated for the NEXT SEVERAL HOURS.
Harlan, while he has his good points, is clearly not the sharpest knife in the drawer.
Moral of the story: DAWGS IS WEIRD.
I gave each dogs one a few years ago. Lucy was all excited over other stuff, and bit her LARGE one in half and swallowed both halves. I would have thought they were too hard for that, but apparently NOT.

It's also dog-dependent. I don't give anything chunkable to Rocky - if I can't hand-feed a treat or stuff it into a kong, he doesn't get it. Friday is fine with all of that stuff, so gets turkey necks (which are half the price of greenies) and other good stuff on occasion. (It's a silly human trait that I consider Rocky's feelings when I give stuff to Friday.)
I don't give rawhide of any sort, nor pig ears or such. Too much risk.

I don't give those to either dog. Too little nutrition for too much money when they like carrots and mushroom stems just as much.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
With toys, I do let them play tug of war over it when they both seem to agree its just a game. If either starts to get aggressive about it, I intervene.

i think that's perfectly reasonable. for the most part, if the dogs don't think there's a problem, i figure there's not a problem.
When it comes to things like rawhide, they each start out with their own and usually end up trading every once in a while (Cali abandons hers first and Maui steals it, then Cali takes his old one with the process repeating every few minutes).

as long as both dogs view it as an acceptable game, i think that's fine.
They are doing better than I imagined and are really good with each other. I really feel lucky about that.

that's excellent! i know you were a little concerned at first, so it's great to hear that they're getting acclimated to each other and are getting along well.

shelly
http://www.cat-sidh.net
My dogs don't ever get them because of the incredibly high protein in them. When you're trying to keep total protein down around 20%, it doesn't take many greenies fed to a 15 pound dog before you've lost any chance of making the math work.

the heck with protein content, it's the cost that brings me up short. if i'm going to buy something that pricey, i'll splurge on Frosty Paws. at least those last longer, giving more bang for the buck.

shelly
http://www.cat-sidh.net
do you give them any store bought bones/chewies? if so, what are some that you have good experiences with?

i give beef femur bones, but only if they have nice, thick walls. some are thin and splinter easily, so i'm careful when i pick them out. even those aren't risk-free, though, as they can cause tooth breakages. probably the safest chewy are those Kong-like rubber bones, though i've yet to see a dog who really enjoyed chewing on them.

shelly
http://www.cat-sidh.net
Off topic, do the attachments on the Dyson vacuum really work with good suction?

I only have the attachments for the yellow model - brush, tapered nozzle, narrow thingie (like my techinical terms?) I don't have carpet, so no need for the "animal" attachment, but suction on this thing is wonderful.

Janet B
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
do you give them any store bought bones/chewies? if so, what are some that you have good experiences with?

They have rubber toys, latex toys, and some rope bones that are carefully watched. I sometimes buy them some sort of sterilized bone - filled or basted. Not as often as I did when Franklin was a puppy though. And they have and like Nylabones (and Rudy is a chewing fool and loves them).
No ingestible chewies.

Janet B
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
Friday is fine with all of that stuff, so gets turkey necks (which are half the price of greenies) and other good stuff on occasion. (It's a silly human trait that I consider Rocky's feelings when I give stuff to Friday.)

I understand completely. I feed raw, but go with ground patties. Lucy is obviously a gulper and I don't feel comfortable giving parts that she can do that with. Franklin would be fine - he chews food (now, if he only extended that habit to cloth).

Janet B
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
Off topic, do the attachments on the Dyson vacuum really work with good suction?

I only have the attachments for the yellow model - brush, tapered nozzle, narrow thingie (like my techinical terms?) I don't have carpet, so no need for the "animal" attachment, but suction on this thing is wonderful. Janet B www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com

I'm wanting some really good suction for vacuuming the furniture and baseboards. I've used my shopvac for that for eons and now it is trying to buy the farm. I am not happy. I'm really tempted to splurge on the Dyson that is carried at Wallyworld.
Beth
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