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He will bark at her, not only if she plays ... dog over his apparent jealousy can take quite a while.

Are you sure it's jealousy, and not fun policing? Some dogs are crankypantses about other dogs bouncing around and having a good time. They just do not approve of it.

That would be the resident chihuahua in our household. I have to admit that watching the smallest member of the household try to police the biggest is amusing. She doesn't do get close to them, she stands back and tells them off. But we still tell her to knock it off because, hey, the only police in our household is me. I'd be worried if it was going down like it does with the GR and the BC, though. It sounds like a fight brewing.

Paula
"Anyway, other people are weird, but sometimes they have candy, so it's best to try to get along with them." Joe Bay
Swimming is the most efficient hot weather exercise I've found.

A word to the wise:
Dogs can easily overheat while swimming unless the water temperature is plenty cool. Remember that swimming is pretty intensive exercise, and that dogs are not generally cooled much by being wet. They are cooled effectively when they are mostly submerged and the water temperature is low enough.
Swimming can be great, and Kathleen's access sounds wonderful. Just be prudent, and don't assume that because it's water, it's keeping them cool.
Amy Dahl
However, if you have to feed your dogs in different rooms because they're interfering with each other while eating then you're just plain incompetent. If you've got problems at meal times it's your fault.

Color me incompetent, then (along with some other pros who are friends of mine). I separate dogs when feeding them.

Sometimes boarding customers want their dogs kept together. When one dog eats all the food, guards it from the other, or some other problem occurs, I have one way of dealing with it. I separate them. I have no ideas about what else to do.

Amy Dahl
Sometimes boarding customers want their dogs kept together. When one dog eats all the food, guards it from the other, or some other problem occurs, I have one way of dealing with it. I separate them. I have no ideas about what else to do.

If you can't train them, as is the case with other people's dogs, you manage them. For the most part, when dogs move here I feed them in crates with the doors closed. As they become settled in I stop closing the doors, and currently 4 of the dogs are eating in crates with the doors open. The other three dogs are eating with their bowls side-by-side. They don't mess with each other while eating and they don't mess with each other's food. It wasn't always the case but they learned.

Melinda Shore - Software longa, hardware brevis - (Email Removed)

Bad policies lead to bad results.
Sometimes boarding customers want their dogs kept together. When one ... them. I have no ideas about what else to do.

If you can't train them, as is the case with other people's dogs, you manage them. For the most part, ... each other while eating and they don't mess with each other's food. It wasn't always the case but they learned.

Have you done this with dogs of a wide variety of breed backgrounds, including those with pronounced resource guarding?
Amy Dahl
Have you done this with dogs of a wide variety of breed backgrounds, including those with pronounced resource guarding?

With one exception, Siberian Huskies. They aren't so much resource-y as greedy, and left to their own devices will take each other's food.

Melinda Shore - Software longa, hardware brevis - (Email Removed)

Bad policies lead to bad results.
Swimming is the most efficient hot weather exercise I've found.

A word to the wise: Dogs can easily overheat while swimming unless the water temperature is plenty cool. Remember that ... much by being wet. They are cooled effectively when they are mostly submerged and the water temperature is low enough.

That's a really interesting point. I tend to assume that if the temp is lower than their internal temp, its having a cooling effect, but then I rarely get to take dogs for rigorous swimming (here in NYC there aren't so many options for that)
What would you say is a low enough water tempt to have a cooling effect?

Tara
I would still take them to the parks, but walking on the leash daily is even more important.

Why?
... A dog training course would benefit the Border Collie.

And the Golden. And the OP.
I still believe dogs should be separated when feeding; some eat faster than others and then start to hang around the dog that is still eating, and the one that is still eating becomes nervous may start a fight.

Not in my house. I feed dogs side-by-side, with supervision. They aren't allowed to hover over another dog's dish. And I'm not shlepping dog food all around the house. Visitors and new dogs are fed while crated.
However, if you have to feed your dogs in different ... If you've got problems at meal times it's your fault.

Color me incompetent, then (along with some other pros who are friends of mine). I separate dogs when feeding them.

I do too; sometimes I even crate them. I may be incompetent, but I don't have fights, during feeding or other times, and we have 12-14 dogs here all the time.
Sometimes boarding customers want their dogs kept together. When one dog eats all the food, guards it from the other, or some other problem occurs, I have one way of dealing with it. I separate them. I have no ideas about what else to do.

Separating them seems to me to be the best management tool.

Mustang Sally
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