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and after the first call, everyone else was going to get a busy signal until she got home.

Good dog!

The breeder did admit that there were times when she got a lot of work done without phone interruptions and then discovered why.

She did finally move the phone but his phone skills were memorialized in his recent obituary.
~~Judy
maybe they can't get their useless dog to go hiking in crappy weather?

When I was in high school, I got in the habit of immediately going out for a walk when I got home. We were in a rural area and dogs were always left loose. I had a loop that I would walk - sometimes taking longer versions but always with the same basic start and finish.
My big old hound dog would go with me sometimes. And sometimes, he would go only as far as the spot where the return path rejoined the start. He'd sit there and wait. And then go back on home with me.

Apparently he didn't see the need for a full effort daily constitutional. He was willing enough to be sociable about such things but he clearly had his limits.
~~Judy
i know i've complained about barky, noisy dogs before, but this is ridiculous. one alarm bark especially when people are coming into the house! is all i'm asking for. surely that's not unreasonable?

Sassy has an alarm bark that is a scream. I'm talking fingernails on the blackboard, any higher pitched and only other dogs will be able to hear it,
0 - 120 decibels in .2 seconds. It just bursts out of her. You could trythat one for a while and see how you like it.
Oh wait. Not going to help you. She doesn't alarm bark at people coming in the house. It's reserved for dangerous invaders like squirrels in the front yard. (Thank Dog she finally accepted the hummingbirds at the feeder this summer!)
Neither dog alarm barks at people. People are verbally greeted however, so that might work for you. They both back off onto the living room rug and roo-roo. Spenser's is usually a little muffled because he always grabs his Fred so that it is safe. (He's cute but very strange.) Sassy's is a full yodel - throws her head back to get the maximum variation in tones in the roo-roo.
However, once the people are inside the house, if they should be able to look out to the driveway and see that there is an alien CAR out there, THEN they must alarm bark and alert the household.
~~Judy
Sassy has an alarm bark that is a scream. I'm talking fingernails on the blackboard, any higher pitched and only ... It just bursts out of her. You could try that one for a while and see how you like it.

i think i'll pass. my neighbor has a Cocker x Chow who is actually some hairy variety of shrieking eel. it's an unholy sound that makes blood squirt out of my ears.
Oh wait. Not going to help you. She doesn't alarm bark at people coming in the house. It's reserved for dangerous invaders like squirrels in the front yard. (Thank Dog she finally accepted the hummingbirds at the feeder this summer!)

we're back to square one, then. harriet alerts to critters, just not people. when she does alert, it's not a bark, though. it's a growly, whiney, woo-woo.
However, once the people are inside the house, if they should be able to look out to the driveway and see that there is an alien CAR out there, THEN they must alarm bark and alert the household.

ha! my neighbor's dogs do that. they bark at everyone who drives up. but, if they're outside when the person drives up, then when they go back in, and notice the car from inside, they start barking again. vice versa when they're inside when the person drives up. i swear those dogs are on crack.

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we're back to square one, then. harriet alerts to critters, just not people. when she does alert, it's not a bark, though. it's a growly, whiney, woo-woo.

We could trade nekkid dog for nekkid dog, straight up. Pan's great about alerting to humans, not so much with critters, especially if she has no backup (Did you see the teeth on that bunny?). I hope you have a BIG bed, though. I haven't quite figured out how it is that Pan manages to occupy only 25% of her dog bed, yet takes up 50% of the human bed.

Suja
We could trade nekkid dog for nekkid dog, straight up. Pan's great about alerting to humans, not so much with critters, especially if she has no backup (Did you see the teeth on that bunny?).

so, between them, they'd make one whole dog and one not-dog.
I hope you have a BIG bed, though. I haven't quite figured out how it is that Pan manages to occupy only 25% of her dog bed, yet takes up 50% of the human bed.

two words: dog physics.
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so, yesterday afternoon, my landlord dropped by. harriet, of course, couldn't be bothered to bark or anything. harriet ignored him ... dog barks at people as they're leaving? i swear, someone dropped her on her head when she was a puppy.

Obviously the evil landlord was trying to steal some of her toys while he was there. She was nice enough to let him in and he had the nerve to be sneaking around the toys. Her count had better not have come up short or he's in big trouble the next time he comes by. Unless she is burritoed at the time, anyway.

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She barked as the thief was making off with the ... thief was startled and dropped whatever he was carrying. Win-Win.

now that's a dog with a perverse sense of humor.

I don't know how unusual that is. My parent's GSD would let anyone in, anyone. But you definently could not leave without permission.

A lot of dog bites happen as the person is leaving.

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