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This is my FIRST large dog of my own and I have noticed some strange puppy-isms.

In the last week I've noticed that Dexter likes to SIT on my female Pomeranian AND my two year old. It doesn't seem to be malicious, protective maybe? He'll start by standing over Hailey, then he'll very calculatedly back-up and sit on her. He's very calm when he does this.

Another one is his stuffed toy... Its the tube shaped dog/bear or whatever. I don't think he likes it being touched. If we're outside he hides it behind a rake, and this morning he had it in his mouth and he started digging. I've NEVER seen him dig! Is it common for them to have a specific toy they love? He doesn't do this with anything else! When I handle the toy he doesn't balk.

 

One last one, Dexter doesn't like to go outside alone. In fact, before he would run past me, or through my legs. Now it seems he waits for me to walk out, before I'd let him out and close the screen on him. Does he really want me to go out with him? Does he wait for me to walk out to insist this?

I'm sure if I kept sifting through all these informative threads I'd find the answers to my questions, but I figured I'd just ask in hopes you all wouldn't mind! :)

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Most of this can be summed up with Dobes are extremely social, and like to be with their pack.  The other dog, and your 2 year old are considered littermates, so he likes to be around them.

If your dog doesn't let you handle his toys, or shows any kind of wtf attitude, I would look up resource guarding and start working on that asap.  If he's fine, and doesn't fuss when you touch his toys, not something to worry about.

With going outside, that's actually what you want.  YOU go out first, not the dog.  The pup should wait for you, and you go first, and then the pup.  Also, they like to dig.  So, all seems like pretty normal dobe behavior.

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Oh I didn't doubt they were normal, but they are new to me and I find them absolutely FASCINATING!

 

I suppose I should be asking how I change his thinking that they are littermates? Or do I just alter how he treats them period? Hailey does NOT let him push her around and he has some battle scars to show for it. Do I let her "defend" herself, or should I constantly tell him not to bug her. When he's not wanting to play he actually wants to lay next to her, and he follows her around the yard.

Its funny you said "Actually thats what you want..." I do want him to be the last one in and out, but I didn't anticipate he'd do it on his own. I've got to remember to keep it up!

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When Ziva plays, she often sits on the other dogs, not so much now as when she was little...well, smaller than she is now, anyway,  LOL.  She even jumps up on our bed to play every now and then and if we aren't paying attention to her, she will ~plop~ her big butt right down on top of me and then turn to look at me with such a goofy grin.  Dobies are clowns, let me tell ya.

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If your other dog isn't truly hurting him I'd let them work it out.  Sometimes a good nip on the snout is exactly what it takes to get the message accross.  

 

Rocky still sits on my foot every chance he gets, I think he just wants to be close to me. 

 

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When Dakota lays with me and Steph, she has to be right in the middle, with equal parts on both of us.  She will sit on us to the point where if we don't hold her she'll fall off lol.  And if you're on the couch, and kinda sitting up/kinda laying down, she has to get as high up as she possible can, which usually means her rump right on your chest.

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Hey Kay SheaWill~~ The fact that Dexter allows you to go out the door first is GREAT! That's just the way it's supposed to be.. That means he knows you are alpha and is giving you the respect for the pack leader..

I think your 'pack' will find it's way.. They have a way of doing that. Sitting or leaning against you is just an " I own you" type of thing.. it's a little bit of dominance mixed in with affection ( or so I like to think) See the story of Sofia with the race crew.. she was just all over them. Love that you're asking so many questions.  You're a good mom.

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Roxi only wants me to be the first out the door, but once we get to the steps it's a battle of "who goes first."  I win, naturally ;]  The only problems with her, is when we walk she wants to lead, soooo we use a gentle leader when we go walking.

When Roxi throws a "tantrum", like when she doesn't get her way, she backs all the way up and plops her butt on my feet and looks up at me like "BUT BUT BUT!!!!"  And mommy says "No, go potty" Haha.  The best part about dogs in general is they each have different personalities.  Roxi...loves...FEET.  And it drives me nuts because mine are tickle-ish! xD

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Oh roxi's mom- Cisco has a foot fetish as well! I am first out the door and down the steps but on the steps it has become a game of let's eat moms feet the entire way down... I can see his little evil grin as he does this. He also has to sit atop the steps and scratch and bathe etc.. which has caused 3 really scary tumbles down the steps... he gets up and bites the steps and growls and skulks off to his bed or crate... We have to train daddy to close the door at the top of the steps!

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Cisco's mom-Roxi does that too!  I've almost swan-dived down my steps because she's grabbed my pant legs :|  I end up standing there doing deep breathing exercises haha.  Then calmly walk down the rest of the steps.  There's nothing like that sudden feeling of impending death when you feel like you're going to fall down 13 steps, let me tell ya!

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lol! Yes  have a new step dance myself! I am getting very good at the hopping and walking as I am going down the steps!

 

Mandy!