Dynamics

Before there were 4 humans and 2 dogs living here. The hierarchy was fairly stable. But then eldest moved out and youngest went on holiday for 2 weeks. Storm – who is now 2 – saw a vacancy in the hierarchy so his behaviour has changed. Problem is it seems he is vying for position #2 in the house. In those two weeks we saw increased territorial behaviour and both dogs bark more. Youngest has come back – her Uni results are days away – so for now and with eldest visiting fairly often the behaviour can be ameliorated simply with their presence. But we can see what will happen when youngest moves out, when we are back to 2 humans, 2 dogs.
So we will have to put Storm back in his place and for him that is at the bottom of the food chain. Humans are #1 and #2, Winston is #3 and the little one (Storm – who is little by comparison to a Great Dane but is still bigger than a fully grown lab) is #4. Not entirely sure how we will do this but it has to be done.

Dog bites camera

I’ve got a GoPro which I took out for it’s first test. This is a few seconds from a longer video which shows one of the walks I take the dogs on. Not the most gripping of topics but it means Jacqui now knows what we see and what I talk about when we do this one from now. I plan to take the cam on a few routes as weather allows so she can get a getter idea of just how far we can go and what we see.

Get a small box the size of a pack of biscuits. Put a jumbone (which Winston loves) inside it. Pack with paper. Put that box inside a larger box the side of a couple of shoeboxes. Pack that with paper. Put that box inside a much larger box and pack that with paper too. Close it. Place the box in the middle of the lounge and tell Winston it’s his. And then watch as he has a great time ripping everything to shreds. Winston really likes it when I get boxed deliveries from Amazon.

Winston and a twig

 
Dog + twig
 
Wasn’t sure where to frame given the expanse of darkness either side. It’s also level too – the light is the cause of the imbalance. Far from perfect – too small for a start – but I like it.

Trying another:
Dog + twig

Winston: profile

Close to the actual shot I want.
winston-profile
He can stand more squarely, head lifted up higher, neck straighter and he looks great in profile when he does. Full-on pose mode. And then he moves so this is not a bad compromise.

Less bounce

Winston weighs 75kg. So that’s a lot less than I thought and when he gets back from the vet he should weigh a couple of hundred grams less. Nutless he will be. All part of treating the dominance / alpha male behaviour. If only lopping them off was the simple answer… still, behaviour progress continues to be made and as far as he is concerned I am alpha male.