Monday, September 5, 2011

Progress of a Sort

Bannon and Pooja (her original name, Fuji is a nickname the boys gave her) have lived with us for 9 full days now. 
I've used that time to finish their grooming for the season.  Bannon now has a trimmed rear like Pooja.
I've also been working with them on some dominance issues.  They are good, gentle dogs, but this is new territory, and they are testing me as well as their new canine pack.
They have used their time to explore the farm.
Shachah has used that time to completely ignore them unless they get too close to the hole under the porch that is the domain of his napping activities.
Megan and Greta have learned to accept the newcomers, for the most part, and to steer clear of them during scuffles about hierarchy for the other part.

The only aggression I have witnessed is between Pooja and Bannon.  I get the impression that she has ruled over him completely in the past...and she doesn't appreciate him possibly obtaining a new position in the pack.  I'm making sure Bannon gets a little time each day to be separate from her.  He usually uses this time to eat...I think Pooja's dominance could be the reason he is quite thin at the moment...he may have not had ample opportunity at the feed dish when he previously shared it with her. 
Bannon, in all his shining white glory.

Pooja, contemplating a little explore.


Michelle said...

Sounds a bit like parenting. Best wishes that all goes well!

Becky Utecht said...

The GP's can be a challenge, that's for sure. I think they are the coolest dogs though. Sounds like you are doing really well them Sabrina. They all look very sweet.

Lori Jean said...

Oh that new guy looks better even since Saturday! His face has a more confident look about it! Great job Sabrina!