'Not only is punishment risky, but it also fails to teach the dog an acceptable alternate behaviour. The dog does not learn what to do the next time he is in the same situation. He only learns to fear the situation.' Emma Parsons, Click to Calm p73

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Old Girldog ('Fatdawg') has left the building.

The Dog Warden came about half an hour ago and took away the overweight  pretty damn chubby  slightly chunky old girldog. She doesn't have a microchip, so the Warden can't take her back. Now, the Warden will keep her for a couple of hours in her office, and if after two or so hours nobody has called in asking about her (and none of the messages from last night on their answerphone are about her), the old girl will be put in the kennels, where she'll stay for a week. If she's still not been picked up, she'll be put up for adoption then.

There's no chance of her being euthanised, unless she gets aggressive toward the staff there - which I can't see happening. She didn't seem to have any food aggression or issues with being touched (I handfed her some kibble, but she was also happy to lick peanut butter out of a hollowed-out bone with me a couple of feet away, without hard body language or glances in my direction); her only problem was growling at the girls, though that could have been because she was on-lead and they both weren't - just to keep everyone safe.

If the owners pick up the old dog, the Warden is going to contact us to let us know. I really hope they do! She's such a cutie, and she was whining for her family last night (until she was put in Mum's room to sleep, when we all went to bed).

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