I have a whippet I have written on here before about. He is sooooo whimpy. The new puppy is always dominating him and he barely stands up for himself. Took them both to a dog park off leash. Another dog, Lovey, was there. She wanted to play with both of my dogs. Suddenly whippet wants to dominate/or something, by humping puppies head, or anything else he could get. He would roll her over on her back first. Got home and things are back to normal... Whimpy whippet. What in the world was he trying to say? kd7ign
Or maybe the whimpy the dog, in a new situation seems to see it as a chance to establish some rank with new dogs. These dogs are the wannabes. they are not truley dominate but wish they were. So any chance they get they try to establish some rank
I believe a dog's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment he holds dear, is when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-with a ball in his mouth."
My whippet is whimpy, bless his heart. He is scared of little kittens, anything new, some people, fireworks. I say it in a funny way. I love him to death. He is a good dog, just no guts. But I did figure out the problem. I think that at home the new pup is a natural leader and has done her best to alpha the older male. But when we went to the park, she was laying down and saying I am no threat and acting scared in the new situation with a new dog. The whippet took advantage of this sudden weakeness to show his dominance. As soon as we got home and she went back to her old alpha self, he went back to his not alpha self.