Oh You Little Monkey!

Little Monkey - Always ready for Mischief

Little Monkey – Always ready for Mischief

I always say I won’t adopt a dog that I can’t handle. I have to be able to lift her into, and out of, the car by myself. I have to be strong enough that she won’t pull me down the street, when instinct takes over, all her training goes up in smoke as she goes haring after a cat or squirrel. This is one reason why Mr Spaghetti Legs is smaller than Little Monkey.

However, LM is still giving me a hard time!

The other day I’d walked my dogs most of the way round the block. I’d intended to go a little farther to the park, but the wind was cold and old SL was hobbling, so we kept it short.

I was waiting to cross the road when a car pulled up on the opposite side, and the guy asked for directions to a street nearby. I crossed over and started discussing with him where the road was. It’s a bit of a rabbit warren around our neighbourhood so we were having quite a chat, me with me head in the passenger side window, my dogs waiting patiently at the side.

Next thing LM bounds forwards, barking, and pulls me right off my feet. Fortunately it was a grass verge, but still! There I am, stretched out full length, and scrabbling to my feet, trying to reel her in at the same time, when she lunges forwards and pulls me over again!

I finally get her close enough and shove her into a down.

What caused all this? A neighbour had come round the corner with his small little floor mop dog, and LM freaked out! I mean really? *Still, after all these years? (I’ve had her over eight years.)

Freak over, she’s fine again. And get this, my neighbour is apologising to me! Of course, I apologised back profusely, but people are beginning to realise poor old LM is just anxious and overreacts. Once stopped and given time she’s fine again.

But the end result of all this is that she has wrenched my right wrist quite badly, and also my arm and shoulder. I can feel it all seizing up as I type this!

Next dog I get will have to be a Teacup Yorkie!!

 

*post script: Why does LM react this way? Before I adopted her, she was unsocialised for the first 18 months of her life. She missed out on all the important things a dog needs to learn, to be sociable and get along with other dogs; such as meeting lots of different dogs (and people) and exploring many different environments. A more balanced, confident dog may have coped with this lack of socislisation in its early life, but LM is an anxious dog, way down the pecking order of the pack, at the Omega end. She will never completely overcome her early upbringing, though we have made huge improvements.

What would LM have done if she had escaped the lead? She’d have run towards the little dog barking, stopped a few metres away, turned and trotted back to me. I think you’ll all agree this is not normal behaviour!

Why does LM freak out? She goes into instant terror when she sees another dog suddenly appear, from round the corner etc. She takes much longer than the average dog to understand that the new dog is not a threat. (Lack of puppy socialisation.)

That being said, she is superb at reading dog energies, and half the problem is that most of the dogs we encounter are not balanced. Their owners think their dogs are fine, but what I see, and what LM certainly sees, is a dog out in front of its owner, pulling on the lead, in the position of pack leader; a dog with high energy, or anxious energy; a dog all over the place and not listening to its owner. The calm, confident dogs we meet on our walks are very few and far between. Mr Spaghetti Legs is one, but of course, Little Monkey is not!

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36 thoughts on “Oh You Little Monkey!

  1. Pingback: You Are Still A Little Monkey! | Mad Cap Dog

    1. scifihammy Post author

      LM is rather unique in her ‘oddness’, but she was just scared – and my fault for not keeping a look out for ‘dangerous’ floor mop dogs!!
      My shoulder is soooo sore 😦 but it will heal eventually, thanks for asking πŸ™‚

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      1. scifihammy Post author

        Yes! Since she did not have the right kind of stimulation as a puppy, her brain (and social skills) did not develop fully, so she will always react this way – or so I have read. So, basically she is still a baby in her head 😦

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  2. Genie

    Unfortunately, dogs have triggers — they can go from 0 to 1000 in excitability; I know this from experience, I’ve had dogs who have very few triggers and are easy to take care of… no leash, no jumping up on people, etc., to dogs that are a handful and a half!
    But I love them all, it’s just next time I’ll make sure I get a dog that’s small enough to handle if its got a lot of triggers, and one never knows this at 8 weeks when they get the pup, so the best thing is to get an appropriate sized dog, says she (me) who never has done so before! lol

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      haha Thank you for this πŸ™‚ It’s so true that a lot of it is simply the dog’s nature. I adopt adult dogs. so at least I know their size, but rescued dogs do come with a lot of baggage. πŸ™‚

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Yes, that’s true up to a point. There will always be the nervous ‘runts’ of the pack, but I still think my own dog LM would have been more balanced if I’d got her as a puppy, even if always on the anxious side. πŸ™‚

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  3. Lucy

    Ugh sorry about that. I hope didn’t get injured too bad. Dogs can be quite strong. I heard about another similar story, of a friend with a really large dog, who dragged him on the grass, after his neighbor yelled “Cookieeee” just for the fun of it hahah.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      I’ll live thanks! πŸ™‚ This is it – you can train your dog as much as possible, but when instinct (or a cookie) takes over you haven’t a chance!

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  4. Aditix

    That`s a lovely picture of her. It’s nice that you gave her a good home. Do you ever get frustrated when she pulls you over? (the way you describe it is funny). πŸ™‚

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Yes I do get frustrated with LM sometimes; especially when the dog she is scared of is some tiny little thing! (size means nothing to a dog – it is all energy and attitude.) But she can’t help it as she is acting out of fear. This last instance was my fault for not keeping a look out!

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  5. Garfield Hug

    I am so sorry to hear of your injury. Poor you ;-( I am glad there was a grass verge else worst. Next dog…beagle…I heard they are quite nice and slow or get miniatures such as chihuahuas. I like big dogs as small dogs bite more and half the time, I worry about stepping on them as they are “small”. LM must be sheepish after that din! Plse take care. Ice your shoulder and hopefully you did not tear a tendon.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Aw, Thank you for your concern, but as a friend once said to me “You’re a tough old bird!” Which is true! I’m a bit sore, (with a nice purple bruise where the lead pulled) but healing well thank you πŸ™‚
      As for LM, as soon as I’d calmed her down and the other dog had gone she was back to normal. As you know, I don’t adopt the easy dogs, so being pulled off my feet once very 5 years is fine by me πŸ™‚

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      1. Garfield Hug

        Brave gal! Kind hearted too and our local culture and belief says, ” you will be blessed and no harm shall befall you” Garfield hugs for your kindness to 2 feet and 4 paws…:-)

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  6. quiall

    I understand your concerns! I have always trained our dogs with me as the alpha and rarely had a problem. Our last dog was a boxer. Very strong. I have had a few wrenched arms. It is had to see dogs out walking who are not well trained, and that is most of them. Take care of yourself.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Yep, my only problems have been with LM, as the poor dog is still so unbalanced from her early life, despite me taking her to socialisation classes every week for over 8 years. This incident was my fault for not keeping a look out. Mostly she is super well behaved/trained, but fear is a very strong feeling and overcomes all training.

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