The only dog he may bark at is his archenemy across the street. It's the one that claimed our yard prior to our moving here. I think Charlie has finally marked out all alien marking. LOL
But the fact that he doesn't bark, but runs to the fence - front or back - to stare at the threat.
I think, he has changed his response due to the small dogs that lives up hill. The female Belle is a real barker and has become the neighborhood alert barker.
She even barks when Charlie is out at any time. I mention her as Charlie pays her no mind except for a glance in her direction.
Unless she is in alert mode. Then he immediately runs to the fence along the road from wherever he is.
I've been watching this new behavior for a few weeks. But it took a few days for me to realize it was a permanent behavior.
Charlie also is still sitting in the middle of the back yard to watch me continue to do laps. Though he has started to wander to various spots in the yard by himself, so that I have to, if he doesn't come, locate him and walk towards him. Then we may do a dance of come to me, veer off, come to me, veer off, until I get behind him and point to the front door.
At that point he walks in front of me - maybe to the door, if he veers toward the small grassy area by the gate, I verbally make a sound and he changes direction back to the door.
i lot of what I do is with sounds or gestures. We don't make many comments anymore. I may talk to myself or charlie but it not at him but just verbal notes about plants, etc. He ignores anything NOT a command. Which I say in a soft voice.
It's rather amazing that we are so good together.
If he is walking in front of me he turns his head to make sure I am still behind him. But what is most impressive is when we just walk together on the path - no ball during these times - he is right on my left and he is so intent that his head moves constantly taking everything in.
I am so impressed by him. I had a similar relationship with Blue. Though he was a working dog. Charlie is definitely a hunter. His brain works in a completely different way from Blue.
Charlie and Blue are my two male "Special" dogs. While Tasha and I went to nursing homes together. She was people oriented and was my female "Special" dog. I loved all my dogs - but not all of them had that extra special something.
Now for Chance's behavior change. I have had him for decades. He was born in 78(?) when he was bought at 6 weeks in California during the summer. So that makes him 42 give or take.
Currently, since I moved him to the East/South facing window he has begun to drag him long chain of toys - blocks, rings and other shapes - with a huge xmas bell on the bottom.
Since I moved him I now find the end of the string, i.e. the bell, in his food dish. The string is hung on the opposite side of the cage - big cast iron cage 4ft x 2ft x 2ft.
I find that amazing. LOL It is the first time I have seen any physical habit lit this. I can't tell if it is a happy habit or a complaint. LOL
I do know the Chance and Charlie are in touch over their fruit treats. They will both alert me when I am late or have forgotten to give them to me. Charlie by standing by me and issuing a single bark no more frequent than a minute apart. While Chance Yells, or meows, or calls at the same time. It is hard to not get their message. LOL Once I give them their carrot/apple bits - allis quiet once more. LOLOL
What do you think???
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