Thread: Dog Question
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Old 12-12-2016, 08:14 AM
Mangetout Mangetout is offline
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Originally Posted by kayaker View Post
We have a house/pet sitter who spoils our dogs rotten when we go away for a week.

When we return, it's kind of scary how happy the dogs are.
When I get home from work each day, my little dog appears so happy to see me that she can barely stand up (she's a young dog but appears literally overwhelmed with excitement to see me).

I am the 'big dog' in the house (that is to say that I'm fairly sure I have established myself as the pack leader in the eyes of the dog - and I have done this by behaving sort of like a 'big dog' - when the 'little dog' misbehaves, I firmly (but gently) pin her down by the neck, get in her face and put on a growly voice to say "I'm the big dog. You're the little dog. Got that?") - it's hard to say whether she's acting out of genuine affection or if it's just submissive behaviour to the established pack leader.
I guess it eventually comes down to the 'philosophical zombie' question. I can't tell what's going on, if anything, in the head of another human, let alone a dog, but it makes sense to assume certain things.

Last edited by Mangetout; 12-12-2016 at 08:15 AM.