What does respectful disagreement look like in dogs. Do we give our dogs opportunity to learn this? We focus so much on teaching dogs how to play, that we forget that healthy social relationships are also about knowing how to decline play and how and when to walk away from it.
Here we have a lovely video of three of the farmies engaged in play. How about a close examination and an analysis.
At first, she was called the "site dog", who then became Sita or Syta and then the S softened to a Ch, just as our hearts softened for her. Thus she became Chaita and this is her story.
First, there was Elvis. He was Cheeru’s first friend in this place and I suspect he is still her favourite. Or perhaps Dude is her favourite. Do dogs have “favourites”?
This is the start of a series. An ethnography, if you will, of Cheeru and the free-living dogs around my farm - Chaita, Dude, Iti, Yaya, Elvis, Rita and Biscuit.