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Old 4th March 2016, 8:22 PM   #1
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Whenever I lie on the floor my Dalmatian tries to tea bag me. I'm wondering if this is some sort of respect issue or if it is a sign of affection. I hate it when I get tea bagged in Counter Strike so having it happen in real life is pretty disappointing.

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Old 5th March 2016, 1:36 AM   #2
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What precisely do you mean? Does he back over you, or?

(no, it's not a sign of either respect or affection)
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Old 5th March 2016, 1:40 AM   #3
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Usually when dogs do things such as sit on your feet (tbag who knows) it is a sign that you are their biach.
You need to tbag the dog daily until he knows your boss
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It's probably nothing unless you find him camping your spawn next time.
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Old 5th March 2016, 2:04 PM   #5
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He just straddles me and squats. I don't know how far he would go as I tend to lift him up before things get awkward for both of us.
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Old 5th March 2016, 8:49 PM   #6
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can you film it and send it to the daily telegraph sports section
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Old 5th March 2016, 10:21 PM   #7
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Best thing to do is speak to an animal behaviourist.

Could be something simple he will grow out of or something needing attention.
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Old 5th March 2016, 11:13 PM   #8
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Imo it is a dominant behaviour. I would be nipping it in the bud.

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Are you acknowledging or ignoring him at the time?

At a guess, he's doing it because he wants your attention and you are ignoring it.

Could be viewed in the same way as when a dog sits on your feet, or across your lap.
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Old 5th March 2016, 11:59 PM   #10
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Best thing to do is speak to an animal behaviourist.
Is that a properly certified job they have to train and qualify for, to a reasonable standard, or something you can become by sending in the token from a box of Weetbix or just waking up one day and saying that's what you are?

There's a couple of vets on here so I'd hold off on spending money, or beating the animal, until you hear what they have to say. Give them a bit more information though. Has he still got his balls (it's only teabagging if he has but still confirm it)? Are there other pets? How often does he get exercise? Backyard? Sleeps where?
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Is that a properly certified job they have to train and qualify for, to a reasonable standard, or something you can become by sending in the token from a box of Weetbix or just waking up one day and saying that's what you are?
Let me google that for ya tiger.

http://www.pupi.com.au/amrex-behaviour.html

Degrees in Zoology and Psychology, plus very extensive training time with animals...usually around 20+ years.

So yes...it's "a properly certified job they have to train and qualify for".
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Do you discipline your dog when he does that? It sounds like a dominating behaviour, but regardless of whether it is or it isn't if you don't appreciate the treatment then train your dog out of it.

You're the pack leader, you're give the orders.
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Let me google that for ya tiger.

http://www.pupi.com.au/amrex-behaviour.html

Degrees in Zoology and Psychology, plus very extensive training time with animals...usually around 20+ years.

So yes...it's "a properly certified job they have to train and qualify for".
Believe it or not I'm more than aware that animal behaviour is something scientists study. However if you think that's most likely the type of person who'll turn up if you find one online or in the phonebook you're crazy.

What I was hoping for however is someone would know if there was a distinction or restriction in job titles between a tertiary or otherwise properly qualified expert who's proven they have the knowledge such as an engineer or electrician, or if it's the typical half-assed thing where there's no regulation at all such as car-stereo installer or computer technician.

http://www.careerfaqs.com.au/online-...viour-courses/
http://www.cabi.com.au/

Apparently not. (Cert II and below are generally common sense courses for people who don't have any).
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Believe it or not I'm more than aware that animal behaviour is something scientists study. However if you think that's most likely the type of person who'll turn up if you find one online or in the phonebook you're crazy.

What I was hoping for however is someone would know if there was a distinction or restriction in job titles between a tertiary or otherwise properly qualified expert who's proven they have the knowledge such as an engineer or electrician, or if it's the typical half-assed thing where there's no regulation at all such as car-stereo installer or computer technician.

http://www.careerfaqs.com.au/online-...viour-courses/
http://www.cabi.com.au/

Apparently not. (Cert II and below are generally common sense courses for people who don't have any).
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Pretty sure human psychology has absolutely no bearing on animal training. And zoology is entirely useless!

A true veterinary behaviourist is a specialist who has to sit exams to qualify, and also demonstrate more than an extended knowledge of animal behaviour, usually in more than just dogs and cats (horses etc).
It is a HIGHLY qualified position, and there are only a handful of true veterinary behaviourists in Australia.

There's loads of morons who think they know everything about training dogs though. And so many who don't know their ass from their elbow but love giving their opinions on training and behaviour.

Can you take a video of your Dalmatian's behaviour and post it up here? I can see if I can help, but no guarantees. It's probably a play behaviour, I've seen dogs sitting on each other like that and it definitely seems playful rather than dominant-aggressive.
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cant agree more with karigan, there are far too many twats out there that think they know it all when really they have no clue

it could be something as simple as your dog wanting affection... i know if i lie down on the ground my dog will come and jump on me for hugs and cuddles, then he gets excited and has no idea what to do so he stars licking, grooming and potentially mouthing me but i usually stop him before it goes that far. other people see it and say i have no control of him and he is biting me
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