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Really bugging me

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by SeaThreePeeO, Jul 19, 2009.

  1. SeaThreePeeO

    SeaThreePeeO PetForums VIP

    Sep 15, 2008
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    My mother has never really been what you would call an animal person. She's had pets in the past and hates animal cruelty, but I don't think she really gets what it is I get out of looking after and spending my time with my pets.

    Anyway I look after out old neighbours bitch labrador Holly when they go away on holiday and they return the favour when we need someone to watch Shen for the day etc. Holly and Shen are great friends and have been since the beginning. However if Holly and Shen haven't seen each other for a while they tend to partake in a bit of dominance mounting which is always discouraged, but as I understand it a perfectly natural behaviour in dogs.

    My mother happens to have the same week off work that I am looking after Holly. She wanted to take my eldest out to an animal park (for some reason she doean't want to take my youngest). I happened to mention that I had Holly that week so my mother goes off on one about the dominance mounting thing as she witnessed it the last time I had Holly round. Both are neutered and they tend to mount each other's heads.

    Apparently it is disgusting behaviour and the children shouldn't be seeing that sort of thing. She went on that it will also teach Shen to get up to things he shouldn't know about and soon he'll start doing that behaviour to the children.

    I know this is a load of poo because when we had Shen and Rex our other dog (both males) they did the same behaviour, but it was quickly stopped with distraction. Its not as if I leave Shen and Holly to do it and drag the children out to watch. After the first 20 minutes or so with distraction and firmness the behaviour is stopped in favour of running around the garden like loons and digging holes.

    So now my mother isn't coming round, not that I would want her to. But this has really bothered me and I do wonder what my mother thinks I am exposing the children to. Its not like I'm sitting them in front of porn on the tv.

    Why is this upsetting me so much? Am I crazy, but I feel really offended over this.
  2. rona

    rona Guest

    It's hard when it's your mother, especially as she is now refusing to come round.
    With anyone else it is easier to just shrug it off.
    I think it's a generation thing sometimes, what horrifies one generation is quite often accepted by the next.
    I don't think you can blame your mother for the times that she was bought up in, but also, you can't live in the modern world under her restrictive views
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