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22 February 2005 @ 07:03 am
You hurt my feelings!  
We have now had our little Vinnie for 2.5 weeks and he is more than we could've dreamed of, really. He is such a good little boy. So smart and sweet.

In any case, I've read in alot of places beforehand that Bostons are very sensitive and get their feelings hurt easily. Lately, this has been Vinnie to a Tee! As a puppy, of course he's hearing "NO!" alot. More often than not, this means he runs for the safety of his crate in his 'room' and sits there by himself for 10-30 minutes. As you can well imagine, this breaks our heart!

We're a little concerned that he's going to end up being a super-sensitive doggie though and this is hurting his trust with us, although I keep telling myself it's 'just a phase'.

So my question is... did your Boston seem to go through a phase of super-sensitivity?
Sara Raesarakenobi on February 22nd, 2005 06:41 am (UTC)
There isn't much you can do, other than reassure him when he is doing good stuff, so you focus more on the yay! than the no! Lucy did that too, and it so breaks your heart. She knows when you are mad and tries so hard to be good, but every now and then.... we just reassure her by cuddling her and praising her excessively when she does stuff right, rather than beingso forceful when we say no... i'm not sure if that makes sense?

be more ecstatic when he does good stuff and less so when he is bad, because he will work better with the praise if he is so sensitive? gah. can't explain it any better.
Amber: Ashtonchancepuppeh on February 22nd, 2005 06:41 am (UTC)
YES! Ashton still does that sometimes. They are VERY sensitive to the tone of your voice. It's easy to dicipline a Bostie with just the tone of your voice.

The first time I told Ashton "NO" when he was a puppy, he whimpered for a good 5 minutes and wouldn't come next to me. Naturally, I cried, because I thought that my ittle bitty puppy hated me.

Now, if I tell him "NO" or he knows he did something he wasn't suppose to do, he will sit quietly in his kennel and just look at me with those sad eyes.

Don't worry, they forgive you. Ashton is my little buddy.
vishusvishus on February 22nd, 2005 06:42 am (UTC)
Kong was very sensitive for awhile. He is still sensitive but it is different. Now he knows when he did something wrong and he will come to me with his head down. He then quickly forgets what he did and starts playing again.
Jenspecialmonkey on February 22nd, 2005 07:14 am (UTC)
my boyfriend's dog is like that to a certain degree. He gets the pitiful face and backs off if he hears "no" or (if he's playing too rough) "ow".. But the words "it's ok" make him do a complete turn around and he's his same crazy hyper self again.
I'm just a girlcute_bunny on February 22nd, 2005 07:22 am (UTC)
Bostons and Frenchies are very sensitive to the tone of our voices. When I first yelled NO at Roxie, she looked so sad a pathedic I immediately scooped her up and showered her with kisses. Counterproductive, I know, but I can't stay mad at such a pathedic smooshy face!!!! I feel so aweful when I yell at her, but as she's gotten older I yell less and less, and usually it just takes a stern look from me instead of a stern voice, and she'll know she did something wrong. And NOW after I yell at her, I wait a whole 10 seconds before I scoop her up and shower her with kisses ;)
Genevieve: gargoyle rebelalwaysgenevieve on February 22nd, 2005 10:07 am (UTC)
They still are super duper sensitive.. Tink is seven, Rebel who is insanely sensitive is 3... and Hog isnt so much yet but he is only 4 1/2 months.
Lola: lucy saying ohloladewey on February 22nd, 2005 01:28 pm (UTC)
We adopted a female boston that would go stand with her back to us and stare at the curtains when anyone was scolded (that included the kids). We thought maybe she was giving herself a time out. It was funny to see.