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Impressive Results

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I found myself inexplicably overjoyed upon reading news from Cyndie yesterday morning that “all [eight] hens ran out of coop” together when she opened the hatch. A short time later, she found them all still together, hanging out in our woods. Just as we had read would happen, after a mere two days in the “broody breaker” cage we built, the uncontrolled urge to constantly lay in a nest box has been dispatched. It worked!

The two Golden Laced Wyandottes who went all broody on us are once again foraging along with the rest of the flock.

We couldn’t be happier over the results.

If only we could enjoy success like this when trying to adjust Delilah’s behavior.

Unrelated to any behavior concerns for our almost perfect pooch, I got my thumb bitten more painfully than ever a few days ago, when trying to wrangle a pull toy out of her mouth in her favorite game of tug-of-war.

She didn’t notice she got me, which I am happy about, because it wasn’t her fault at all and I didn’t want her to feel bad. I just had my thumb in the wrong place at the wrong time and it cost me one heck of a bruise, right at the nail bed. I get a frequent reminder when I type.

Luckily, the pressure didn’t break the skin.

I certainly learned of the impressive results of her bite, though.




Written by johnwhays

May 15, 2019 at 6:00 am

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  1. Have you tried putting your hand into her mouth in an exaggerated fashion? The truth is that most people pull their hand away sharply such that the dog doesn’t get the message. This is a simple case of paradoxical intention. You don’t move away from what you fear but towards it. In this way, not wanting to bite you, she opens her mouth wider and learns to be more careful. In this way, you both end up sharing your understanding of nature, for truly, as you know, she would never intentionally hurt you.

    Ian Rowcliffe

    May 15, 2019 at 7:23 am

    • That makes total sense. Yes, she had no intention of hurting me, as we were playing a favorite game. I just let my digit get where it didn’t belong in the excitement of the moment.


      May 15, 2019 at 7:38 am

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