This week's question is courtesy of Krunch54: If you have more than one dog, how do they communicate with each other?
Here's his example from the last anything-goes thread:
"Siopao is the Alpha of my two and is the strong silent type. I take great delight in watching Shadow initiate activity when he gets bored. He'll go into a challenge stance and maybe let out a sound like "Aroooooo!" to try to get her attention. If that doesn't work, he might try swatting Siopao until he goads her into some kind of response. If she gets annoyed with his antics, she'll snarl and snap her teeth and swat back. This usually results in a play-fight, with wrestling, snarling and barking, finally ending in Shadow mounting Siopao, which is probably what he really wanted in the first place!"
I would have to concur. Jillie is the less dominant of my two Yorkies but also the more playful. She initiates interaction by chasing Eddie while on walks. If Eddie's in a playful mood, he'll chase back -- which is what Jillie really wants. She'll turn tail and hit a gear that Eddie doesn't have and circle a couple times until he's dizzy following her before she zooms in for another attack.
If Eddie's not in a playful mood, he'll race to me for protection because he knows I won't allow Jillie to pester him if he's not into it. If I'm not around, he can stop her cold with a stare, body posture or snarl.
As for Rusty, my Lab, he mostly communicates through barking. If he hears one of the other dogs bark in the yard, he's the first out there. And vice-versa, his barks at the window bring the other dogs to his aid. If Jillie tries to play with him, he mostly ignores her and repositions himself.