Dog Greeting Behavior - Buffy Greeting Visitors Properly
Woof! Woof! Hello you guys! Polite dog greeting behavior is important if you want to make a good impression. 

My track record for welcoming guests into our home has not been good. Not good at all!

Look! I'm not a people's doggie. Unless it's mommy and a few other humans.

Fluffy, on the other hand, loves humans. She's way too soft. Making friends left and right.

Unfortunately, I had to adjust my behavior and learn proper greeting skills. Mommy does not like the way I do things and my main job is to make her happy.

Here are a few things I've learned about greeting intruders. I mean visitors! 

Buffy Greeting Visitors "Properly"

1. Making sure mommy knows visitors arrived

Alerting Renza is the first thing to do when I hear someone at the gate. I have a special bark for visitors that Fluffy copied. 

It's a mix between a bark and a howl. She tells everyone I taught her the bark but she actually stole it, you guys. I know yes. Very creepy!

It's important to have different barking sounds or else your human will be clueless when you try to alert them. 

When someone knocks at the gate, we bark and mommy comes out to see who it is.

She'll sigh a bit because uninvited guests are the worst. Call before you come people! How hard is that?

2. The welcoming party and sniffing

Next, we need to make sure the visitors are welcomed properly. This is where things get a little awkward.

Buffy and Fluffy dogs greeting visitors.
Preparing the welcoming party

I need to make sure they smell 'right' first by sniffing them. Fluffy starts jumping on them while I smell. 

If they smell 'wrong' then I use my intruder alert bark on them. It's a little louder than my other barks. 

I practiced it a lot on Snowy when he used to live here. What?! He tried to take over. Mommy still thinks her Snow-snow is innocent. 

Snowy the backstabber has one bark for everything. Yep! Totally useless. But we used him as an amplifier when competing in barking competitions. Not completely useless. He's doing fine btw. Anyway, enough about him.

Next, Fluffy dances at their feet and I'll let them know they're unwelcome. Yes, I know, I know the visitors are getting mixed signals from us but it's not my fault that Fluffy can't smell wrong humans!

If they smell 'right', don't talk and make no eye contact then I'll let them pass. 

3. Long coats trigger

Look! I'm not going to lie to you. People with long coats freak me out. They are super shady and I'm sure they're hiding stuff. Not good stuff!

Mommy says I'm being paranoid but I'm just protecting the pack. I do some coat pulling and there's some screaming. Hey! At least I don't bite. I'm harmless you guys!

4. Don't bite

Biting is not my thing. Well unless it's in self-defense. One thing I do know is that biting for no reason is wrong.

People can be super annoying but biting should be the last resort. Maybe a little growling is fine. Just a little.

I growl or yawn if my personal space is invaded. Respect my boundaries and we won't have a problem.

I invade your space, not the other way around. 

5. Hang out around visitors

This is very important, you guys. I always make sure I'm in close proximity to the visitors. They normally get yummy treats so I stare at them until something falls on the floor or they share with us.

Fluffy welcoming guests
Fluffy the Stalker

Oh and continuing to guard the human while staring straight into a guest's mouth is a multitasking skill I'm really good at.

Fluffy gets a bit creepy and stalks the visitors. There's a fine line between stalker, shadow and just hanging out. 

Fluff does not care about boundaries. She follows me everywhere and copies whatever I do. Like that crazy white female movie. It's not funny you guys! Help me!

6. To jump or not to jump

This is a sensitive topic. A lot of people don't like it when dogs jump on them. But mommy loves it!

Well, I'm not sure how she feels about strange dogs jumping on her. I guess this is the main problem. If a dog you don't know runs to greet you, it's normal to get a little freaked out.

If mommy does not want us to jump on her she'll just turn her back. Very rude yes. Fluffy will then hug her ankles tight and try to trip her. Not kidding!

Don't worry! Fluff's cuteness makes up for her evilness. I'm not making this up. It's a universal law or something. Cute cancels out evil.

Dogs are crazy. I'm crazy! Just calm down. Sure you'll get some dog hair on your clothes, you'll get invasively sniffed and you might smell  'wrong'. 

Smelling wrong could just be your fear giving off a stench or maybe you have another dog's scent on you. Like our neighbor that smells like his dog who bit me. 

I try my best to make sure he knows I was wronged. Mommy thinks it's funny that he's scared of a cuddly fluffy dog. 

Buffy cuddly guard dog.

Luckily they are moving in a few days. Good riddance! The pack will celebrate once they're gone. 

Dogs feed off a human's energy. Renza had to become crazier in order to match Fluff and my energy. Well, she was always nuts but hid that side of her. We showed her it's ok to be a little weird. 

It immediately made her our favorite human. Plus she's our food source. If Fluff gets too crazy then mommy uses a calm voice, head scratches or tummy rubs to calm her down. 

That's it, you guys. I've gotten much better at greeting visitors since Fluffy arrived. They seem less scared now. Just don't wear coats or stink then I'll welcome you with open paws.

Time to go now.  I just heard a car pull up. This next part might get unnecessarily loud but if they didn't want to be greeted by us then they should've stayed home.

Woof! Argooooooof!

Author: Buffy
Job: Guard dog, part-time blogger, Alpha dog, part-time chef
Future plans: Be the cuddliest dog in the whole wide world
Likes: Playing, eating and sleeping
Dislikes: Grooming and food thieves

Pic credit: Pics of Buffy and Fluffy taken by Renza. Pixabay pics Renza edited.

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Dog Table Manners - How to Eat Properly
Ruff! Hello, my fluffy pack! As your future queen, I've had to learn how to eat properly. Dog table manners go hand in hand with queendom.

I can tell you now already that Buffy did not teach me eating skills. He eats like an animal! You'd think since domestication that our species would have been more civilized by now, but nope. 

Snowy also eats like Buffy so I'm assuming it's an epidemic. Humans aren't too worried about eating properly either. Food falling on the floor is proof of this.

Let's look at how you can improve your eating skills.

Basic dining etiquette for dogs

1. Chew your food

You'd think this one is obvious but it's not. Buffy swallows his food whole. I wish I was kidding.

Mommy has to mince his food like a baby or else it gets stuck in his throat. How hard is it to chew? Geez!

Teeth are not just for threatening the human, it's used for chewing food too. Use it!

2. Take breaks between mouthfuls

I know it's tempting to eat all your food up without stopping but it's a bad idea. Mommy has to make sure Buffy doesn't choke because of swallowing too much food at once. 

It's the only time he gets yelled at. Mr. Cant-do-wrong has bad eating habits. Finally a skill I can teach him!

Buffy eating Fluffy's food
Buffy eating my food in front of me

Taking a breather is advisable. I take my time and eat slowly.  Renza mommy says I eat like a lady. I'm a Queen! Get the title right human!

3. Eat up all your food

Leaving leftovers is a big no-no. Well with one exception. If it's that dried junk mommy gives us then you can leave leftovers.

That's the only food Buffy chews so we get a lot of it. A lot! This is why point nr. 1 is so important. 

If you don't chew, the human will give you more dried food because it's not as yummy and they know you'll chew it so that it goes down easier.

This spiral effect must be avoided. If you find yourself in a situation where you've been getting just dried food then don't worry.  Just go on a food strike.

I've been on a few strikes so I know how effective they are in getting what you want.

A food strike is where you have to refuse to eat. 

I know it's hard but it's worth it.  When the human starts wondering why you're not eating, all your favorite dishes will suddenly appear out of nowhere.

It depends on you if you're willing to hold out for the good stuff. Humans are slow and lazy. You might have to wait a while.

4. Bowls are optional

Look! Personally, I can eat food off anything. The ground, mommy's hand, a chair, a mat. Anything! Bowls aren't necessary.

Fluffy discussing empty food bowl
Discussing empty bowl with mommy

Unfortunately, the humans prefer bowl eating so it's something that's expected of us. Luckily I only listen sometimes or else floor food will get wasted.

We all know to waste food is a doggy sin. The 5-second rule does not exist!

5. Smell before eating

Not everything is yummy or eatable. I've done some extensive taste testing of everything around here.

It's normally followed by mommy screaming, chasing me and forcing my mouth open. It's not my fault that things are just lying around. 

In my defense, I'm still learning and very curious. Anyway, I know now that I have to smell first then eat.

Mommy also taught me the swop trick where I trade her for whatever I have in my mouth. Normally with something better smelling.

6. Begging for food

Dogs are really good at begging for food. All it takes is sad eyes and staring at the human until they cave. Believe me, they will cave eventually. 

This only works if you're in close proximity to the human when they're eating. They will try to distance themselves from you because they are weak. 

dogs begging for food
Buffy's expert sad eyes look
Your job is to get their attention by doing something they don't like. They'll come to check up on you and yell a bit. Soon after, the weaklings will feel guilty and you'll be stuck by their side.

Let the begging begin!

7. Should you bin raid?

Sometimes food goes from the human's plate straight into the garbage bin. Why? I wish I knew. The horror!

Leftovers are supposed to go straight into a dog's mouth. We were made to consume leftovers.

In case a mixup like this occurs then bin raiding is an option to correct the mistake. Buffy
is a professional bin raider but refuses to teach me his garbage eating dog skills. The nerve!

Don't worry! As long as I'm right behind him while he tips the bin over, then I get to enjoy yummy garbage food too.

What?! Geez! We're dogs. This is what we do.

That's it my fluffy pack. I hope you don't eat like Buffy. Remember the worse you eat, the worse the eatables will get.

Food is what makes us doggies happy. Got to go now. I see Buffy trying to eat my dried junk food. Excuse me while I go yell at him!

Ruff! Ruff!

Author: Fluffy
Job: Doing puppy work, part-time blogger, a world leader in training.
Future plans: World domination
Likes: Biting hands, destroying everything in sight, playing, stalking, digging, cuddles and tummy rubs.
Dislikes: Baths, self-cloning Needleman and not getting my way.

Pic credit: Fluffy(me) and Buffy posing for pics Renza took and edited. Main pic from Pixabay.

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The Art of Hiding From Your Human - Buffy Dog Tips - dog hiding.
Woof! Woof! Hello you guys! Hiding from your human is a necessary skill that all dogs should have. If you have not mastered the art of hiding then don't worry. I have 9 years of experience in dodging humans. That means I'm an expert hider.

My loyal followers should know by now that I'm a bit of an introvert like mommy and we love spending time alone. Making myself invisible comes naturally even though it's hard to miss a big ball of white fluff(me).

That's one of the reasons why I hate baths. The cleaner I am, the more visible I become. But there are different reasons why doggies hide. Not all dogs are reclusive like me.

Why do dogs hide?

Well, 90% of the time dogs hide is because of humans. You see, the problem with humans is that they can be super annoying.

There's constant baths, grooming, Needleman visits, meds to swallow and a lot of other things that doggies really hate. Really, really!

The other 10% probably hide because they are not feeling well. In that case, a Needleman visit is necessary. Mommy knows me well enough to see when something is wrong or if I'm just annoyed. Grrr!

Us doggies have psychic abilities and know intuitively when it's time to hide. Mommy first thought it was because I listened to certain words, but even without words, I know. Without actions too.

That means it's not bad timing that gets you caught, but the places you choose to hide are probably not the best. Under a blanket? Geez!

I have a few favorite hiding places that I found works well.

Best hiding places for dogs

1. Under the car

The best thing about under the car is that the human will not slide under there. They can't move the car either because you're under it. Their only option is to bribe you. We'll discuss bribing later.

2. At the back of your dog house

The dog house can be used in your defense strategy. It only has one entrance. Anyone that comes through that entrance will be destroyed by you and your razor-sharp teeth.

Buffy dog hiding in dog house.
Defending dog house entrance

Don't forget that you're an animal even though you are being treated like a cuddly teddy bear or a 2-year-old child. I'm not sure what level of crazy your human is on.

3. Under the bed

Bonus on this one! There might be shoes or other chewable stuff underneath the bed to help pass the time. You might be under there for a while. It's like the car but inside the house.

Hiding in a corner, behind the sofa or underneath a table are also acceptable hiding spots.

There are lots of other places to hide but make sure they all meet the following criteria.

Criteria for good hiding places

  • Should be low enough so that the human can't fit. 
  • Must be heavy enough so that it's hard to move. 
  • Must have the ability to allow you to defend the entry point.


Once you've found the perfect hiding spot, the human will get desperate. This is when they'll introduce you to "the bribe".

What is bribing?

Bribing is when someone gives you something in exchange for your cooperation. Normally the other party (you) should not accept the bribe willingly unless it's worth your while.

The human will first take out your favorite toy. Oh please! The toy is always there. Hard pass! If you fall for the "here's your toy" trick then you need to rethink your life choices. Remember you control the human, not the other way around.

Next comes the treats aka yum-yums.

Unfortunately, 80% of doggies will crack in the first 1 to uhmm 10 min of smelling a treat. They are weak!

The rest will hold out for another 10 min and the remaining 1% will not fall for the bribe. My numbers might be off but I'm on a roll. So shhhh!!!

Bribing dog with treats.
Fluffy accepting bribes

I fall into the 1% group. I'm experienced with dog stuff and don't easily fall for human tricks. Unfortunately, I have a Renza as a mommy. 

She uses her evil manipulation skills on me. Or tries to. She's really mean, you guys!

Her favorite trick is to eat a big plate of food close to my hiding spot while pretending I'm not there. Omg! The horror!

To make things worse, Fluffy joins her. Double nerve! All I can do is watch at this point and rethink my strategy. 

Food is my kryptonite and mommy knows it. Fluffy eating without me is just wrong. Luckily Renza has done this before and I learned from it.

It might be hard to see yummy food being eaten in front of me but abandoning the mission is a no-no. Mommy is a weakling and I know sad eyes is all it takes to break her.

She'll eventually give up after I've eaten half her food without having to leave my hiding spot. Thanks for the yum-yums mommy! She's also lazy and that means I have an advantage over most dogs.

Fluffy dog hiding under car
Fluffy hiding under mommy's car

Fluffy has learned the 'hiding under the car' skill but she has a good recall and comes every time mommy says her name. No treats needed!

Don't worry! Fluffy is still young and have not endured all the annoying human behaviors long enough to get fed up yet.

But she's starting to see the truth and that always coming when being called is a bad idea. There's not always good stuff waiting at the other end. Luckily Fluff has me to show her the ropes.

Buffy and Fluffy dogs caught after hiding.

That's it, you guys. I hope you'll work hard at improving your hiding skills. If not, good luck to you and everything you will have to endure from your lack of skills.

Got to go now. I just heard the words "water" and "shampoo". That's my cue! Time to make myself invisible.

Woof! Woooooof!!

Author: Buffy
Job: Guard dog, part-time blogger, Alpha dog, part-time chef
Future plans: Be the cuddliest dog in the whole wide world
Likes: Playing, eating and sleeping
Dislikes: Grooming and food thieves

Pic credit: Pics of Buffy and Fluffy taken by Renza. Pixabay pics Renza edited.

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