An excellent example of Brut's tension with food.
Notice Silver slightly leaning to the right.
Giving treats to the Back Dogs with Brut around can be tricky. Brut with food can be dangerous. His entire demeanor changes when he knows I have treats. It gives him an adrenaline rush, like he is shot up on steroids.
I always keep a brush outside next to me on our outdoor table. One day I notice the dogs are in desperate need of brushing, I have no treats but do it anyways. It was a miracle. No tension, no anxiety, no lunging, no possessing. It had never occurred to me to brush them without treats. That was how I taught them and I believed they should be rewarded. I've been doing this for the last month and they still let me brush them. I am utterly amazed. I brushed them again tonight and I couldn't believe how calm and happy Brut's eyes were, how relaxed his body was and how easy going his manner was. This helped the other dogs relax and I had no problem brushing them either. It was such a joy. I couldn't believe how easy it had worked. Why hadn't I ever thought of this before???
A rare moment of Brut and Zappa laying together, touching and not fighting.