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August 6, 2014

Negotiations: They’re Not Just For Humans

We negotiate with our pets every day. “If you sit, I’ll give you a treat.” “If you wait by the door, I’ll take you out.” But even when I’m not involved, I’ve noticed Eko and Penny can have some heated negotiations of their own. Penny had an
We negotiate with our pets every day. “If you sit, I’ll give you a treat.” “If you wait by the door, I’ll take you out.” But even when I’m not involved, I’ve noticed Eko and Penny can have some heated negotiations of their own. Rhodesian RIdgeback, puppy, photo, adventure, dogs, marking our territory

Penny had an ok napping spot, but she wanted to negotiate for better real esate

Rhodesian RIdgeback, puppy, photo, adventure, dogs, marking our territory

My little Goldilocks tossed and turned but couldn’t find the right spot

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So she began negotiations with a simple¬†offer – “Move over!”

Rhodesian RIdgeback, puppy, photo, adventure, dogs, marking our territory

As you can see from Eko’s face, he was not amused by the offer. He wasn’t \going to let Penny just walk all over him

Rhodesian RIdgeback, puppy, photo, adventure, dogs, marking our territory

Correction, yes he was going to let Penny walk all over him. At least literally, if not in negotiations

Rhodesian RIdgeback, puppy, photo, adventure, dogs, marking our territory

Penny made a strong offer of “Move or I will bite your head”

Rhodesian RIdgeback, puppy, photo, adventure, dogs, marking our territory

But Eko’s counter-offer was also compelling, “I have a bigger bite and you have a smaller head. You move.”

Rhodesian RIdgeback, puppy, photo, adventure, dogs, marking our territory

Penny conceded she had possibly overplayed her position

Rhodesian RIdgeback, puppy, photo, adventure, dogs, marking our territory

In the end, both parties amicably resolved the dispute

Whether it’s for space on the futon, chewing rights for the antler, or viewing time at the window, I’ve noticed Eko and Penny have their own system of negotiation. I certainly appreciate them keeping the peace on their own.

If you have multiple pets at home, how do you find they settle their differences?

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