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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-29-2010, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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PD tail bristling

I have had three Pd's as companions. My first and most loved pet "Pup" was a real character. I was wondering if other Pd owners have witnessed this behavior: sometimes when I scolded him "Pup" would turn his back to me, turn front paws around and brush his bristled tail upwards. He would repeat this behavior several times taking a few steps forward before each brushing. All the while looking at me as to say "kiss my tail". Love to hear if anyone else has had this experience. He had a bag full of funny behaviors, but this was the one that really cracked my girlfriend and me up.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-29-2010, 09:17 PM
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Not to sound rude, but did you ever do any research on PD behaviour before getting them?

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Yes, I read practically everything availabe before getting my first Pd "PuP" and have kept Pd's for 15 years. I am very knowledgable about Pd behavior. This was an extremely comical behavior even for a Pd and none of my other Pds did this particular behavior. I was just wondering if this hilarious sight has been witnessed by other Pd owners. I knew what tail bristling meant, but this was a very complex and intentional act. I wish I had been able to get it on video.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-03-2010, 05:23 PM
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When they turn their back to you and their tail bristles and it goes upward then he or she is angry with you.

What ever you are doing to get this reaction, stop doing it.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-04-2010, 12:18 PM
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I've never seen mine brush their tail fur up like you describe.
Bristle? yes. Use their paws to brush up the fur? Never.

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I think the replies made by chinchi and lyris in response to this post were written in a sarcastic manner and were non helpful. Rather unnecessary.

It was clear to me the poster was asking about the brushing up behavior. And the poster clarified that in his/her reply but then got another curt response.

Something to think about....replying in a non snarky way is much more useful if the goal is to spark a discussion and hopefully provide education and information.

....Why would someone want to remain a member here and post questions if they are afraid they will be treated in a rude manner or made to feel they are ignorant?

I came here today to see if this was a place that I would like to spend time....and first impression... is not so good.

There are only a few places to discuss Prairie dogs... why drive people off? Isn't it better to foster participation in the forum by treating posters in an appropriate manner?
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-05-2010, 02:01 AM
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No I wasn't being sarcastic at all. I've owned prairie dogs for over ten years. I think I know a thing or two about them, but I still ask people who are experts questions.

Indeed when a prairie dog turns his or her back on you and his or her tail bristles they are angry, stop doing whatever you are doing and let them calm down. Sometimes they chirp and that also means that they are angry as well.

If these facts drive people away then they shouldn't own prairie dogs. The idea is to know what makes your pet happy or angry, or is harmful to them.
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That's awesome...I have left this forum due to snarky behavior ....and I just came here for a little bit and this is what I found...lighten up people...honestly


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I'm not angry with p_dog, I merely explained what I know about prairie dogs. I'm hoping p_dog isn't angry with me, but just misunderstood.

There have been too many people who have bought prairie dogs who don't take proper care of them and the poor creatures suffer for it. Hopefully they come here to learn so they can start caring and loving their babies the way they should be.

I don't believe there was snarky behavior on either side, but misunderstanding and concern.
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