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The houseyard dogs develop strong bonds, and mutual grooming is an important tool to achieve this:

 

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The houseyard dogs develop strong bonds, and mutual grooming is an important tool to achieve this:

 

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Nice shots, Ray, good looking dogs.
Ray: Thank you, Frank.

I would describe these as typical Thailand dogs...smallish, generally docile, except when defending their house-yard territory...used only as pets or, occasionally, food.
I love that! Cats and horses regularly groom each other (as do primates of course) - but I never think of dogs doing the same thing! How wonderful - and you've gotten great shots of this!
Ray: Dogs seem to do it even more than cats, Elizabeth, and it is interesting to see it is not strictly related to "pecking order" behaviour.
i like these two shots Ray... the two dogs from next door spend most of their time on our deck... and the do the same thing...
i know a lot of people who should learn from them....petersmile
Ray: I am more into grooming others, and allowing others to do it to me, since coming to Thailand, Peter...it is a very common behaviour in this country.
We have a lot to learn from our 4-legged friends, Ray, I'm sure!
Ray: Certainly dogs and other animals are better at mutual grooming than are humans, Ginnie.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 22 Aug 2014, 06:30
Y' can't beat a bit o' mutual groomidge - eh!
Ray: I concur, Chris...Na plucks my face hairs a couple of times each week, and I repay by plucking her axilla...very enjoyable transaction...
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 22 Aug 2014, 07:08
They look like good, true, useful fellows!
Ray: They are useful to each other, Philine, but the only thing they do for me is wake me several times each night with barking, baying and battling sessions...they are neighbours' dogs.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 22 Aug 2014, 07:17
An important function in living peacefully together, Ray
Ray: Indeed...key behaviour for peaceful co-existence, Lisl.
A bit like bankers and politicians
Ray: Hairy, four-legged animals, are they, Bill?
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Aug 2014, 08:01
All working together. Blackie looks to be slightly embarrassed by such actions.
Ray: Blackie might be somewhat bemused as he is at least two steps down the pecking ladder from Brown.
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 22 Aug 2014, 08:28
Give and take.
Ray: Sounds like a winning tactic, Richard.
  • gutteridge
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 22 Aug 2014, 08:47
Just look at those fangs Ray.
Ray: Dogs are well equipped in that department, Chad.
A few bits of extra food for payment. You never know. Perhaps fleas are delicious.
Ray: I think this is all about "scratch mine and I'll scratch yours", Mary...fleas might be a bonus.
Delightful shots, Ray.
Ray: I am not really a dog person, Tom, but am beginning to respect them for their interesting behaviours.
great couple of shots Ray, i knew that stray dogs tend to stay in a pack but never observed this grooming practice.
Ray: I have only been interested in dogs a short time, Ayush, but am beginning to see quite complex behaviours that are clearly designed to make a group harmonious.

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