This crazy little dog of mine is going to be the death of me one of these days…
A few months ago – early in the summer – the little monster snuck past me downstairs at the back door and tried to nip the Terminix guy on the ankle. (Thankfully, I grabbed her before she could bite and he was really nice about it. But I was mortified and Ducky got quite a scolding, in front of him.)
Then, last-week Monday when I went down to daycare to pick her up, I learned that she had gotten into quite a tussle with one of the other dogs over – are you ready for this? – one of the chairs! The way I understand it, Ducky and this other dog arrived on this chair within a split second of each other and Ducky bit the other dog on the ear. She acted like a spoiled-rotten little brat over a chair. And she lost all chair privileges for the rest of the afternoon. The other dog did not retaliate. She just walked away and ignored Ducky. When Maria told me about Ducky’s shenanigans, I was upset. Not with Maria, but with Ducky. I asked Maria if the other dog was okay and she assured me she was. “It was just a small, pinprick size bite, and it will heal quickly. Dogs will be dogs…” But biting another dog, other animal, or a human, is unacceptable behavior in our home; and isn’t tolerated without some form of punishment. So I was glad that Maria and her employees did not let Ducky get away with her nonsense and meted out the punishment of lost privileges. I called Maria on Tuesday to check on the other dog, and she’s fine. The bite had already scabbed over and was healing.
So, Ducky has been on probation yet again, all week. For the most part she has been a good girl. But last Wednesday, when I came home from a last-minute shopping trip to Target and PetSmart with a new (inexpensive) dog bed for the living room, the demonbrat side of her surfaced again. Ducky tried to claim the new bed for her own. As Shadow sniffed at it, the brat started growling at her. Hubby and I both scolded her as poor Shadow just walked away. We didn’t put the bed away; but Ducky knew why she was scolded…she didn’t make another sound the rest of the evening. A few times since then she has tried again to claim the bed, but she was scolded again each time.
Hope everyone has a safe, healthy, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!