Both Ugg and Blue have been here for just over a week: Ugg for 8 days today, Blue for 10 days. Both came in with behavior issues. Ugg is a 70 pound Great Dane who still thinks he’s a 10 pound puppy. Blue is excitable too, but his major issue is jealousy and possessiveness.
Blue has been exhibiting this when I had the both of them in the yard at the same time. If Blue has a toy and Ugg comes to see what he has – not even trying to take it, just curious, Blue gets snarly and snappy with him. Same if I’m petting Blue and Ugg comes over. If I’m petting Ugg, Blue will come in and try to push Ugg – who is twice his size – out of the way and take over the affection fest.
It’s interesting that when they’re in their kennels, food and toys don’t seem to cause any issues. In fact I often find Blue’s toys in Ugg’s room, and the only way they could get there is if Blue is placing or holding them within Ugg’s reach.
When Blue acts out, it earns him an immediate and swift trip back to his kennel, where he stays for the rest of the play period, watching me play with Ugg. Lately I’ve been making sure the toys are put up before every joint play time. I’ve been working on getting Blue to take turns for my affection. He’s made strides in the past two days, and nearly every play session is now a joint session. That’s good because they both get doubled time in the yard this way.
Today they got hot from playing in the yard and decided to rest in the shade of my barn and watch me work in the garden.
Blue had found a yard bone and brought it with him. He wasn’t chewing on it, just sort of sitting on it.
I took a picture of them being good with my phone. My Handycam is out of commission right now. The phone makes a simulated shutter noise when it snaps a picture, and Blue hopped up to come over and see what that noise was. He left his bone behind.
Ugg reached over and snatched the bone.
When Blue went back to his place, the bone was missing and he started sniffing all around, looking for it, “My bone, my bone – where did my bone go?”
Then he saw Ugg chewing.
“Hey! Is that MY bone you’re chewing on.”
“Nah, I found this just laying around.”
“So, where’s MY bone?”
When Blue pushed in to check on that bone, I grabbed the hose and got ready for an altercation.
“That IS my bone. You stole my bone!”
“Nuh-uh. I found it. You didn’t have it, it was just laying there.”
Then Blue did something that really surprised me …
He said, “Meh — I don’t care. You can have it.” and went back to his spot and laid down!
WHAT A GOOD BOY!
I’m so proud of Little Boy Blue! That is a major step for him.
He got extra treats when it was time to go back to his room.
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