Still doing well. She snapped at him once last week – it was my fault; I had created a situation that had her anxiety & excitement up.
Madeline had been on bland rice soup all week for her diarrhea (see “Huffing”) & I had busted out these really good-smelling salmon treats for the dogs because I needed Boomer to eat a bunch of Benadryl (see “Hives”). All 3 dogs got a treat, but because he took his pills so well, I decided to give him one more treat.
When I went for the treat bag, which was just inside the door, Madeline thought she was going in the house. She thinks this a lot; she’s starting to see herself as the Inside Dog just because she has to be in there whenever I have to go anywhere, & she’s gotten used to it. Given a choice, she would rather be inside the boring, stuffy house. Whatever. Anyway, I denied her entry, which was One.
Then I took out another treat, & she wanted it soooo bad… but Boomer & Chie wanted it too. This kind of situation should be a no brainer for me by now but I just don’t think sometimes. All 3 of them crowded in, & Madeline anxiety’d out & snapped at Boomer.
Boomer, who outweighs her by 20 lbs, ducked away & made his “I mean no harm” stance. Because this is how I want him to react if she snaps at him – non-aggressively – I hugged him & reassured him. Then I put him in the house & scolded Madeline, who immediately lay down on the ground belly up, & showed no signs of getting up until I told her it was ok. I then let Boomer out, who skulked, downcast, past her, & she got up & kissed him on the nose.
Boomer was depressed for the rest of the day, lying around looking mournful. Madeline avoided him a little, as if embarrassed, but by the time we all went to bed he was curled up next to her with his head on her flank, & all was well.