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Melissa, Roo, and Ellie
Can dogs get too much attention? Little Miss
Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:03am

Ellie is very full of herself lately and acting like a little brat. We have had landscapers and some flooring guys at the house for the last several days and they all make over the pups, pet them, and generally lavish attention on them. Roo is his usual steady self. Ellie, however, has become a little impudent. She isn't coming reliably when I call her and just stands there looking at me until I make several demands for her to come. I think she has let all the attention go to her fluffy little head. I have started only giving treats for a command and not petting her or talking to her when SHE wants, instead giving attention when I choose.

She has started to challenge Roo for certain toys and has even growled at him several times in the evening when she is laying at my feet and Roo gets too close. He isn't letting her run the show, but she sure is having a go at it.

I hate to withhold attention, but I really feel like she has started this bit of defiance only since everyone has been making over her and she's let it go to her head.

    • Wow, I remember this!Kit and Max, Mon Apr 16 8:26pm
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      • Luckily the landscapers won't be hanging out here forMelissa, Roo, and Ellie, Tue Apr 17 1:53am
        a month, though with this weather it sure is getting drawn out. We're continuing to work on these things and I already see some improvement in Little Miss's attitude. We actually instituted the no... more
    • We went through this with Wilson!Lori & The Two Hound Train, Sun Apr 15 8:48am
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      • Thanks, Lori! I am seeing a small improvementMelissa, Roo, and Ellie, Tue Apr 17 1:43am
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