Bull headed, cantankerous, persistent, you name it!

little miss stubborn1Abby is making this so hard on herself! She is taking her sweet time to submit to Zoey’s authority. Heck, I would be pleased if she would submit 1/4 of the time. Instead she is disregarding the warning looks and growls from Zozo and holding her ground. Little Miss Stubborn fits her perfectly.

We are being very consistent about giving preference to Zoey in all things desirable. She is fed first, let out of her bed first, petted first, invited to the couch or lap first, attention first, snuggles first, etc. Abby seems to be better at sitting and “waiting her turn” for the attention. The part she is not so bright about is backing down when there is a toy or prime sofa seating involved.

dog jailI think I should rethink her spring wardrobe. We were taking her to “jail” multiple times a day to the small dark hall bathroom. Problem is that Zoey would be waiting at the doggy fence for her to come back and the rumble would still be on. We have to have the gate there because it keeps the Frenchies from terrorizing the other two dogs who seem to live their existence in the back bedroom. That is another issue…

In my attempt to get in Queenie’s square little head, I am thinking she perceived me *carrying* Abby to the “other side” of the house as preference. That is area that is off limits to Zozo. The new plan is to walk Abby out to a small dark plastic kennel in the garage. It is covered by a blanket for darkness and isolation. This was working well for our jailbird until we realized that Zozo would wait at the door for her to come back and rumble more. Grrrr!

bright ideaPutting on my Queen Zoey hat to analyze the dillema sparked another brilliant thought. We were doing training exercises with Zozo and the super yummy treats in the garage so that Abby could be trained in the living room, out of sight. So now Zozo must think that Abby is out there getting treats! We are out of options for jail locations – so we are going to have to find a new spot for Zozo training drills. Thank goodness the weather is improving because we will have to take her on the porch at this rate.

little miss stubborn2This would be so much easier if Abby would suck it up and let her natural pack instincts prevail. Instead she is being stubborn and bitchy. No wonder she gravitates towards me as her mom, where as tv-watching sofa lounging Queenie does not. Hmmmm…..

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