I forgot to mention this, but Josie only does this for me as well. She is soo good for my husband, she wouldn't dare try this on him. Of course, he's not the one who walks her, so no help there anyway. She can't be bothered doing it to the kids, she knows she can boss them around. I'm the one she likes to challenge. She just started doing it inside, too. I guess she liked the response she was getting out of me.
Yeah I'm totally with you there... I think Oscar really loves to grab on to me and get me to squirm around because HE HAS BIG TEETH and it HURTS
I really hate to hijack your thread but I just had a really bad time with Oscar and I'm still (mostly mentally, but also physically!) hurting
and I need to vent and hear anyone's ideas because I'm at a loss here...
We went outside for a walk and when we got back into the apartment hallway, he went C-R-A-Z-Y, jumping up and doing his "demon noises" thing. He is a VERY vocal dog, and he has this play growl-snarl thing that is LOUD... he hops around and does "play bows" and makes all kinds of crazy noises trying to get me to play??? BUT THEN he is jumping up and like literally GNAWING on my wrists... I'm trying to get him to SIT, LIE DOWN, annnything but he is just not listening... and his demon noises are getting even louder. My neighbors peek their heads out of their doors "Um, are you okay?" I'm like "...oh yeah, he's just playing... he's a toddler... ha ha ha..." (FAKE SMILE FAKE SMILE) and trying to pet him with one hand while GRIMACING BECAUSE HE IS EATING MY WRIST AND HAND...
... Then I'm stepping on the leash and trying the "hands on the sides of his head, look into my eyes" thing... NOPE he's wrenched himself away and is now tearing off down the hallway back towards the elevator. Guess somebody wants to GO BACK OUTSIDE AND PLAY MOM
... So we end up wrestling all the way down the hall and we BOTH END UP INSIDE HIS CRATE... I am crying and exhausted and he is licking my face and hands because I'M PRETTY SURE HE THINKS "THIS IS A GREAT GAME MOM!!!"
So we lie in there for a little while... He is like YAY MOM WE'RE SNUGGLING
and I'm like OW OW OW my hand and pride are hurting, Mr. Demon Dog!!
I'm pretty sure this is a case of (1) me not knowing how best to communicate CUT IT OUT / DISTRACT him, and (2) I think he needs to go to the dog park every MORNING so he is more tired throughout the day. We usually wait until the afternoon/evening, but I'm thinking that he needs the running around in the AM. He obviously thinks the biting is a great game, but "ignoring" him is not really possible since he just continues to jump up and make increasingly loud and scary noises
Thanks for letting me vent
can't find a smiley for "I am exhausted" but that's the one I would be using. And I re-read my thread and I'm laughing because I'm sure my neighbors think I am NUTS and I'm sure we were quite a spectacle today... and that my dog has me very well trained!!!!