*they say “barked at”; i say “defended them from.” we apparently have to agree to disagree. (i’m right).
-momma leaving for class
-dad leaving for work
-momma unlocking the door
-momma and mums leaving for the store
-momma and mums returning from the store
-the neighbor boy’s friends
-the gate swinging in the wind
-dad coming home from work
-birds in the yard
-momma going out for coffee
-momma coming home with coffee
-momma and daddy leaving
-dad walking up the stairs
-dad leaving for a meeting
-bubbles in the tub
-the neighbor dog out for a walk
-dad coming home from his meeting
I SAVED THEM!
We have a problem.
No, this really feels like a problem. And I’m putting it out to you, dear readers, for help.
Zozo, who is scared of his own shadow, has started speaking up. Not just speaking up, yelling.
FedEx truck pulls up?
“GUYS!! GUYS!! THERE IS A TRUCK IN OUR TERRITORY. WE MUST SHOUT AT HIM UNTIL HE RETREATS. SHOUT WITH ME!”
A kid rides by on a bicycle?
“There is human puppy driving a contraption! GO AWAY! WHERE ARE YOU GOING? WHAT ARE YOU RIDING? WHERE ARE YOU GOING?!”
A doorbell rings on TV, and he loses it at the door (note: we don’t have a doorbell. We have a knocker. Let’s not even talk about that.) A car door slams and he can see it’s me or James, he wigs. MJ chortles in her sleep; WOOF WOOF.
We’re tried a terse “No.” We’ve tried an abrupt “Uh Uh.” We’ve tried to redirect his attention or focus on completing a cue (Place. Sit. Down.) Dulcet, calming tones. We’ve tried.
I’ve read around, but…. Who has suggestions? Have you tempered your barker?