I have written before about how Jake has a tendency to guard things. In the past it has mainly been Kongs (or me), but we have not had an issue for some time now. Well, until yesterday.
Jake was eating his Kong and Melvin walked by and Jake saw that as a declaration of war. So he lunged towards Melvin’s face, realized he can’t jump that high (or at all) so he latched his mouth around Melvin’s back leg. I kid you not, Melvin was walking (at a normal pace) and Jake was dragging behind him, latched onto his leg. This all went down over the course of about 8 seconds.
Here is what worked against our favor:
Here is what worked in our favor:
- Melvin, he has never, ever lashed out at Jake (in retribution of any sort). Never. I don’t know how or why or if it will last but he is just amazing that way.
- Jake has tic-tac teeth. I’m not kidding, there was not even a mark on Melvin. I don’t know what happened to his teeth or if that is normal for Frenchies but it helped tremendously that he was almost ‘gumming’ Melvin.
- I was there. I would never leave them unattended with Kongs, no matter how well they were doing.
- Did I mention how awesome Melvin is?
I picked Jake up and put him in the powder room, door closed for 10 seconds. The moment I reached for him, he let go of Melvin’s leg and I would have walked him into the powder room but he can’t walk great and it turns out more like dragging and that is not the point of time out. Time out is a quick, non-confrontational consequence. The moment something happens I say ‘time out’ and in Jake goes in for 10 seconds. When he emerges, it’s over, we move on. Notice how I said, Jake. Melvin has never seen a timeout.
Jake emerged from the powder room and went immediately to Melvin and started licking his face and back leg. Almost as if to say, thank you AGAIN for not swallowing me whole.