Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Kentucky, of course
Thanksgiving resource guarding - thwarted
Yesterday I had a small turkey finishing thawing in cold water in my kitchen sink. Rey kept sneaking in and standing on the counter to look at it, but couldn't reach it. Buddy was oblivious to it. So I'm standing in the food prep area, Rey is there like an eagle eye and Buddy innocently meanders in because that's where everyone is. Rey snarled and snapped at him (not usual). Those of you who have gotten to know me realize Buddy is 15 years old and has a very sweet disposition. This really ticked me off and made me wonder again if keeping Rey is the right thing to do. After a night to cool down, I realized that if Rey wasn't fear aggressive, I wouldn't be getting so uptight about this. I'd just do something different. So today that is what I did. I was cooking, Rey wandered in hanging around, and I made her stand at the end of the counter, right outside the food prep area, then made her "sit" and "stay." In other words, I stepped up NILF a notch. She only tried me twice, and both times, I took her right back to where she started, told her to sit and stay. She finally sighed and decided to "down" and "stay" after a long period of time of me chopping and preparing food. But it really was that simple. New rule: Rey is not allowed in the food prep area of the kitchen when I'm cooking. Period.