There I was...taking an early evening walk to pick up some mail and before feeding Tuckie. While outside, we practiced some eye contact, some sitting, and some leash control. I was excited, because he is better paying attention to me outside. Plus, he pooped and pee'd!
It was a beautiful early evening, until "it" happened.
I am not really sure what "it" was, but once we got to the door he was doing his usual sniffing around, but he was taking longer than normal and it was time to go in. He normally darts in the door, so I usually try and take the leash off as soon as we are in, as to not get caught in case he does his psycho merry-go-round run. This time, however, as the leash came off he was trying to go back outside. I of course blocked him from leaving and then he kinda snapped. He growled at me and nipped at my knee.
I of course reacted by yelling, "who the heck (G-rated) do you think you are" and grabbed his collar where he couldn't bite me and tried to get him to "sit," but he preferred to still try and bite me. Using one of the letters in my hand, I hit his nose and commanded, "SIT!!"
It was like I turned off a switch. There was no whimpering or anything (it's just a letter), but he immediately sat when told. Then "down," follow by "come" when I went into the kitchen. The drastic turn around caught me off guard. I ended playing with him for a couple of minutes, hoping I was rewarding his good behavior and not the bad. I then fed my little psycho pup.
After eating, he was found laying on my shoes, as the picture shows.
For the more experienced people, what in the world did I just go through with my pup? Was this a case of a pup being overtired? An alpha moment? Can dogs be schizophrenic?
Hahah...no, seriously...can they?