BustopherJones Posted January 29, 2010 Report Share Posted January 29, 2010 I am not a happy camper today. While I was at work yesterday, my older son (mid-30’s) stopped in to visit with DW. Now, for some reason that I am at a loss to understand, Annie (who usually loves everyone) HATES my older son, but loves his wife and kids as well as my younger son. When he comes over with the family, Annie will play with the rest of the family, but does everything in her power to stay away from my son. (Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that my son is a cat lover, and doesn’t really warm up to dogs.) The three of them (DW, son, and dog) were in the living room, and my son tried to force himself on Annie. He basically cornered her, ignoring the fact that her tail was between her legs, and tried to pet her. Annie suddenly turned and snapped at him, nipping him but not hard enough to break the skin. She knew she did wrong; even before DW had a chance to yell (and she did yell), Annie made a bee-line for her den. For the rest of the day she looked sheepish and contrite, and would not even go and get her toys to play. When I got home from work, she wouldn’t even come to greet me; she just rlay motionless in the middle of the living room with the saddest eyes I’ve ever seen, as if to say, “I may not always be right, but I’m always willing to be forgiven”. Later that night, when I got home from work again (I often have to return to work late at night for international business teleconferences), as we were both lying on the bed and I was ignoring her, she slowly inched herself closer to me (usually she comes over and plops herself down next to me) and gradually snuck her nose under my hand; as I said, she knew that she was wrong. We did not need to punish her; her remorseful conduct was enough in and of itself to show that she understood the error of her ways. This morning, all was forgiven (or more likely, forgotten), and everything was back to normal. I don’t excuse what Annie did; but my son used poor judgment in forcing himself on her, knowing that she doesn’t like him, and by therefore initiating a fear-aggressive response. We now know that she will have to be confined to her den whenever he comes over for a visit in the future. I spoke to my vet about the incident this morning, and she agreed with my assessment (fear-aggression response to specific circumstances), so no medical intervention is required. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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