So this morning I found myself telling Oscar that he was going to go into a time out if he didn’t stop one of his weird obsessions…yes, he gets time outs! This particular obsession he has is with a red couch pillow. But not just any red couch pillow. The one on the right side. The one on the left, he apparently doesn’t care for. But the one on the right, he L-O-V-E-S.
I don’t know what it is about this particular pillow, but as you can see, he has caused some damage! I have sprayed it with bitter apple, but that seems to only work until it dries. I usually move the pillow, but every now and then I forget…and Oscar loves when I forget!
Oscar also has an obsession with the vacuum. It doesn’t seem to be fear based, like Lucy who chases and barks at it. She has to be put outside whenever I sweep or vacuum! Oscar just likes to bite it. He doesn’t growl or bark…just chases it around and tries to bite it. He also does it to my hair dryer! He comes running as soon as it is turned on, and tries to jump on me to get at the dryer. He dances all around, jumping up and down…and if I put the hot air on him, he just sits there for a few seconds, and then goes back to attack mode!
Now Lucy, her obsession is with something that she has yet to get up close and personal with…and hopefully she never will. She is obsessed with squirrels! She goes nuts when they come on to the deck, whining and jumping to go outside. And if there is one that she can see out the living room windows, she puts her paws up on the windowsill and stares. I pray that she never gets ahold of one…I don’t want any dead stuff to clean up!
Do your dog(s) have any weird obsessions? Do you try to stop them from doing it? Or just accept it as a
crazy wonderful trait?!