I mentioned earlier that Mimi has a 'cousin' Kirby -my daughter's Golden Retriever who is 3 years old. They are the best of friends and Mimi is usually the one that gives him a hard time when playing. He submits to her poking and play biting, etc.. and loves it! These last couple of weeks, I noticed some changes in Kirby's behaviour. To give you an understanding of the story, I must give you some background.
My son-in-law came home one day with a Puppy. He and my daughter lived in a ground floor appartment, had a garden but also had full time jobs and worked long hours. Kirby was born with a deformity in his left paw. Taking him for walks or to the park for any length of time was difficult as his paw hurt. As he grew older, the vet told them that they needed to consider an operation for Kirby's paw. To cut a long story short, he had his operation last year and became a NEW MAN!! He gained confidence, is now assertive, lost his shyness and was (and still is) a beautiful dog.
Of course, as usual, he would be left in the yard in the morning until 7.00pm at night. Sometimes he had a walk, and I would guess most times, not.
Since I do not work, and live 15 minutes away, I occasionally pick him up and take him and my two to the park for a good run. HE LOVES IT!
I find that now when I turn up, he is so excited to see me that he literally doesn't know what to do... If it was a human child, I would say that he has ADHD. He has also become very possessive, jealous and combative. Yesterday, they were here for dinner, and Kirby bit Pepsi because she went to sniff his food (she had a scratch under her chin but is fine today). He attacked a dog on the beach twice because it came for us to pat it. Kirby would not (at the moment) attack dogs at the park for instance (unless they come too close to one of us - his family).
My daughter intends to have a baby soon. I don't know how we are going to handle this situation. Should I go daily to walk Kirby and bring him over to stay with us during the day so he feels secure and his emotional and physical needs are met? Honestly, he is a big dog and requires a lot of attention.
Any one have any suggestions on what to do? By the way, Mimi senses the change in him and is less playful with him.. she almost shuns him now.