Hi 'margoo' - maybe not an obsession for Riley – but an extreme dislike ! Riley hates me getting on the ride-on to mow the yard ! He is OK when I do the puppy yard and the front of the house – he is watching and is pretty calm – but as soon as I take the mower down the back of the property – his stress levels rise very quickly !
He has to be very close to me all the time – running up and down beside the mower. He has even stood in front of the mower to make me stop and get off – just to sniff me and to check that I am OK !
Last week, the young lad that is helping me (who Riley also loves to bits) – was cutting down palm trees by himself. Well Riley’s stress levels hit the stratosphere ! He didn't know who he should be looking after !
Riley’s solution – stop the lad – by goosing him and running away – again and again – the poor lad thought something had happened to me ! Riley achieved what he wanted ! Lad stopped cutting down the palm trees by himself and I stopped the mower !
After a rearrangement of chores – the lad finished the rest of the mowing in the big yard.
What did Riley do ?. After checking that all the gates in the puppy yard were closed - and so I couldn't get out without him knowing – he went to sleep !
Poor little brown dog ! Life is really toooo stressful for a little ‘too smart brown pup’ at my place !