Apparently the four-footed one is a jealous companion. I did not know this before and if someone had asked me I would have never said yes and hesitated a great deal before saying maybe. It just never crossed my mind.
I know’ some of you are wanting to slap my head for me. How could I not see her being jealous since she’s spoiled rotten and is doted upon. Yes I know, what was I thinking!
The only reason I made this discovery is that while a visitor tried to get near where I was sitting to show me something, she insisted on placing herself between the other person and my body. Which could be seen as protective. Except than she also opted to paw at me for attention and demand a nice scratch behind her ears. Nothing protective about that.
Now as amusing as it is on some level, this behavior can’t continue for a number of reasons. I’ve tried ignoring her when she demands attention, but short of wearing chain mail I’m not sure ignoring her is ideal. No she hasn’t punctured my skin when she puts her teeth on me, but you never know.
Distract her with another toy? I tried that, so far she is not being distracted. Reward her when she’s doing what I want? Tried that too. The thing is the four-footed one is a stubborn as mule and bull-headed as well. (Although she’s all dog!) Clearly we have work to do!