Hello - me again!
I thought I'd throw these two new things going on with Tayda out there and see if anyone has any thoughts/advice.
1. Tayda has started growling at my husband when he tries to pick her up. Never happened in the previous 4 years since my husband and I have been together, but in the last, oh several months (can't remember exactly how long) she has started growling when he tries to pick her up, either off the couch or her dog bed. I wonder if it has something to do with me being pregnant and her being protective? i can't quite remember if it's been going on for only as long as i've been pregnant, but possibly.
2. We had her trained to use a litter box when we weren't home, which worked great for about 2 years, and then when we moved into our new house in May, somehow she is not very reliable with it anymore. We would get home, she will have peed in the litter box, but also somewhere else. So I tried going "back to basics" and only giving her an area large enough to fit her dog bed and litter box, utilizing the "dogs don't like to pee where they sleep" theory, but I'd come home to find she has peed in the litterbox and somehow peed under her dog bed and is then laying in her dog bed on top of the pee. She also seems to be peeing to mark things. Like, on the dog couch (yes they have their own couch), on Lenny's dog bed, on the dog sitter's blanket. Last night she was sleeping on her dog bed (which is not on our bed, but is elevated so that she is about at the same height as our bed) and my husband reached to take her collar off and she growled. So, since she growled, I pushed her off the elevated bed and gave her a bed on the floor to sleep on. She tried to get back up on to the elevated bed and when I wouldn't let her, she peed on the dog bed on the floor. Sigh…
She doesn't seem to be incontinent, nor does it seem she has a UTI (I'm quite familiar with how those look when she has them) all of this peeing really appears to be on purpose.
So today we started a new procedure - my husband will make Tayda sit before she get's anything - food, water, treats, to be let outside, and she will start sleeping on the floor. If she is on the dog couch, he will go over and coax her off with a treat and then he will sit on the couch and maybe or maybe not invite her up onto the couch with him - but he will decide if she comes up, not her.
Any thoughts or ideas? Could all this weird behavior be because I'm pregnant and she's "protecting" me with the growling and "claiming" her space with the peeing? Although I believe she growls when I'm not around as well. It has never escalated to biting, but obviously I don't want it to get there...