Saturday, October 10, 2009

Is this the face of a bully?

Could it be?  Could a corgi with such a sweet face be a bully?

The answer, sadly, is yes - and it's costing me sleep.

A few weeks ago, Ziggy was whining in the night.  I figured he just needed to go out and go potty - which is unusual, but you never know.  So out of bed I got at 2am-ish to let Z out.  Then it happened again a few nights later.  Strange.  And Ziggy didn't seem to be rushing to the door.

Then a few nights after that, I was still awake and reading and I figured it out.  As Ziggy walked up to go to his bed (all 3 dog beds are lined up against the wall near my side of the bed) I saw Denzil's stare, and heard a low growl.  Denzil didn't want Ziggy to walk past him, so Ziggy couldn't get to the bed.  I gently explained to Denzil that Ziggy could go to his bed, and the behavior stopped.

Stopped that is, until the past couple of nights.  This time it's not whining on Ziggy's part, it's pacing back and forth, back and forth, at the end of the bed.  Let me tell you, the gentle sound of corgi nails on laminate is not what you want to hear in the dark of night.  Both nights I've gently explained to Denzil that Ziggy CAN go to his bed.  Unfortunately the furry, little, sweet-faced bully doesn't seem care.

I've tried setting up the dogs' favorite dog bed on the opposite side of the bed, so Ziggy will have a place to lay down.  Ziggy doesn't want to sleep there - it's away from the rest of the pack.

I'm at a loss for what to try next.  Any ideas??


  1. can you put Maggie's bed in the middle and have Ziggy's be the bed at the front of the line, so he doesn't have to pass Mr-Grumpy-pants??

    I have a part time Mr-Grumpy-pants, but thankfully mine isn't a consistent thing...

    I hope Denzil chills out :(

  2. Or change Denzil's bed to a crate, and lock the door.

  3. Good ideas! I might take it in a staged approach. Tonight, I'll move Maggie's bed, and see if that works. If that doesn't work, here comes the crate, my dear Denz.


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