I think I upset little Maisie yesterday! Normally after showers, breakfast etc, she knows that it is nearly time for her walk to pre-school with my son and I. She bounces around dragging her lead with her for a good 5 minutes before we go as she notices the signs we are nearly ready. It was absolutely pouring with rain yesterday so for the first time in ages, I decided to drive to school and walk her mid-morning. Normally if I go shopping, or anywhere else for any length of time (quite normal to be out for 2 hours or more), Maisie is very well behaved. That is until yesterday!
I got back after being approximately 10minutes to find that she had started to eat her bed, piddled on the floor, tipped her water and food bowls out of the stand, tipped the bin over, started eating the door-mat, and my neighbour said she had been barking since I'd left the house.
She's never behaved like this, and my neighbour assured me that she has never heard her barking before when I am out. The only reason I can think for this behaviour is that she was throwing a tantrum because she normally goes out at that time. I'm a stickler for routine, and think that humans and animals thrive on it, but after yesterday I'm not so sure. Now the question is, do I continue taking her out as normal every morning at the same time, or change the times slightly to avoid the tantrums?
The funny thing is though, I had to really try my best to act like I was cross and was ignoring her. I kept catching the odd glimpse of her with her little ears pinned back and her sad eyes looking up at me. I managed to ignore her completely for a good 10 minutes before we'd made friends, but they were 10 hard minutes.