- 6 years ago
- Wedding: July 2010
My husband and I have a very cute, if not mischievous, 2 year old king charles cavalier. I fully admit a large part of his behavior is our fault – he was the first dog we ever got as “grown ups” and have spoiled him for most of his life. That said, he is also pretty naturally defiant. For example, he is very good at commands like “sit” and “lie down” but if he doesn’t think you have a treat, or he’s at the dog park and would just rather continue with what he’s doing, he’ll make eye contact with you and then blatantly ignore you.
The latest issue is his new found demands over the temperature of our apartment. Oh how I wish I was kidding when I said that. About once every 2 months he would start barking in the middle of the night (he sleeps in the bed with us) and one of us would be forced to take him for a quick walk (we live in the city) until he relieved himself. Normally though, he can sleep continuously for 12+ hours without needed to go out. However, my husband recently discovered that that a lot of times he was just as happy to lie in the bathroom as he was go for a walk, so he figured out we just needed to turn on the a.c. and he would go back to sleep. Lately though, I think our dog has started abusing this option. Last night it was quite comfortable in our apartment (about 72 degrees) and our dog still started barking (which has been happening 2-3 times a week now that he knows he can control the temperature and we transition from summer to fall and try to use the ac less) until the a.c. was turned on. He will also now bark to be put on the floor in the middle of night, or bark to be lifted back into the bed if he’s done with the floor, something he is quite capable of doing himself and normal does a few times throughout the days. Now obviously I’m getting worried about the habits we’re instilling in our dog over this. I don’t want him to be uncomfortable, but I also don’t want him to have the final say on our energy bill either. I also have a lot of trouble ignoring him at 4am to teach him he won’t always get his way when I just want the noise to stop. Any thoughts or ideas?!