|Me and Jess - and jealous Lola!|
I've been a very social person today, seeing two of my friends (one of whom I haven't seen for a couple of months because of university pressure) for film and tv watching.
Lola was not very nice to the friend I haven't seen for a while, even though last time she was here Ro warmed up to her within about ten minutes. This time, she barked quite obnoxiously for a couple of minutes, until I lost my temper and, rather than shouting at her, put her in the kitchen and firmly shut the door on her. She scratched the door, and I waited until she stopped then let her out.
She was very wiggly when she got out, and only re-offended once about half an hour later (growling very softly when K leaned across me to put her drink down), and back into the kitchen she went. I didn't force any interaction between them, and told my friend to just ignore her, and I think not having to have eye contact with my friend helped. I don't think the situation was helped by my friend's lack of dog-savviness, but Lola did alright. Jess, of course, was her usual attention-loving self.
I think I'll try the time-out method again in future; she can be quiet and avoid my company, but barking obnoxiously at them is going to make her go away, not them. In future, I'll also put her harness and a long line on, so I don't have to pick her up (and transmit my irritation to her). The difference between being told to shut up, and being put in a couple of seconds' time out, was pretty fantastic though.