We have a gardener who Misha hates. He comes over every other week and every other week Misha goes into a barking frenzy each time he passes the sliding glass door. He’s on her property and she’s not going to stand for it.
This went on for a year. Then, the gardener decided he wanted to befriend her. He began bringing her treats each visit. It has been a slow process. The barking continues but she now expects a treat every time he is here.
The last couple of times he brought different treats. I noticed they were bigger. The first time, Misha took the whole treat, bit it in half and proceeded to get one piece stuck inside her mouth. I had to reach in and remove it as she was choking
The next time, she gobbled down the pieces. Within minutes, I was holding her in place as she tried to throw up the treat. Luckily, she got it out and I was able to grab the pieces before she tried to eat them again.
Part of the problem is Misha doesn’t chew. Well, she must chew a little, but she gets so excited about treats that she gobbles it down. She is also a small dog…10 lbs. Sometimes they just can’t break up bigger, harder dog treats.
So now, we have a special bag of Old Mother Hubbard Mini Treats in the pantry. These are the “gardeners treats”. He’s being so kind trying to befriend her I feel bad telling him he can’t give her treats anymore. So, we’ll supply the treats ourselves. Beats having to reach into her mouth to save her from choking.