Possession is Nine-tenths of the Law
“Possession is nine-tenths of the law.” This is a fairly well known expression meaning that ownership is easier to maintain if one has possession of something, or difficult to enforce if one does not.” ~Wikipedia
Do your dogs obey this “unwritten” law?
Jack is very law-abiding. I wrote just last week about our rule-breaker (Maggie) and rule-follower (Jack). But when it comes to this possession concept, the rules become a little fuzzy.
We have several dog beds for Jack & Maggie. They each have one in my office and then there are two beds in the living room, a rug in the dining room and Jack’s crate. Oh, and another bed by the front door. They each have their favorites. One of the beds in my office is over-sized and earmarked as “Jack’s”. Since he won’t share it with Maggie, I’ve had to work to keep her out of it. If by chance she climbs into it – he immediately gets out. But, he won’t just go climb in her bed, equally as comfy, just not his. He stands there and looks at me as if to say…”Mom, get her out of my bed!” Possession of his bed is not maintained when Maggie climbs in…Jack just gives it up.
Maggie totally ignores the “possession” rule when it comes to beds. Maggie will sleep in any one of the available beds, except Jack’s crate. (She avoids the crate which I think is a result of her puppy mill upbringing.) Maggie’s rule is if she wants the bed, she just goes and gets into it…”possession” does not matter to her.
It’s interesting that Jack so easily gives up his possession when it comes to sleeping arrangements, because when it comes to food – all bets are off. When Jack finishes his meal, he will immediately go to Maggie’s bowl. If not prevented, he just sticks his nose in her bowl and she moves away. If she is sitting in her bed gnawing on a fish stick or some other treat, he will walk by and take it right out of her mouth. But, before you write him off as a bully…she will do the exact same thing to him. I usually give him bigger carrots to chew on, so she finishes first and she will walk over and just pick up the pieces he dropped. And again, he lets her.
I’m eternally grateful that neither of them have any possessiveness issues – and the Jack, the rule-follower pretty much let’s his little sister do whatever she wants.
How about your dogs? Does the “Possession” rule hold or is it ignored?