I do not have children, but I consider my dogs to be my children. I know some people do not like the comparison, but there are certain situations where dogs and children act exactly alike. Yes, I want to talk about dog relationships with other dogs.
Take sibling rivalry for instance. I watch my dogs, Luther and Earl interact and it reminds me so much of my sister and I growing up. Luther and Earl will be playing together or just hanging out, but the second I walk into the room Luther (the youngest) will run to my side seeking all the attention. I was the youngest child and acted in the very same way! Sometimes when I walk into the room while the boys are playing, Earl (the eldest) will immediately act annoyed with Luther and look to me to save him. Another classic sibling move if you ask me!
Toys are another point of contention. A toy is of no interest to one dog/child until the other dog/child starts to show interest in the item and then the fight begins. Doesn’t that sound familiar? I know it must have happened in my house a million times growing up and this practice continues today. We never truly grow up when it comes to our siblings! At least with the dogs when they starting tussling, I can put them into their crates for a time out and save the day.
I am quite sure my mom wishes she had a few crates back in the day!