Yesterday a reader posted a question on an old post about Scottish Terriers and aggression. Sally wrote:
Kiltie, 5 years old, guards windows & door, if he sees someone coming he grabs his baby (or handy toy) shaking it with a growl until the person passes his window/door. I am now using the squirt bottle, to stop him, any suggestions? I know the expression “Scottie’s rule” which he tries to live by. We probably didn’t socialization him enough, so now what else can we do? please reply firstname.lastname@example.org
I read her comment in very small type on my phone on a commuter bus and replied:
Wait, did you say you have a male Scottie named Kittie? Is there a reason for this? Could he be overcompensating for his name?
Sally brought out the all caps. And I can’t say she wasn’t justified:
MY SCOTTIE’S NAME IS KILTIE,,,,NOT KITTIE. I’D NEVER NAME A SCOT THAT!!!!!!! HIS NAME IS KILTIE MACGREGOR AND HE KNOWS HIS NAME, HE HAS A STRONG URGE TO PROTECT HIS PROPERTY, I AM TRYING VERY HARD WITH THE SQUIRT BOTTLE ANY OTHER SUGGESTIONS???????????? I’D APPRECIATE AND TRY ALMOST ANYTHING………
Whoops, that’s what happens when I read stuff on my iPhone.
Now, that we’ve ascertained he hasn’t got name issues and it’s not a boy-named-Sue situation, let me ponder this a bit and get back to you.
Now, before I stick my foot even further in, does anyone want to help Sally out?