It started forever ago it seems. I call it obsessive. She will get a tennis ball and walk around with it in her mouth and act as if she wants to play. That's not the case though. Milly does not fetch and she does not really want to play. If you do actually get the ball and throw it she will run to retrieve it, but she is clearly annoyed with you and does not care for this at all. She runs up to us and acts as if she wants to play, then when we go to take the ball she runs away. She will then come back and sit just out of arm's reach and place the ball on the ground. she then starts making this weird almost whiny noise and starts sticking her tongue in and out of her mouth. It is the strangest thing I have ever seem. I will admit, there seems to be a simple solution, right? Just take the ball away. And, that used to work. The ball would be put away and you'd think that'd be enough. We even banned all balls from our house at one point. No luck. She just decided to be "crazy" with another toy. So, it's not actually the ball that is the problem, though that is her favorite toy... it seems to be a personality issue. Other than the fact that it's highly annoying (which I can overlook most of the time) it is also harmful to both her and us. If you do get the ball or try to hand her whatever toy it is- she bites you! She does not know how to take the toy from you, so her solution is to bite your hand so that you drop the toy. I've learned not to hand her toys. I normally roll them to her. lol Anyhow, the way it is harmful to her is that she gets VERY worked up about it. To the point where she seems to be out of control. She is shaking and doing that (weird, creepy) tongue thing, and is clearly in distress. She does not do this all the time, but she goes through phases. Sometimes she acts like that more than once a day for weeks at a time and other times she'll go a week or so without acting like that at all. I do not get it.
If you have any idea what is going on or any way to help her please let me know. When leaving advice, please keep in mind that we prefer positive reinforcement. We do not hit. We do not yell. We treat them as we would like to be treated- with respect.
Thanks for any ideas you may have!!