Momi and Popi have been hosting small groups (4 to 6 people at a time) of friends and neighbors at their home during the holiday season to enjoy some cheer and goodies and our Christmas decorations which are pretty elaborate. Ricky is a party animal and loves to host company, but he has never met any of these people before. He will sound his "barking doorbell" as if to say, "Yippee, we got company, somebody open the door!" But as soon as our guests are ushered inside, he meticulously and methodically goes around to greet each guest with a wagging tail and sniffing to download information about each guest. So far perfectly normal in our opinion.
Now Ricky is not a particularly "cuddly" dog. He has his 4 foot rule - he likes to be near us but prefers his own space about 4 feet away most of the time. We understand and not a problem. Ricky also prefers women to men with one exception and that is his Popi who he is totally committed to.
Now back to our guests....after greetings, everyone will select a seat and settle in for some lively conversation about local stuff. Ricky will walk around the room eyeing each visitor and then he will select one woman who was a complete stranger to him 10 minutes ago and jump up on her lap without warning. This is a bit embarrassing to us but each time the selected woman is more than happy to have Ricky snuggle with her. He will not leave her side for an hour our more! He will be glued to her side whether she is sitting in a chair or on a sofa and just quietly watches the conversation around the room, his head moves and watches whoever is speaking, or he will snooze. He also does something that we call "flirting" with that particular woman only. We know dogs don't flirt but he will do cute things to engage the woman.
We have tried putting him in an adjacent room with a gate up with a Kong filled with vegetables (which he loves) so he can watch us but he refuses the Kong, stands by the gate and whimpers and cries. He gets this look on his face that looks like one of those poor, abused, neglected dogs in the ASPCA commercial! Very annoying! So we try bringing him out with us and either Momi and Popi will make him sit on our lap. Doesn't work, he just whimpers and cries to be let down (still very annoying) to greet people, pick a woman and stick by her side, where he is completely happy!
Do we need to take Ricky to a dog psychologist or is he just a Latin Lover who can't resist hitting on women?
This post is partly in jest, but still Ricky's behavior is not what we consider to be polite and we would like to address this behavior without quelling his social nature.