Poppy Dog

We’ve had Poppy for two weeks now & I’m pretty sure she’s happy to still be with us! We’ve had another interesting week and we’re all still trying to figure things out. For example, for the last few nights, Poppy has gone to bed without a fuss and slept well until getting up time. Then, last night, she refused to go to bed. Let me give you some background to this. Her previous owners said that she wasn’t great at going to bed, so they made her sleep in a crate. Looking online, this is one of the biggest pieces of advice dog owners are given, along with covering the crate & leaving the radio on. So, to help her settle in well, as she was used to the crate, we carried on using it, with the intention of getting rid of when the time felt right. We don’t want a crate in our small house, but if Poppy needed it, so be it. Last night, Poppy refused to get in it. No amount of treats would get her in that crate. We were at quite a loss of what to do. So we just left her to find her own place to sleep. She chose the day bed in the room next to our bedroom & slept as close to the wall as she could, meaning she was as close to us as she could be. (We don’t want her to sleep in our room, as we don’t want her on our bed.) I did a quick Google & refusal to sleep in a crate, which is out of character, can be a result of ‘over bonding’! I think it’s fair to say that we bonded yesterday, as we took her for a walk near the river, which is something she may never have done before and she loved it!

As we were going to try & train her out of using the crate, we’re going to let her sleep wherever she wants. She didn’t make a peep all night, even when it got light. As long as she’s happy & lets us sleep, I’m happy for her to make the day bed her own.

Here’s what I’ve learnt about Poppy this week:

  • She likes walking by the river. There were a lot of smells as we walked by the Thames & she enjoyed tracking them. We walked for just under 2 miles so she was pretty worn out by the end, but she really seemed happy!
  • She’ll do almost anything for a treat. In her first training session, we learned that while she might not understand playing, she will quite happily sit, stay, walk on the lead, wait to cross the road & stop barking at pigeons for a treat.
  • She wants to eat my knitting needles. I knit with wooden needles & she’s very interested in them. She’s tried to bite them a few times & has snuffled her way through the knitting to get to the needles!
  • She’s a seat-stealer! If you get up from your seat on the sofa, Poppy will jump into it in a millisecond! Not sure if it’s warm or because we’ve created some awesome bum grooves, but she will always get in your seat.
  • She’s a cake lover. There isn’t much human food that Poppy is overly interested in. She can take it or leave it. Unless it’s cake. My OH brought me a muffin on Saturday & as I sat to eat it, Poppy went crazy & tried it & the wrapper which I left on the plate.

Every day we learn something new & often hilarious about Poppy. When she’s in a playful mood, she gets this crazy look in her eyes. It’s the funniest thing! She’s getting better at not getting frustrated by dogs on the lead, but we’re attending some training on improving this further next weekend. In the meantime, you’ll still see me trying to encourage her not to get distracted by other dogs, by running & jumping around like a crazy person. Oh the shame!

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