So our puppy Poppy is approaching 9 months now and there are a few things that we have learnt about having a dog that I thought I would share.
Firstly you can only go so far in the rules with what you should be doing, and the rest of it has to come from what works for you. Poppy loves to be with us, she is real family dog. So for the first few months we left her downstairs in the kitchen while we got ready in the mornings, she used to cry, bark, whine, do anything to get our attention but we hadnt got so far where we could trust her not to have an accident if we let her upstairs so we had to manage it. After a while we got more confident with her toileting and so now she comes upstairs with us in the mornings. She loves nothing more than lying on our bed waiting for us to get ready. Or if its the weekend when she barks in the morning its not because she needs to go out, its because she wants to come up, this makes her the perfect Sunday morning chill dog and we love her for it!
The next thing is dogs will only live up to their type so much, the rest is them and their own little personality. We have a small dog which are meant to be yappy in their bark and quite often get small dog syndrome when out on a lead. Poppy rarely barks and when she does its more of a half bark half gruff sound and as for other dogs when out on a lead she is usually scared of them and hides behind us at first. Sometimes it can be quite embarrassing when there is another dog hurtling towards your dog just wanting to play and your dog literally pulls your arm out of your socket to get away! We get away with us because of her size and age, “Sorry shes still a baby, shes scared of everything.” I’m not sure this excuse will work forever Poppy so can you please man up some time soon!
This leads me on to her size, when we looked for a cockapoo we thought they all looked like a medium sized dog with short curly hair. (See random pictures of cockapoos I obtained from google)
What we got was a small dog with long flowing wavy hair! Every other cockapoo we meet looks different to Poppy. I suppose this is what you get with a crossbread but she is honestly the smallest one we have ever come across with the longest fluffiest hair! Well she was until yesterday when we had her groomed for the first time! I was struggling to keep on top of the knots that kept appearing in her fur and she was always so dirty after a walk it took a lot of washing and drying to keep her clean. So here is Poppy’s new look for spring!
Poppy really is our little companion, she is so easily adaptable and can walk for miles without a problem or is just as happy curled up on the sofa. She isnt a lap dog, which in a way i’m a little sad about as I love having a little cuddle with her but that’s just what it is with Poppy, a little cuddle. She will be on your lap being fussed for a few seconds and then off she goes to the other end of the sofa! Its like she likes her own space to sleep and rest as long as its not too far from her humans!
The last thing I will mention is that sometimes you may very well get a dog that thinks its a cat, like we did. Yes it may sound strange but honestly Poppy loves nothing more than climbing onto the sofa arm for a nap, often taking a while to get comfy and sometimes falling off in the process but she manages! Oh and then there is her love of tuna! We cannot possibly open a can of tuna without giving some to Poppy. I’ve never seen her so excited when she hears me use the can opener, unfortunately plenty of other things come in cans so she is a lot of the time disappointed!
All in all your first few months with a puppy will be a learning curve for everyone including the puppy. Its so hard to believe its been 7 months with her now and we are still finding our feet with some things, like grooming! But we love her all the same and wouldn’t be without her.