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An eventful week for Poppy 

Well this week has been a busy one for Poppy our cockapoo. Firstly the week started with awful weather so we had a few long walks in the rain and some short walks in heavier rain! 

I have spent the week teaching Poppy to leave her treats until I give them to her and trying to complete the challenge set by our trainer at puppy class to have a treat on her paw and her not touch it. You can see I got a little carried away with this 😉 It’s not my fault Poppy is such a willing participant.

Poppy has spent plenty of time chilling with T as usual.

Today Poppy finally got groomed again! It has seemed a long 8 weeks and she was looking a bit scruffy so now she is back to a shorter more manageable coat and looking adorable once more! Today Poppy also came into season for the first time! This is our first dog so we are not too sure what to expect from her behaviour or if we won’t even notice a change at all, she is fairly late at 10 months but once we have this over with we will look at getting her booked for her op. 

Today the sun finally came back out so we were able to get a nice 3 mile walk in after her groom, felt good to get out again. 

Hope you are all having a great week, would love to hear what you have been upto!

Thanks for reading 

Lou x

Cockapoo · dogs · Uncategorized · walking

Why is your dog growling at mine?

So we have just got back from a 3 mile walk around the lake. T biked and I walked Poppy, it was windy and the sun was trying to break through the clouds but it felt good to be out and getting my girls some exercise. Once we get across the road and across the little railway bridge into the country park Poppy comes off the lead for lots of reasons; because its safe, there are no more roads, she loves to walk along next to T on her bike and also loves to run between me and T wearing herself out. She will come when I call her, sometimes when she has finished sniffing but if we are too far away for her liking she will run like mad to catch up. She doesn’t have a bad bone in her 10 month old body and is mostly happy to stay away from other dogs and just follow us.

If you haven’t met my cockapoo Poppy here she is:

So as we walk mostly we have a great time, Poppy is brave with some dogs and will sniff and say hello and then run back to us,others she isn’t so brave and will burn past them to stay with T on her bike. (We know she could be braver and hopefully the socialisation classes we are starting next weekend should help with this.) Sometimes Poppy will trot along next to us and other dogs will run up to her, this mostly scares her especially if they are big bounding dogs that look like they would flatten her with one paw! In this situation what usually happens is Poppy starts running which makes other dogs think she wants to play and then the chase follows. They never run away, just usually round and round in circles until me or the other dogs owner manage to get of them distracted enough to go in a different direction!

All this is learning for Poppy, earlier we were approaching a gate and coming towards us were 3 people each with two small dogs on leads. They passed through and Poppy just walked along beside me brave as anything, through the gate and past the dogs who also didn’t bat an eyelid. Amazing.

Other tests along our walk include children, big and small, these are usually ignored as all Poppy wants is to keep up with Tiana, people on bikes, this is mostly fine as long as we see them in advance we can get her to walk alongside us or stop and wait for a treat, buggies, still not a favourite of hers we might have a bark before she runs off in the other direction, swans, ducks and other pond life, she is just really inquisitive and seems to have no fear of these, and finally growling dogs. Now I would say in the last month we have seen at least 4 dogs that have growled at Poppy, with two being today. The dogs that growled were both on leads and at the time Poppy was also on her lead  as we were on the way home. The owners had made no real attempt to move out of my way and Poppy had a brave moment. So how it usually goes is the dogs come to a stand off, Poppy sniffs their nose and is met with a growl/bark/jumping/ a snap. Every single time this has happened the owners simply say “oh come on” to their dog and move along leaving me, T and Poppy stunned at what has just happened. I just don’t understand why if you know your dog doesn’t like other dogs you would let it sniff or be sniffed by my dog, why would you not forewarn me that your dog is grumpy/doesn’t like to say hi/has issues or just walk out of my way?! Not every dog is perfect,some come with history and from terribly neglected backgrounds and they all deserve a chance but should they honestly be walked in a busy public place which is full of other dogs on and off leads and families with children if they aren’t happy to be socialised? My dog is scared of bigger bouncier dogs and runs in the other direction usually and the one time she decides to be brave and say hello to something twice her size your dog growls at her for no good reason at all! This also upsets my daughter who doesn’t enjoy watching her dog get scared by your dog. Dog owners have a responsibility, if they can’t trust their dog not to growl at another dog when it simply gets sniffed on the nose it is my opinion that they should not be walked in a busy public place on a bank holiday while the rest of us are just out for a drama free walk with our friendly/well behaved if a bit shy at times/loveable/happy little dogs!

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Poppy at 9 months

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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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