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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Boo update

Boo is certainly keeping me busy, or should I say exhausted !
Good news is she has been clean in the house for over a week now :-) Bad news is the constant yipping/barking.:-((

She yells if we go out and leave her in her crate, even though she is in the room with the other boys. She screams and yips if one of the other dogs has something she wants be it a toy, bone...anything. In the end we have to take whatever away from them, which is a shame. We don't give it to her though.
Its hard work and causing friction in the house. We've tried almost everything. A sharp no, removing her , sound aversion, giving her something else in its place, but no she wants what they have got. So removing the object is the only thing thats works, so the poor boys have nothing to chew or play with at the moment.

Then there's the going out. I went out yesterday , she had been fed, wee'd and was sound asleep in her crate when I left. I also left one of the boys with her and took the rest out for their walk.
Laura was home upstairs not feeling too good. Apparently within 10 minutes of me going she woke up and the hysteria started .  Laura left her for a while to see if she quietened, but no it got louder and louder. She came down and told her to be quiet, but no nothing worked at all. This went on for ages even when she was let out of her crate. This is pretty much what has happened every time, so I have been taking her just about everywhere with me, but its been too hot in the van lately so I haven't been able to. Strangely she can be left completely on her own in the van and she doesn't make a sound !!

Then last night I was in tears about it all:-((  I had to go out to take Fozzie for a massage, it was too hot to take her too, so I left her behind with all the other dogs. When I got in I was greeted with 2 very unhappy humans. Apparently she screamed to come in with them, so they put Disney in the other room so she could run around with them,  then Disney started barking and crying, and so it went on for the whole time I was gone. Then they had the barking because she wanted something. Then she threw a temper tantrums about that.

I am at my wits end and don't know what to do. I was so upset yesterday because she is causing so much upset that I said maybe we should find her another home :-((

I love her dearly , but she has such a strong nature and I am concerned that I wont be able to get on top of it.
I now regret not getting a dog puppy. Maybe its the girl mentality( I dont know ?)

So any suggestions from anyone and I will happily take it.

During all this upset last night, Disney and her once again met, or should I say she met Disney. She is wary of him anyway, but she wandered too closely into his space and once again he flew at her. Luckily she is faster now and scooted away pretty damn quick, and he never touched her ,but it gave her a reminder.

I am away now for 8 days and everyone has the flags out at home, they will have peace and quiet for a while.

Sorry Jane if you're reading this, we probably won't have peace...lol.. I'm hoping Jane may have some great suggestions as I know she has had some poodles in the past like this.

I have also recently found out that Boo in fact has Toy Poodle ancestry rather than Min Poodle, and the toy poodles do have a more yappy nature. I don't mind the odd playful bark that we get, its the constant demanding bark thats the problem.

I have to say she is wonderful at night and we don't have a peep from the time she goes in the crate in our bedroom till she wakes up.
I did put her downstairs with the boys a few weeks back. She settled pretty quickly , however in the morning once the boys heard me moving about upstairs she started. I get up earlier than everyone else as I take the dogs out before my minded kiddies arrive . However we also have neighbours and to have her bark bark bark ( very loudly) at 6-30 am or earlier till I get downstairs also is just not on, along with soiling her crate as she gets so worked up .So reluctantly I took her back up with me again.

I feel I will have to have another go or else I guess she will never sleep downstairs.

So thats enough winging.

Hows she doing size wise...well she is 6kg in weight and is about 12-13" tall. She is quite a bit smaller than Disney at the same age. I am very anal and always record my puppies weights every 2 weeks till they are about 6 mths and then monthly till a year. I then periodically weigh all my dogs .
Disney I also kept a record of his height for the first 9 mths. He stopped growing at 7-8 mths and actually reached his adult height at 7 mths. After that he just filled out. At Boo's age he was already 15"

So it will be interesting to see what height Boo actually makes. Disney was Min poodle x Collie , whereas Boo is a Large Toy poodle x Collie. Time will tell.

I hadn't planned on taking her out walking with the older dogs just yet, but because of the separation issues I have had to on some occasions.

Here is a selection of pictures taken over the last week or so. A lot are taken on my phone so quality isn't too great

Mud Glorious Mud

All together

I want to join in

Fozzie Update

Fozzie really hasnt been right all this season and looking at the videos, he's just not stretching out again over the jumps.
After some of his runs at Thames 2 weeks ago, someone remarked on how tight and stiff he felt.
So I have been taking him to Gemma Mitchell who does canine massage. She treated him and gave me some exercises to do about 10 days ago. I took him back last night and the improvement is amazing.

So hopefuly this weekend I should see an improvement. I shall get some video to compare.

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