Puppy: Poppy



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Born May 27, 2011 joined our family August 6, 2011. Poppy is a very intelligent, spunky little pup who is keeping me on my toes! We adopted her as both a companion for my 10 year old dog, Becca, and, to ultimately train her as a "therapy/service" dog for me (I have issues with chronic pain). (October 27, 2011) Poppy is 5 months old, today! Most of her little needle teeth are gone, lovely pearly white grown-up teeth are coming in fast, and she isn't having as much of an issue with the need to chew on everything, all the time. She genuinely enjoys learning, basic obedience, and a few parlor tricks. One of her very favorite things to do is run on the treadmill! It took her about two weeks to figure out how to manage herself on the thing, but now when it is folded up she will run up to it and scratch lightly on the bottom and "sit pretty" to let me know when she needs to run. She runs at bursts up to SIX MILES PER HOUR for as long as 30 seconds at a time, then back down to trotting at around 4 miles per hour (any slower and she trips herself up on the motor box, that is also how she lets me know when to go faster). The commands she demonstrates consistently are: "sit" "stay" "up" (meaning to stand on hind legs and wrap front paws gently around my wrist) "down" (meaning lay down) "off" (people/furniture) & "paw" (to give up her right front paw while sitting). We are currently working on: "southpaw" (to give up her left front paw) "high five" (to give up both front paws while sitting, similar to "up") "leave it" "get it" & "come" (this one is a struggle, she really doesn't want to have to give up her independence, even for a treat). We are still struggling a little with potty training, but I believe it is because she is so quiet, she doesn't want to bark to let us know she needs out...and, sometimes it is hard to watch for her signals. May need to get her a doggie door in the spring.

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