Naughty Puppy Rug Attack Cavoodle Cavapoo Caricature
Eight-week-old Tessa arrives tomorrow around tea time or just before. I guess she gets my diced chicken for tea.
In the last couple of days:
I/ I had a go at some cavoodle caricature work.
2/ Reg is my bionic man, all wired up for a one week EEG.
3/ The breeder sent me photos of Tessa at seven-and-a-half-weeks.
Am I ready for the new puppy?
Hmm—as ready as I can be. I've bought enough indoor toileting equipment to open boarding kennels. Over-prepared I'd say.
Fitness-wise, definitely not up to it. Was it my mum who taught me the saying, "Bite off more than you can chew and chew like mad?"
There is no point worrying about what could go wrong. If buying a miniature caboodle to train as an aged care therapy dog goes to plan and my health doesn't fail me while getting Tessa trained as a therapy dog, this could be the best thing I've ever done.
It is the evening before Tessa's arrival and I should do more room preparation as this is my last free of puppy/dog responsibility night for I hope the next ten or more years, but I'll be relaxing and going to bed early and hoping to feel a bit more rested and healthier when Tessa arrives tomorrow.
All is good on other fronts. Reg is getting lots of care here in this marvellous aged care home we chose in the central highlands of Victoria.
We had the most wonderful visit again from our youngest daughter and our oldest granddaughter who brought puppy welcoming presents here on Sunday. I'm happy I was good for that visit.
The only puppy-related concern I have, and you can advise me. Common-sense tells me to crate train Tessa. I don't want her tripping up the night staff while I sleep if they enter my room, or go running through the house at night if they let her out. Nor do I want Tessa bonding to me too closely at night and developing separation anxiety if I'm ever ill enough to need to be hospitalised, which logically, given my medical history, will happen during her life. I don't want her howling for me at night and failing her probation period—because I spoiled her.
On the other hand, I am unwell, and puppy cuddles can do a power of good. I've great belief in the health-giving benefits of a pet on the bed with you. when you feel ill. That is after all why I'm training her to be Reg's therapy dog during the daytime. Why not my therapy dog at night?
Is it so wrong to throw caution to the wind and do what makes me temporarily happy?
Or, should I be happy and content, by doing the puppy training for a therapy dog in aged care correctly, and having things so that Tessa will settle in any room, with any person, because I haven't spoiled her and she is used to sleeping in a crate?
I'm not at all concerned about training Tessa. I've had so many wonderful dogs through the years , and experience in handling them well. Any training to be done will be training me, and that's going to be difficult.
Lots of puppy love to share with you soon,
Naughty Puppies are Bored Puppies - Plan for Success
Tessa is on probation for her first month here in Aged Care.
People ask me what if Tessa fails her probation period?
I don't consider it's possible. If anything, I think of this period as me being under probation to show that I'm a responsible new puppy owner and can keep young Tessa happily entertained in safe ways during her playful awake periods, clean, groomed, and learning good sociable manners, including toilet training, and gentle greeting of the residents and staff here.
Planning and preparing, getting in the supplies, plus refreshing my memory of puppy training has been a huge part of the two weeks between when we chose and put down a holding deposit on Tessa and when we received her.
We are planning to have lots of toys - Cuddly soft toys aren't just cute but also comforting.
We will need sturdy and safe to chew toys as teething puppies need a good chew session. Make puppy chewing fun and stress-free for both of you. You don't want the rug chewed up and the puppy sure doesn't like getting into trouble. Make puppy time a puppy love joy time of wonderful memories.
Snuggles PLAY and PUPPY LOVE
Don't be afraid of the work involved in training and raising a puppy. There is a lot of help and advice available from qualified dog breeder groups. Plus, your veterinarian will be our first away from the home visit. I'll be eager to ally with our puppy's vet to get tips on when and what to get, not only health care items but socialising and play aides.
Happy creativity and puppy love!
I don't know about you, but I'll be taking loads of puppy fun photos and videos.
Reward Based, Force-free Dog Training Works
Puppies study our face and body language for clues on what to do, they are so eager to please us. Their desire to bond with their primary caregiver makes them relatively easy to train—within a loving rewarding environment. They want to cooperate with humans so much they are studying and interpreting our social cues.
Puppies Just Want To Please and Be Loved
You can support the work of Tessa the trainee aged care therapy dog at
Introducing a therapy puppy to a non-puppy-proof environment
Wonderful to see you here.
I'm hoping The Adventures of Tessa the Trainee Therapy Dog will be the best idea I've ever had, and that, as an aged care resident myself, I'm up to it.
It's going to be quite a challenge I know, but one that fits where I am now and pretty well utilises all my life skills.
Nothing ventured nothing gained, or as my mum would have said, "Bite off more than you can chew and chew like mad."
Thank you again for your fabulous support for me and my husband Reg (see photos below) and trainee therapy dod, Tessa.
Every home is different in what is the 'no go' area for your puppy.
Some things we must move out of reach before the puppy arrives, such as the chocolate Christmas tree decorations and poisonous house plant.
Then there is access to the Italian designer belt that I should have known might have been a puppy's first choice of teething ring, many decades ago. That puppy survived, (the belt did not) and went on to live as a much-loved family member for twenty-one-years.
And then, there are the unique opportunities for puppy play with items that cannot be put away that a trainee therapy dog such as Tessa must face With EEG electrodes, call bells, reading glasses, and padded crash helmets for falls prone seniors often placed close to where Tessa the trainee therapy dog will be learning her soothing companion duties, having her recognise appropriate toys to play with will be challenging. She will need an interesting selection with organised and supervised spontaneous, safe play sessions.
Rather than risking having health-related items damaged, Tessa will require either constant monitoring or well-rewarded crate time for any short periods when she cannot be monitored by her handler—me.
Will this little pup, therapist dog in training, Tessa, be sleeping in her small crate, as planned, in two, night's time, or will I be a hopeless dog trainer and have her sleep in my arms her first night home?
I have horrible visions of Tessa tripping up the night staff and running through the halls of the sixty resident aged care home and waking everyone up in the middle of the night if I don't have a safe, away from under-foot spot for her. at least for this first probationary month, when I am asleep. Well, that's the plan. I'm non 100% confident that I'll follow that plan.
This will be a case of training me, not training the puppy if I'm to have a dog who will be an asset there in an aged care home, and not a spoiled brat suffering separation anxiety when I cannot be with her. Thank you for your advice.
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