Adoption Date: 4/26/2018
May 3, 2018
Poppy loves the water! She has been adopted by her foster family.
April 18th, 2018:
Poppy is fascinated with squirrels, rabbits and birds. She doesn’t go after them but will stop what she is doing and just watch them. She loves squeaky toys and tennis balls. She’ll catch the tennis ball when I throw it but she usually doesn’t bring it back to me to throw again. She loves the snow, rolls around in it and will chase the other dogs. When we come in from outside, I’ve trained Poppy to stay by the backdoor and have her paws wiped off before she goes into the house. Poppy eats very fast. I have to watch her so that she doesn’t try push the resident dogs away from their bowls and eat their food. She’ll need one of those bowls that are designed to make dogs eat slowly.
March 20th, 2018:
We continue to work with Poppy’s emotional responses and she continues to make great progress. Poppy is very comfortable in our home. She initiates play with the two resident dogs. Their favorite things to do are wrestle and play tug. She loves our walks especially with the weather getting nicer.
February 17, 2018:
Poppy has been with me for almost three weeks now to kickstart her behavior modification with positive reinforcement methods. She is off to a great start and I look forward to continuing to work with her in her foster home.
The main focus with Poppy is working on changing what we call her conditioned emotional response she has towards the world. Poppy is what we would label “unsure/fearful” about new people and places. How do I know? Her body language and inability to take high value reinforcers. (When you are worried your ability to eat is impacted which impacts your ability to find relaxation). So we are working together to help her feel relaxed and more comfortable when exposed to new things. It is a progression timeline that depends on the dog.
Miss Poppy has developed a lot of confidence in the home environment; she plays, loves tug, thinks dog friends are the best thing ever, and loves to play fetch with her friends in the snow. She also loves working on her foundation behavior skills. We also love our walks together where she shows a lot of relaxed body language and sniffing; taking in the world which is fantastic!
February 8, 2018:
Poppy is new in foster care. More information will follow.