Yesterday and today have been horrible as far as the weather goes. Rain and a cold wind makes it unpleasant to go out for a walk, though we managed yesterday and today when it stopped for a short while, but it got me thinking.
When we were kids, we’d be able to get the crayons or paints out and make our own fun.
Or we could sit in front of the telly, read, write letters or even have a nap!
Sadly that’s not something you can do with a young pup, not that she’s demanding to go out all the time. In fact she sleeps a lot which is typical of pups and something I do remember with both Barney and Maggie, it was like throwing a switch.
Dogs get bored, even older dogs, and if left alone, it can lead to chewing the furniture or going where they’re not wanted. I had a friend years ago who had a wired haired terrier who made a nest on their bed when she had her first season. Not too dramatic you might think, except everything was white, from the carpet to the counterpane, sheets and curtains, it was like walking into a clinic.
Maya is content to chew on her chew, teddy, or raggy rope, then she flops and sleeps for about an hour or so. We are remembering to close doors and not leave things hanging or dangling to tempt her, especially computer cables! Slippers, socks and jumpers are of interest too so we daren’t leave them lying around.
When the weather’s kind, we can take her out for short walks, but at the moment all three of us would be soaked and quite honestly, it’s not worth it.
Dogs like to play don’t they, be it fetch in the garden (a soggy quagmire just now so a non starter other than for toileting) or tug of war indoors with her raggy. We can hardly get out the Scrabble or pack of cards to keep her entertained, but again after a little while she’ll flop and sleep, so we take full advantage and try to catch up with other things.
There is always the option of feeding her out of mealtimes, but apart from her chew, we are keeping biscuits as rewards. Five are put out each day so that we know how many she’s had. We have upped her kibble though to the next age band, and keeping meal times to breakfast around 7am, dinner around midday and tea about 5pm, which is now, so I’m off to the kitchen. She recognises this as the food room, and which cupboard has her stuff in it. She’s one smart cookie.