I had a special gift this week! I think I am so lucky. Someone at school made a pine cone Paisley.... that means it is me but made out of pine cones!!
Usually I like to chew pine cones but this one is special. It has eyes and legs and a tail just like me. I used my thinking and knew it was not for chewing!
So.....I just sniffed it instead.
It is so nice when the children at school draw pictures or make things to look like me. I think it means that they like me and that makes me feel good!
I’m a lucky puppy to have so many people who like me!
#pineconepaisley #luckypuppy #friends
When I first had my fur cut I did not like it at all. I had to have clippers because it had become so long in lockdown and it was scary being left by Lesley in a place that I didn’t know, even though they were all very nice to me. I just didn’t know what to expect!
I have had to have my fur cut quite a lot since then. Every 7 weeks in fact. I know now that I have to go. My curly fur gets knotty easily and because I wear a harness it can get matted if it gets too long. Lesley practices with me – giving my paw, sitting still, doing good listening, standing, waiting etc. These are all things that I need to know when I get my fur cut.
This time I went without my big sister too because she doesn’t need her fur cut as often as me. I was very brave and I went on my own.
When Lesley collected me she was told that I had been ‘perfect’ and had done everything they asked me to do. They even said that I hadn’t been scared (I hid that bit well from them) and that because I was so good they had used me for a photo shoot to show how good they are at cutting fur!
I am now a poster girl for the groomers! ‘Pretty Perfect Paisley!’
Once you know about something it gets much easier to do it every time. Are there things you find difficult that I could try and help you with?
#perfectpuppy #poserpuppy #prettypuppy #postergirlpup #practicemakesperfect
Lesley used the word autumnal when she took this photo of me! Something about colours and me. I didn’t know what she meant.
Do people ever use words that you find hard to understand? I decided I had some different options.
My super sleuth puppy thinking made me decide to ‘work it out’. She talked about colours. Who do I know at school who knows things about colour?
Mmmmmmm..... think what I know......
Things I know about people at school. Mikki has lots of colour in the art room. Mikki has leaves and interesting things in the art room. I like Mikki and Mikki likes me. I think she might be able to help me work this out....
I had an art room adventure. I learnt about autumnal things..... leaves and colour and things to draw....(& chew!!) Turns out autumnal means ‘a characteristic of autumn’. I worked out that in the autumn the green leaves change colour. They change to reds and yellows and browns. Just like me!! Lesley meant I was the colour of autumn in this picture because I matched the leaves. Actually the leaves disguise me because I am an undercover super sleuth puppy!!!
I’m glad I knew someone who could help me work out a new word. I like it when people use my words because then I understand so much more. Remember it is always ok to ask for help....
#mywords #autumnalpuppy #supersluethpup #artrroomadventures
A simple hug can be very powerful.
It has the ability to reduce stress, cure sadness and say without words ‘you matter to me’.
I am learning to hug! You all matter to me.
#puppylove #mentalhealthawareness #schooldogscanhug
In half term I really wanted to be busy. I like being busy. It’s interesting to see things, hear things and sniff things. It’s super interesting to go to different places. We can’t do so much of being busy at the moment though because of this thing called coronavirus. I know we can go out in the fresh air and exercise though and that’s busy enough for me...
When I’m a school dog I know that I have to be quiet, well behaved and calm. I have to follow the rules and the routines. I am a professional puppy and I know what I need to do because I have been learning for a year now.
When I’m a home dog although I know the rules I sometimes forget them more. I think it’s because sometimes my routine changes at home because Lesley doesn’t always do things at the same time.
In half term Lesley has taken me for really long walks. Every single day! On one day though it rained all morning and Lesley didn’t seem to think walking was a good idea. I waited and waited and waited......
In the end I decided that I needed to remind Lesley that I was there so I took matters into my own paws!!! I can only speak dog so it was hard to say what I really wanted to say which was ‘please take me for a walk’ and I could tell she wasn’t really listening. I tried looking cute, sitting next to her, wandering past her but nothing worked to get her to think about me. She was busy doing Lesley type things. I wanted her to do Paisley type things!!
I upped my demands a bit.... I jumped on the chair where the cat was lying (I’m still not really understanding why his rules are different to mine!!) and that got her attention.... ‘get down!!’ .... not ‘oh come on let’s go for a walk’..... I ran around outside for a bit and tried barking (I’m not supposed to do that either) and she brought me back inside but then sat down!! In the end I had to really make myself clear so I got her shoes for her and pulled off her socks..... that finally got her attention!!!
Phew!!!! A lovely, wet, boggy, hilly sand dune walk for us all equals a very happy Paisley (& a very wet Lesley!!)
#makingneedsknown #notsopatientpuppy #socksandshoes #routineshelpusall #listeninghelps
Sometimes it is hard making friends. Sometimes we have to use our thinking a lot to work out what other people want to do or how they are feeling. Sometimes that is really, really hard. We might have to use our guessing to help us to work out if someone wants us to play or to be quiet.
I have to do that with my friend the cat. Sometimes he really likes to play with me and we play chase and we hug and we are really good friends but sometimes he doesn’t want to play. Lesley says the tip of his tail wags when he doesn’t want to play. That confuses me because the tip of my tail wags when I do want to play so it means he is different from me. Sometimes our friends are different from us and we have to learn about what they like and don’t like to do.
I have worked out lots of things that I do know about my friend the cat. These help me to know what to do when he does or doesn’t want to play:
It is good to know things about our friends. Have a think about a good friend you have. Tell me about what you know about them.
Keep making good friends. I like lying in the sun with my best friend. What do you like to do with your friend?
#puppypals #friendlypuppy #knowingaboutdifferences #catismybestfriend
Someone at school told Lesley this week that when things are different, changing and busy it gets harder for them to think.
They said that when they have to think harder it makes them tired. They also said that when they get tired it makes it even harder to think.
I think I understand what they mean.
I had a busy day at school. I saw children. I went to a meeting. I had to remember to follow all of the rules. I had a walk but then Lesley trains me so I have to listen and think all of the time. I had a look in some different classrooms when the children had gone. I even saw different members of staff. I have now worked out that if I sit in front of someone quietly they will say hello to me. It means I can choose who to say hello to now.
All that work meant I did a lot of new and busy things. I was tired. I used my thinking a lot. Lesley is good at knowing when I have done too much thinking. She knew that when I got home I needed a rest. She also lets me have rest times at school too.
I think I understand what they mean about thinking being hard work!!
Lesley is very pleased with me but I am a worn out pup!!
#changes #thinkingpuppy #tiredpuppy
Whoops! I made a mistake. Lesley thinks maybe because I was so tired after all of my school dog work that I just forgot to use my thinking. She said it is OK to make a mistake as long as I learn from it and then use what I know next time to help me remember what to do.
Things that I know:
Things that I like to do:
Things that I know happened:
Things that I learnt:
Do you forget to think when you are tired or excited? Sometimes it just makes it a bit harder to remember what to do and people need to give me a bit more time to think. I know now I should not have played with Lesley’s washed shoes but I also know that I had a lot of fun!!
#sleepisimportant #messypuppy #thinkingpuppy #learningfrommistakes
Someone at school had a birthday and they drew a picture of me. It made me really pleased. I do like it when pupils want to see me and draw pictures of me, it makes me feel special.
I have met a few pupils now and we have practiced tricks, had cuddles and been on walks.
It is fun being at school and being a school dog.
Now that I am a school dog I have started to do some proper work that means that I am not a ‘secret agent’ puppy and the children can see me.
I have been practicing my good walking with Lesley. I walk to the field that is near to school at lunchtime. I have to remember lots of things:
I have been on a couple of walks with some children. That was really good fun because I helped them to remember the rules and to feel good about having some fresh air an exercise.
I have also practiced on my own with Lesley to make sure that I know the route that I am walking because it helps when we know what to expect and when I am familiar with an area. When I am with just Lesley I even get to run off the lead but when I am working with the children I have to remember to stay on my lead and to stay close to Lesley all of the time.
I am looking forward to more children being able to come for a walk with me at lunchtime.
I like being a school dog. Do you like being back at school?
#teampaisley #schooldog #lunchtimewalks
I have come back to school for a couple of days this week. We found a new walk that takes as long as lunchtime play. I think there is a plan for me to take a student out for a walk each day.... or maybe they take me for a walk.... I’m not sure. I do know that I like to walk.
I like the grass too. If it’s been cut I roll on it. Sometimes I spy bugs in the grass. I’m not so keen on bugs. Little tiny moving things. They tickle too. I watch the bugs. I check the bugs. I spy the bugs. They can’t catch me.
When I’m not sure what something is I concentrate very hard and think very hard to try and work it out. I spy with my little eye something beginning with.....
What can you spy?
#backtoschool #paisleypup #ispybugs
It is so exciting. Lesley says that schools are back. I am going to be a full time school dog again and I will not be furloughed anymore.
I don’t know what furloughed means. Some words are really hard to understand but I had a guess (guessing is helpful because it makes us think) and I think it meant I didn’t have to be a school dog for a bit during lockdown. I had to be a home dog instead.
Even though I have been a home dog for a long time now I have still been practicing and working everyday. I have learnt so many things!! I can even read 2 words!! It is so I can be the best super puppy ever at Peterhouse School.
I am looking forward to being a school dog again and very soon I won’t have to be a secret agent any more!!
Lesley said I can start to visit next week just for short days at first and then I will be back in 4 days a week as a school dog. I am thinking about being a school dog again now. I am excited to start.
#backtoschool #newwords #newrules #thinkingpuppy
If you ever need proof that I am a super puppy secret agent, with puppy powers here it is....
Flying puppy!! I just have to learn to flap my ears and I might stay up in the air for longer!
#superpup #puppypowers #flying
When I’m at school everyone ignores me. It is because I am a puppy undercover. A secret agent. I know really that it helps me to keep calm and to concentrate on Lesley because when I get excited I forget to listen. I do love meeting people though.
When I’m at home visitors also are told to ignore me so I don’t jump up at them or pester them for attention. I have learnt that if I sit next to someone they will eventually say hello.
What happens when school people visit?? They know all the rules. They know without being told to ignore me. They know I am really an undercover agent.
Carina came to visit! I wanted to talk to her but she followed all of the rules so well.
After a while (ages!!!) Lesley said she could say hello to me. To start with she didn’t look at me! It’s because I was still a secret agent. Then we posed for a picture! In the end my puppy charms won her over and she and I had cuddles!
I have to remember that at school Carina will still follow the rules. At home, when I’m not working, I am allowed to say hello as long as I keep thinking and listening.
Sometimes there are different rules at different times. It is about all about me remembering to turn on my thinking so that I can remember what I know and then I make really good decisions and things go well for me.
Carina and I are friends now though and I know that good friends help each other so we will both remember the rules when we are at school.
#puppypals #helpingeachother #thinking #knowing
On hot days I feel like a hot dog! I’ve learnt that if I dig a lot the sand underneath is quite cool. I also like to cuddle though so I dig wherever someone sits down and then I have the ‘best of both’. Cuddles and a cooler dog!
I’m not sure the people sitting down find it quite so comfortable though! They talk a lot about not wanting sand all over them but in the end my cuddles and smiley face make them give in.
#hotdog #puppyplay #puppyhugs #funinthesun
And when we all face change and it is a bit scary and we are not sure what to do anymore the thing we have to always remember is to ‘think outside the box’.
So I now know that this means to turn on our thinking to find another way of doing things..... I didn’t do that first! A puppy has to dream too..... I dreamt I was going to get to eat all of the cat’s Dreamies treats..... turns out it was just a box! And not a very big one either!
It has been a strange year – or so Lesley tells me. I don’t know though because it is my very first year of being a school dog and my very first year of being alive.
I have had so many exciting experiences and also I have learnt lots of new things. The best thing that I learnt is that I can cope with change.
First of all I was going to be a school dog, then I was ‘in training’ and so I had to be a secret agent puppy behind the scenes and not work with the children. Then, just when I was doing really well, I became a home dog because of schools having to be closed. I am now back to being a puppy in training and have visited school to help me remember what it is like. In September Lesley tells me everyone will be back and so will I. So I am a school dog after all.
All of those changes were a lot for me to get used to. I have learnt to use my thinking and my listening. I am able to work things out as long as I stay a calm, concentrating and connected puppy because then I remember the rules. I remember to listen to the people who help me and I know what is going on. Sometimes I make a mistake – I am only a puppy still but now I just remember to turn my thinking back on and try again.
I have learnt lots of things that will help me with my training. I can walk to heel, sit, stand, go down, spin, roll over, shake paws, middle, stay, wait, fetch a ball, play fun games, jump through a hoop, play the connection game, listen, leave and go on my settle mat.
I am still learning about ‘instant down’ but I am trying hard. Lesley says we are going to practice a lot in the holidays so I can remember everything I need to be an excellent school dog. It is my birthday in the summer holidays too and I will be 1 year old!!
I hope you all have a good summer break and I cannot wait to see you all in September.
Happy Holidays Everyone– I am going to spend mine walking on the beach and in the dunes. My favourite places to be.
I don’t know about you but I am getting good at learning new things all of the time now. I am getting used to the word ‘change’ and knowing that I have to turn on my thinking.
We are allowed to do more things again now like go to school, visit a friend, go to a shop but we have to remember the new rues too. We have to remember to:
Because places are opening up a little bit I was allowed to go for my first proper haircut this week. It was a bit shorter than I was expecting but because I am ok with things not going quite as I expect them to these days, I turned my thinking on and remembered that it will grow back curly in the end!!!
#nomorecurls #puppygrooming #followingrules #teampaisley
I have had to think about a lot of changes. This has been since March. The changes I have had to think about are:
All of these changes make a puppy pretty worn out. My thinking has had to go into extra thinking mode. I sometimes get things wrong and I sometimes forget to concentrate but when I really think I remember the rules, I remember what I know and I remember the people who help me and it makes me feel OK. In fact I feel like I am a very lucky puppy.
The things I know are:
I think I am a lucky puppy and that I can cope with all the changes after all.
#puppypower #teampaisley #changeisok #thinkingpuppy #schooldog
I have become a school dog again. Just for two short visits. So that I knew what to expect.
Guess what? It felt just the same.
Everyone was smiling, happy, having a good time and...... remembering to ignore me!
I tried really hard to get them to say hello. I crawled up to Mikki and kissed her foot, I rolled over in front of Lynne, I wagged my tail a lot and cuddled up to Carina and I looked cute when Debbie and Lindsay walked past me... Debbie nearly forgot the rules and asked Lesley if she could stroke me and Lesley said ‘no!’ Apparently I have to really remember the rules so that I can start getting ready to do my proper school dog work after the summer holidays. Guess what I did next?
Yep! I did what I know. I had a good think and remembered I must sit quietly, listen to Lesley and be a calm, connected and concentrating puppy. So that is what I did. Lesley was very pleased with me. I also had a puppy power nap because I remembered that snoozing is my super power.
It was so nice to visit school again. Even though there is tape on the floor, hand washing stations, new rules about not standing too close to people and having to wash your hands.... a lot! It was still so nice to see all the friendly, familiar faces. It may be the ‘new normal’ but it felt just the same to me.
#newnormal #staysafe #schoolvisits #puppypower #friends
Hot hot hot!! Phew!!
I have been out and about in my special coat again so that I remember what it feels like to wear it. Sometimes different things feel funny or strange to us. To start with I pulled at it but then I remembered that I didn’t mind wearing it although when the weather is hot it makes me glad Lesley did my funny lockdown haircut so that both coats are not too hot!
Lesley has been making sure that I am school ready and so I have been wearing my uniform again when I am practicing to be a school dog. I think I’m visiting school next week just for a short time.
Yesterday I was at home though and it was so hot I didn’t even go for my walk. I played in the shade and with the water in the garden. I thought about the best ways to keep cool. Things I know that help me:
I did a good job keeping cool and Lesley made sure I was OK too. It’s sometimes trickier for me to think when I’m hot and bothered so it was good that Lesley helped me.
Remember to drink lots of water too when it’s hot. There are lots of things we can do to help ourselves as long as we remember to turn on our thinking!!
I’m excited to visit school again. I hope it won’t be quite so hot!
#keepsafe #hotdog #schoolvisit #thinkingpuppy
Lockdown is gradually changing. That’s what seems to be happening. Lesley says that we can think about me becoming a school dog again instead of a home one.
Lesley says things are different but my rules are the same. I’m still not allowed to talk to anyone and they have to ignore me. Humph!! I was hoping it would be new rules for me.
I’m not going back quite yet but soon and I will probably only do maybe 2 days in school so to start with I will be both a home and school learner. My bubble will be Lesley’s office. I think other people will be in their own class groups too and that means not as much mixing to start with.
Everyone is the same though. Lesley says it’s the same school, the same people and the same children but just with some new rules.
I keep thinking about new rules. I must remember them. People help us to do that. Things keep changing quite a bit too but people still help us to remember the changes. I must start turning on my thinking to get things right.....
I know that I’m still supposed to physically distance from the cat.... that is my rule.... but I’m not 100% sure that he knows or understands the same rule. It’s a good job we are in the same family and hugs are allowed!!
I will have to help him remember because he is my friend and we all try to help one another.
I cannot wait to start my two days a week in school. It is really exciting to think that soon I might get to see you all again even if it is from a distance!!
#specialbubbles #rememberingrules #physicaldistancing #puppyplayhugs #catsdoastheyplease
Now that I am allowed to see people again (as long as I keep my distance) Lesley has been taking me on different walks so that I can remember all of the rules when I am in different places.
I know what I am supposed to do. I have to be a calm, connected and concentrating puppy but sometimes my puppy brain forgets to think. When that happens I lose all of my concentration and I stop listening. Lesley is very patient with me but I think she just wants me to remember the rules.
I know I am supposed to listen to Lesley. I know I must stay near her. I know to come back. I know that what she says is the most important thing to listen to. I know she always gives me a tasty treat..... but....
When you go to a new place like the beach it is very hard to remember and it all went out of my mind. I forgot to listen. I ran and rolled and dug and fell in the water and smelled smells that I had never smelt before... it was so exciting. I had the best time ever but I think I forgot to be a connected puppy and became a chaotic puppy for the afternoon instead!
I must remember to turn my thinking on for the next time that I visit the beach. I also must remember not to fall into puddles or roll in smelly fishy smells.... apparently that is not good either!!
Do you like the beach? I think it might be my favourite place to go.
#thinkingpuppy #remembertherules #toomuchfun
This week I had to cope with two new things!
Removal of stitches and a haircut!!
A professional removed the stitches! That was good. I knew she knew what she was doing. It is good to know things about people to help us work things out.
Lesley gave me my haircut!!!
What I know about Lesley is that she is not trained in dog grooming!! I also know that she was making it up as she went along! I also knew that my hair was very long and my special coat to stop me licking my stitches had made me knotty and itchy so the haircut was a good plan. I crossed my paws and hoped for the best. After all our planning about hairdressers I had to make do with a home cut!!
I stood very still. I closed my eyes. There was a lot of fur.... on the floor! I felt so cool and airy though.... it’s not so bad!
Home haircuts are all the craze during lockdown!! Have you had your haircut yet?
#homehairdressing #shortfur #coolpup #readyfornextphase
When we don’t feel very well we need people who care for us. When things are different we need people who understand us.
I have needed that this week because I had to go and have an operation. It was a bit of a shock to me because Lesley didn’t explain what was happening although I did know a little bit because I went to the place where the lady who sticks pins in me works. Do you remember the pins were called injections? I did but when I went this time Lesley had to leave me all day. I didn’t know what was happening and that made me not sure what to do. I went very quiet and I sat in a cage and waited. I waited a lot and then the lady took me out. They were very nice. I think it might be a bit like people in the NHS that care for other people. The vet cared for me and made sure that I was OK.
I had a long sleep but when I woke up it felt different from usual. I felt a bit poorly and a bit sore. I had a cut on my tummy and lots of bits of thread coming out of it. It hurt me a little bit. I was not really sure what was happening so I decided that I would use my skills and strategies to help me so I listened a lot and I did super puppy snoozing and I waited and waited because I wanted Lesley to come and get me. When we don’t know what is happening it is helpful if the people who know us best are there to help but we can also use our own skills and strategies that we know help us too. The vet was very kind to me too.
In the afternoon I heard Lesley’s voice and I started to wag my tail a lot. I wanted to go home and I knew that was going to happen. I felt much better when I got home although I had to wear a funny suit to stop me looking at the threads which I now know are called stitches. I had a really long sleep at home. I didn’t want to eat my tea but I was very glad to be at home where everything is what I know.
The next day I felt much better and although I am not allowed to run much at the moment my stitches don’t hurt anymore which means that I am ‘on the mend’. The operation means that I cannot have any puppies of my own but that is good because there is only room in my house and at Peterhouse for one super puppy and that is me!
Have a happy half term everyone.
#poorlypup #NHS #peoplewhocare #puppyskills #teampaisley
This week I think I learnt how to fly! Or at least it felt like that but maybe it wasn’t real....
We have all had to stay at home for such a long time apart from our daily exercise but I am so lucky because I live in walking distance of some wonderful sand dunes!
The sun was shining and I thought that I would try out my super puppy powers on the dunes when I was on my daily walk! I ran so fast that my ears flapped and my feet left the ground. I think my super puppy powers were working overtime!
Lesley was pleased with me because I remembered all of the things she has taught me even though I was feeling excited. I also remembered to stay socially distanced from the one other dog and person we saw on the sand dunes! That means I listened and stopped when Lesley called me. I knew how to follow all of the new rules.
There are lots of rules for us to learn at the moment. Things keep changing and we need to think hard to remember what to do.
I know that I am now allowed to go to different places when we walk because we can now go on more than one walk a day. We still have to socially distance but I am looking forward to seeing my friend Elfie on a walk (as long as we stay socially distanced which means 2m apart) because that is the rule!
I don’t think her ears will help her to fly like mine seem to!! She isn’t a super secret agent puppy like me so she doesn’t have super powers!
Exercise is good for our minds as well as our bodies and helps us to feel good. It made me feel so good and I had lots of fun. I hope you are remembering to exercise and to do Carole’s PE challenges! I’m going to keep running up and down the dunes!
#superpuppypowers #flyingpup #sunnysanddunes #exerciseisgood #PEchallenge
A doorstep photo shoot in aid of Queenscourt Hospice! I am not really sure what that means but I had great fun.
I just know that I had lots of treats from Lesley and had to have my picture taken. A man stood at the end of the drive so he was socially distanced from us and I just had to pose and look super cute....
I went for:
It was something new to try. Can any of you take any doorstep photos that we can share?
#posingpuppy #charitybeginsathome #thinkingofothers #queenscourthospice #DHKpuppy #paisleypup
Have you ever had one of those weeks when it seems like you are having to jump through lots of different hoops?
Lesley says sometimes when everything is different it feels like we have to jump through lots of hoops to reach an outcome. I thought she meant jumping through actual hoops so I had a go to see what it was like. Wrong again!!! Sometimes people use funny phrases that mean something else.
‘Like a dog with a bone’ means not to give up and to keep on trying. I understand that because I know that when I want a bone I keep on trying to get it!
‘Jumping through hoops’ means something different too. It means having to do lots of difficult things to get something that should be easy done.
People are ‘jumping through hoops’ a lot at the moment. They are having to make lots of plans and use their thinking to work things out. People are having to work in different ways. People are living in different ways. People need to follow the rules. Sometimes it’s hard and sometimes it’s easier but we all need to help each other!
I thought as a super puppy that I would just keep practising actual hoop jumping because I understand what that means. It is much easier for me if people say the words that I understand rather than these different phrases that say one lot of words but mean something else. I have to really turn my thinking into power puppy mode just to make sense of what is happening! That is hard work!
Do you sometimes find it hard to make sense of what people are talking about?
I’ll just keep jumping for now.....
#doublemeaning #superthinking #puppypower #teampaisley
I thought all this sunshine and warm weather meant it was a long summer holiday but Lesley told me that’s not true. She said that we are very lucky that it is sunny and warm though because it means the sky is blue and that makes us feel better!
That doesn’t make sense to me! Why does blue sky make me feel better? Sometimes people say things that are different to my thinking. I then have to start thinking extra hard to work out what they really mean.
Thinking extra hard is not always in my puppy plans. Sometimes I get a sniff and I think ‘that smells really good’ so I go and investigate it and then Lesley says ‘leave’ and that means I have to not sniff it, touch it, eat it, look at it.... I have to make a choice to listen or sniff! The nose often wins!! Lesley says my thinking needs to win more so we have to do extra work to help me learn!
We practice in the garden, in the kitchen, in the lounge, in the hall, when I go for a walk and when I’m eventually allowed back we will practice at school too! Apparently it is so that I can learn to use my thinking in lots of different places and not just in one place. Now she has started making me listen to other people too so that I really think and learn to use my thinking even if someone says it in a different way. It is about me learning to understand other people.
It is all quite hard work. My puppy plans were to play in the garden and snooze in the sun but Lesley said I have to get used to listening, thinking and changing my puppy plans.
But as she says.... at least the sky is blue....
“The most important thing is, even when we’re apart … I’ll always be with you…” (Winnie the Pooh)
Sometimes we all have to look at the good things that happen, especially when things are difficult. This helps us to stop worrying about the harder things that we don’t understand and to keep our minds on the good things that we can control and that we know about. Lesley always tells me to use my thinking…
So I had a really good think..... ‘think think think’ (like Winnie the Pooh). The good things for me are…
The sun has been shining.
I’m with my family.
I still get to learn.
I still get to exercise.
I still get to play.
I still have food in my tummy.
I still have a cosy bed to sleep in.
I still have my friends..... even if at the moment they are far apart.....
I know that I am a lucky puppy!
Lesley was right. Thinking is helpful to us all of the time. What positive thinking can you do? Please tell me about something you have done over the Easter period.
#positivepuppy #puppyfriends #paisleyspals #teampaisley #peterhousepuppy
I have had to learn a lot of words since I started my training to become a school dog. Each word means something different. Lesley tries very hard to remember to use the right words and give me the right signals at the same time so I don’t get confused. She has had to learn them too.
I know words like ‘sit’ and ‘down’. They are easy words for me and I know what to do. I then have to learn words like ‘stay’ and ‘wait’. They mean slightly different things. If I stay I cannot move until Lesley returns but if I’m told to ‘wait’ I have to keep listening because I know I will be asked to do something else too.
I think people everywhere are having to learn new words too at the moment. Words like ‘social distancing’ and ‘self isolating’.
Lesley said I need to learn to social distance from the cat and I now know that means stay about 6ft away from him and not try to give him a puppy cuddle. She has told me if I can’t learn to do that then I will have to self isolate in my crate or a different room when the cat is having a quiet walk around. That would mean I wouldn’t be able to see him at all and would stay on my own.
I think it might be hard to have to do that. So I am trying my very best to practice my social distancing from the cat. Lesley is helping me to learn. It is very hard because I love to hug him and sniff him and play with him. He is one of my best friends and I miss seeing him so close.
I miss seeing my friend Elfie too. She is not allowed to visit me at the moment and usually we play together every week. At the moment people all need to stay inside their homes. Puppies like me and Elfie too. We are allowed to go out for one special walk a day but then we must practice social distancing and not run up to other puppies or big dogs.
I have found this very hard. I think it has been one of the most difficult things to learn. Lesley said everyone is learning it at the the same time and if we can get it right then soon we will get to see our friends again.
I am going to try my very best to be super good at it because I miss my friends. I hope you are practicing it too. Stay safe with your families and I will see you all soon.
#staysafe #learningtogether #newwords #teampaisley
Everywhere I go people help me! I’m so lucky.
People at school have helped me to pass my puppy tests by keeping me calm and not making me excited by ignoring me.
My family help me to listen. They have taken me to lots of different places so I learn all of the time. They love me, teach me, play with me, walk me and feed me and I just have fun all of the time.
When I have been on the sand dunes people help me to remember I’m a special dog by reading my jacket and ignoring me. Once upon a time a while ago I was extra lucky because I meet someone I know from school on the dunes and they just ‘know’ what to do to help me. They make is extra easy for me to be a super puppy. When I’m calm it’s much easier to listen, concentrate and think and then I make the right choices!
We all have to help each other when things are tricky for us. I think it is a tricky time at the moment so we all need to be kind to each other and think about how lucky we are to have each other. If you are finding things tricky write me a letter and I will see if I can help you like you help me. I would like to be helpful as a home dog as well as a school dog.
If you have seen me on the sand dunes then thank you for your help! You are some of my favourite friends!
#superpuppy #dunewalking #friends #learningallofthetime #cavapoo #teampaisley #lucky #bekind #helpfulfriends
Things have been different! I know that because lots of things have changed very suddenly!
I thought I was going to be a school dog but it turns out that for the time being I am a home dog instead.
I thought to start with I had done something wrong. Lesley said that wasn’t it. Apparently it isn’t just me that isn’t allowed to go to school. Schools are all shut!
She said as soon as everybody is allowed to go back to school I will go back too. I am still a school dog.
It feels strange being a home dog. Usually I like getting up and going to school. I like to see my friends (even if they don’t talk to me because of school dog training rules!), I like listening to everybody and trying to work out what’s going on. I realised that I like using my thinking in school a lot!
Now I have to use my thinking a bit differently. I have to use it for remembering what I know.
I need to remember that even though I’m a home dog I still am trying to learn .
I need to remember that I’m still trying to get ready to be a successful grown up DHK dog who will work with all the children.
I still need to remember to exercise my brain and my body even if I’m not allowed to go out.
I need to remember that even if I’m not allowed to meet and see my friends at Peterhouse they are all waiting to be allowed back to school to see me too and we will see each other again soon.
I need to remember that when everything changes I have to really use my thinking to help me know what to do and to make good choices.
I need to remember that I am good at knowing myself and what helps me but that sometimes I get distracted and that I can try again another time.
I need to remember things that I have learnt already that help me like zones of regulation, thinking skills, things I can do without help and how to relax in a puppy power nap (my best skill!)
I need to remember most of all that I am a super puppy and I will keep practicing my puppy powers to show everybody when I’m allowed to be a school dog again!
#homeschoolpuppy #teampaisley #dealingwithchange #knowingwhatyouknow #remembering
This week I made a mistake!
I have learnt that when I have a bath Lesley likes me to stay clean for longer than 10 minutes.
I need to remember that rule!
Sometimes we forget things that we are told. It is hard to remember everything. That is when thinking is useful but there are times when other things happen around me that I forget to use my thinking and that doesn’t end well!
Let me tell you what happened...
I saw a lovely plant in our house. I usually ignore the plant. I learnt from the very start that Lesley didn’t think chewing it was a good idea. That was something that I just know now.
Now that I am taller though I can see inside the plant pot. There is a lot of lovely soil in the pot. It is like the soil I’m allowed to dig in when I’m outside. I thought Lesley was so kind to let me have inside digging too. I wasn’t breaking the plant rule. I know I’m allowed to dig when I’m outside. I didn’t know that inside is a different rule.
I didn’t know that after a bath there is also a different rule. Lesley didn’t tell me and that is not a clear rule. Lesley did not like me having an inside dig and she did not think soil all over a super clean puppy and her newly washed floor was a good idea! Lesley was not pleased with me!
I know that now. I will try to remember. When exciting things happen or ideas pop into my thoughts I still have to try to remember to use my thinking so that things go well for me!
Do you ever forget to use your thinking? I would love to know what you do to help yourself remember?
I think the thing we need to remember now is to wash our paws!
#thinkingpuppy #learningallofthetime #noinsidedigging #stayclean #cavapoo #teampaisley
Did I tell you about my tricky time in half term? It was quite hard work for me. We had visitors. They were new to me and stayed in my house. They were different to Lesley and people at school. They did different things that I wasn’t used to.
They were so exciting. Two little boys who ran and jumped and giggled and squealed. They were only little and I could reach them really easily, especially if I jumped!
Lesley told them the rules. They tried really hard to ignore me but they found it too hard not to look at me because they are only very little so I thought that meant that I could play.
I got very confused. Sometimes people do things that we aren’t expecting them to do and then we have to remember the rules even though they aren’t doing them properly! I found it really really difficult.
Lesley had to help me a lot. She also had to take me away a few times to calm me down because I got too excited and then I couldn’t use my thinking or my listening!
Once I got used to them I was able to work out what was happening and then I knew what I had to do even though they didn’t always follow the ‘ignore Paisley’ rule. I was much calmer then and I even did some training with the little boys and listened to what they said. Easy things like ‘sit’ and ‘down ’. It’s good to get used to new people. We have to learn about them so we know what to do. I made new friends because I used my thinking and listening well..... in the end!
#newpeople #notfollowingrules #different #keeptryinghard #learning #cavapoo #teampaisley
I met someone new this week! On the sand dunes. My absolute favourite place. Guess who I met?? I met my sister!!
She is older than me. We played and ran and had so much fun. She decided that she liked Lesley because she had lots of treats. We all walked together. Peppa, Bella and me!
My adopted big sister Peppa and my actual real sister, Bella, with the same dog mum and dad! I’m so lucky to meet all of these other dogs. I hope I get to see Bella again soon.
I did stop listening though and Lesley told me that if I kept doing that then I wouldn’t be allowed to play again! It’s really hard sometimes to listen when you are having so much fun!! I forgot to use my zones of regulation to calm down. Do you use yours?
I promise that I will do my very best to concentrate all the time though because I liked playing with Bella and I want to do it again!
#funonthedunes #realsister #cavapoos #zonesofregulation #teampaisley
Now that I am a little bit older I am starting to go to a lot of new places. Lesley says it is so I learn how to use my strategies to be a super puppy everywhere that I go and not just at home or school.
I thought that half term was about having a rest. Last time it was a half term that is what Lesley said. This time she changed her mind. She told me it is about working hard and getting to be an even better super puppy secret agent!
It is hard when people do that. Change their minds! It makes things confusing so I had to use my thinking to work things out.
I decided that she meant that I was still working and that she was going to have a rest! I’m not sure that is fair but she has taken me to some really interesting places so maybe she is being busy too!
I met goats at the farm! They were a bit scary particularly when they wanted to play with me! They don’t play in the same way as dogs or cats!
I went to Southport shopping! We went to the bank, a clothes shop, a card shop and a jewellery shop! It was boring! I just had to use my waiting skills..... a lot!
Then we went to ‘A Great Little Place’... it was the Autism Initiatives cafe!! Lesley had lunch there. It smelled sooooo good! Everyone was eating delicious food. I was NOT! I had to sit quietly and wait. Lesley gave me a chewy stick but it was not as good as all the smells. Guess what I then chose to do?? My super power! Super puppy snoozing!! It was the only way to help me not to think about all of the delicious smells. Lesley said we will be visiting there again so I can keep practising ignoring the delicious smells!
We had lots of fun walks on the sand dunes too where I could play with lots of friends. I love the sand dunes.
I had a bath again too. I know now that before we go back to school after a holiday I ALWAYS have a bath. It’s so that I smell good!
I loved my half term but I’m looking forward to seeing all my friends at Peterhouse again too.
#cavapoo #growingup #thinkinginnewplaces #teampaisley #outandabout #newthings #halfterm
Working as a secret agent puppy has its challenges. I want to be friends with everyone at Peterhouse very much indeed. I have to be so patient. Lesley tells me it will be worth it in the end! I have had a few special agent tasks to keep things interesting like writing letters, writing blogs, special certificates and sharing my ideas with Lesley.
I have also been practicing all of my homework everyday and last week I received a special rosette to say I was a good citizen and had passed some of my puppy tests. My hard work is beginning to pay off!
A few blogs ago I also asked if anyone could draw me a picture. I waited and waited.... I’m getting good at waiting!
Imagine my excitement when last week I received the most wonderful pictures from some of the children. It made me feel so special! I may be a secret agent but I’m the luckiest and proudest one around. What talented young people we have at Peterhouse! Thank you for my wonderful artwork! Lesley is framing a picture for her office and I’m a proud puppy at a Peterhouse 💖
#friends #feelingproud #teampaisley #cavapoo #puppypictures #goodcitizen
I had a special job to do this week! I think it means I am growing up! I had to go with Lesley and Lynne to head office.
I had a plan in my head that this was going to be really exciting. New things to sniff, new people to look at and new things to do. Maybe I would be able to talk to everyone because they wouldn’t know the secret agent rules......
My expectations were NOT met! My plan did NOT work out as I thought it was going to. Do you know why? Lesley had told everyone I was undercover and that meant they all had to ignore me too!!!! So they all did!
I had to use my thinking pretty quickly to make a new plan! Can you guess what I did.....
Super puppy snoozing! Do what you know you are good at and what helps you! I used my settle mat and had a puppy power nap! Lesley was very pleased with me. Apparently I was excellent. She told me that I really was a super puppy!
I liked going to Head Office. It was something new. It was interesting. I know now that I can change my plans and make new ones if I need to by using my thinking and doing the things that I know how to do. I am getting really good at thinking and I keep practicing it all of the time!
#teampaisley #cavapoo #thinkingpuppy #changeofplan #headoffice
I’m not allowed upstairs.... but I’m good at waiting!
I’m not allowed to chase the cat..... but I’m good at playing!
I’m not allowed to jump up... but I’m good at sitting.
I’m not allowed to make a lot of noise.... but I’m good at listening.
I’m not allowed to get on the furniture.... but I’m good at lying on the floor.
I’m not allowed to run too far away from Lesley.... and I’m also good at coming back.
I’m super good at sniffing and snoozing too. My main two super powers!
I’m also good at being with my friends who help me to learn to do the things that they already know.
My next super power to gain is my own thinking and knowing.... soon I’m going to be super good at that too!
What things do you know? What are you good at? I would love to know....
#superpowers #superpuppy #knowingispower
#superthinking #supercavapoo #superteampaisley
Did you know there are places where you go to have your haircut?
Apparently I need my hair cutting soon because my fringe is getting very long! This time it was for Lesley to get her hair cut. I had to go because then I learn and know about hair salons.
There were lots of noises, smells and people. I knew what a hairdryer was because Lesley gives me a blow dry after a bath but I didn’t know about hairsprays, scissors, swivel chairs, loose cut hair on the floor, blowers, smelly shampoos and hair products!! It was very noisy and chatty too!
So.....Guess what I did?
You know me.... I do what I know.... I used my best skills to help me. I had a good sniff around, looked at everyone and then..... you’re right.... super puppy snoozing!!! Once I understood what was going on I relaxed and had a puppy super snooze!!
I’m guessing that next time it might be my turn for the haircut!! I wonder if I go to the same place??
#supersnoozing #haircuts #newskills #thinking #knowing #guessing
Lesley used her thinking to know about me this week!
I have done a few things that I’m not supposed to do.
I turned off my listening.
I turned off my thinking.
I turned off my knowing.
I then did some things that I haven’t done before.
I made a big, chewy mess of sticks in Lesley’s office.
I spat out some of my treats.... (very unusual behaviour from me)
I tried to play Uno by myself.... but apparently you are not supposed to eat the cards.
Lesley worked out my teeth are really, really hurting. A lot!!!
My baby teeth are falling out and my big, grown up teeth are growing. I want to chew, chew, chew and bite, bite, bite on things but my food is just too hard at the moment and my mouth hurts.
I know I shouldn’t have chewed up school property.... even though it was only 2 cards! Next time I will chew on the tasty chew stick and ice that Lesley gives me to make my teeth feel better. I just didn’t know how to tell her my teeth were hurting.
Because Lesley is good at thinking she worked it out and has helped me to feel better.
When we can’t say what’s wrong the people that help us are really good at working it out and making things feel better.
My teeth still hurt but I will try and think more so that I can help myself too.
#teething #teampaisley #cavapoo #peoplewhohelp #learningfornexttime
I go to 2 schools now!! Peterhouse School and puppy school.
We have to go each week to a special puppy school near a place called Wigan so that I can practice my listening, concentration and thinking while there are lots of other dogs about. I have to go in the car for quite a long time and then I have to work hard for 50 minutes. It is after I have already worked hard at Peterhouse School all day so I have a quick snooze in the car on my way to make sure I am ready to think when I get there. A clear mind makes a concentrating puppy!!!
I am doing quite well I think!
Lesley is pleased with me and I get lots of special treats when I do well. I like treats! They taste great. It is definitely worth trying to follow the rules. I like to do things well. It makes me feel good and then I wag my tail, a lot!!!
The more I learn the easier it becomes so I thought I would do some homework too. I learn a lot from my big sister. I copy her and I know she follows the rules which helps me to remember them! I also watched a programme about 5 puppies who were learning to become guide dogs. They had to do lots of interesting things and when I watched it I realised that they are trained just like me!!!
They had to learn to listen and think and do this special thing called ‘loose lead walking!’ I have to learn this too!! It is my hardest skill so far. Lesley says I need to practice it.... a lot!! Apparently if we practice things that are hard for us they get easier!
My puppy nose is my secret agent super power and it is so tricky not to follow it... especially when we are loose lead walking...I must remember to concentrate and not go faster than Lesley but I sniff sniff sniff and then I stop thinking and listening. I just like to follow my nose!
I must remember to turn my thinking on and my nose off every time I am on the lead!
#puppysuperpower #learning #sniffing
#homework #watchingtv #teampaisley #cavapoo #looseleadwalking #bigsistergoals
It is so exciting... apparently!
Lesley asked her very clever friend if she could turn me into a cartoon! I wasn’t sure what that meant but I was happy to try and find out. Sometimes when I’m not sure about what something means I find it a good idea to have a ‘think’ or a ‘guess’ to see if I can work it out.
It didn’t take me long to know what she meant because Lesley showed me the pictures. It means I am a drawing as well as a puppy. Paisley Puppy with Puppy Powers.... the secret agent who is now undercover and ‘behind the scenes’ at Peterhouse School.
Also I’m hiding in a book as a secret agent...‘where’s Paisley?’. I did try playing that game when we went on a walk in the sand dunes but Lesley didn’t think that was a good idea. She didn’t seem to think ‘finding Paisley’ was a good game! I was just trying to recreate the book but apparently that is NOT a good idea! I know now and I have been very good since that day and always come when she calls me. We had a lot of practice and she took Christmas dinner turkey as special treats for when I did good listening. Yum!!
I really wish I could meet everyone in school properly! I sometimes catch a glimpse of children but they all ignore me so they can earn a Paisley Point!! They do it very well! Apparently then the pupil with the most points gets to meet me properly first!
How long is a year? How long have I done already?
That’s how long I have to be a secret agent for!! Maybe some of the children could draw cartoons of me too so that I can see what they think of me!?? I like that idea..... I won’t feel so invisible then!
#teampaisley #thinkingpuppy #puppypictures #cartooncavapoo
It is 2020 I’m told! I’m not sure what that means because I haven’t been around for very long and so I’m still learning!
Lesley told me we should count our blessings and look forward positively to this next year. I started counting. I wasn’t sure what my blessings were so I had a guess at what she meant.... sometimes guessing is a good way to practice our thinking!! So my blessings are:
1. My family- they love me very much
2. My job- I’m so lucky to come to Peterhouse School and I’m excited to learn
3. My friends- the children at Peterhouse are definitely my friends because they are so good at helping me to learn.
4. My home- so cozy and warm with a lovely comfy bed.
5. My walks- being outside and seeing new things make me feel good
6. My sniffy nose- I can sniff out a treat from a long way away (it is one of my super powers)
7. My curly, waggy tail- it makes people laugh
8. My brain- for learning about all the things I have to do and knowing how to do them
9. My ears- to help me do good listening
10. My feet- to help me to get to where I want to go
Lesley said it is traditional to make a New Years resolution. That means what you are going to do differently in 2020!!!
I’m think I’m still in my first year though (I’m only 5 months old!) so my resolution is to keep thinking, listening and learning and to try my best to pass my puppy tests!
Have a ‘paws’ for thought and see what your new year resolutions are!
Happy New Year!
I’m not really sure what this means but things have been pretty confusing even for a super puppy like me!!
Everything looks, smells and sounds a little bit different! I am having to really think hard to work out what is going on. When things get different I sometimes forget what I need to do and then I find thinking a little bit harder work....but Lesley helps me to remember and work things out and then I feel OK again!
I first thought something was odd when I discovered a tree..... INDOORS!!! It was covered with lots of sparkles and balls and looked good enough to play with .... I usually play with sticks, crunchy things and balls so I thought it would be OK but apparently this tree is different and playing with any part of it is not part of the ‘rules!’ That was the first thing that was confusing and different!!
I still have the odd munch when no one is looking but if I’m honest it doesn’t taste as good as it looks!
There has been lots of different music playing and delicious smells coming from the kitchen. Cinnamon smells, gingerbread, marzipan, mince pies, chocolate to name a few!! My puppy nose is in overtime sniff mode! I like sausages and cheese the best!
Lesley also keeps popping out to the shops to do ‘special shopping’ and I have had to be very patient waiting for her to come back. I’m getting good at waiting.
Lesley also did this thing called ‘wrapping presents’ which I tried to help her with but in all honesty I think she needs to learn about patience from me.... she did not think my help was helpful at all!!! I pulled the paper to make sure there was a big enough piece to wrap the present but Lesley was not grateful at all and did not think I needed to join in!
Lots of people pop in and out of the house too at Christmas time and I have to work out who they are and what’s going on. It seems it is a busy time of year which is exciting and confusing all at the same time! I am having to think extra hard to work out what is going on which tires me out so you can guess what I do..... super puppy snoozing.... my best skill and I know I am good at it!! Remember .... Do what you know helps and you know about (that’s what I say) and then I always feel better afterwards!!
Anyway I am going to keep thinking and work out what is in all my ‘mystery’ packages. Lesley says I can open them on Christmas Day... whenever that is....it seems like it has been Christmas for a long time already!! But until then I’ll keep waiting!! (Remember I’m getting good at that too!)
I would like to say Merry Christmas to you all and thank you for reading my blog! I will post again in the new year.
Merry Christmas everyone!
From Paisley xxx
Last week I had to work very hard! Lesley told me we had to make a special trip in the car. I worked out it was different to my usual trips because Lesley was doing things differently.
She did the following:
Make my car crate extra comfy
Pack my bed
Pack my sleep crate
Pack my food
Pack lots of treats
Pack her own PJs and toothbrush
.....but still bring her laptop!!!
I used my super puppy powers of deduction and decided something different was happening! Maybe we were having a holiday?? She had also given me another bath the night before!!! (although I was ready for it this time because I remembered what happens when she fills the utility room sink!)
We went in the car! It seemed a long time. I used my snoozing powers to help time go faster. Every now and then we stopped at something called a service station and Lesley did a bit of ‘training’ with me. I had to walk on a loose lead and concentrate on her when other dogs walked past!
After what seemed like a very long time we got to a hotel. Lesley put my special travel sleep crate and bed up and gave me toys and chewy things and then..... she opened her laptop and ignored me!!
I decided that if this is a holiday it is very boring!!
The next morning she took me outside (so I didn’t make a mess of the room) and then went on her laptop again for what seemed like a very long time. I began to think she had forgotten about me when suddenly she started packing everything up and we had to get back in the car!!! It really was quite strange behaviour from Lesley and not what I am used to or was expecting at all! I had to really concentrate, listen and watch to think about what was happening so that I could work out what to do.
Next I had to go back in the car but this time for a very short time and then we went to a special place called DHK headquarters!! The surprise was I had to work.... very hard....all day!! I had to have a day of intense training!
Lesley had to show all the things we have done together and I had to listen and concentrate very hard! I had to work with the special lady who helps. She was really easy to understand and she gave me pieces of cheese which were delicious! Lesley also had to learn and she was taught how to help me and also some games that the children can do to practice helping me before I get to work with them which is really exciting!
We worked for 5 hours!!! I was very busy and very tired but I did get to eat lots of cheese! Delicious!
I was given a special new coat at the end of the day because I had worked so hard! It is not my first fashion choice... it clashes with my fur a bit but never mind. Lesley told me it has words on it that tell everybody to ignore me! Humph!!! So much for my super puppy powers! Now I can’t trick people into talking to me.
I had a really good time. I slept all the way home. Lesley was very pleased with me for being so well behaved in the car because we drove for a long time! We didn’t get home until 11pm which is very late but I was wide awake then and ready to play!!! Lesley was not!! Never mind sometimes good things come to those who wait (that was something I learnt) so I went to bed and waited to play in the morning!!
#DHKpuppy #cavapoo #intensetraining #gooddog #morenewthings #longdrives #learningtowait
I have had to learn lots of new things this past few weeks.
I am allowed to go outside into the big world now as ‘the lady who put needles in me’ told Lesley I could once I was 12 weeks old. I’ve learnt she is called the vet. She was very nice (apart from the needles) and I was very brave and let her look at me all over even though I wasn’t really sure what she was going to do. Lesley told me she helps me to keep healthy and it was a good thing. The lady was nice. She gave me a biscuit afterwards so I was pretty pleased. I like biscuits.
It is very exciting being allowed outside but I am now learning that the world is much bigger than my back garden.... bigger than I knew. There are lots of other dogs and people and I have to try and work out what to do with all of them. Sometimes that is really tricky. I need to learn be brave! I keep trying to remember what I know so that it helps me. Lesley likes me to stay calm and self controlled but it isn’t always easy. I try my very best!
I learnt first of all that lady who lives next door to us has a very barky West Highland Terrier that Lesley thinks is particularly noisy! She is not keen on the noise it makes at all! I wasn’t keen on the noise it makes either and I found it very scary and so I hid. Lesley said it was OK to be scared this time but she said we needed to find a strategy to help me to cope with it so that the next time I got scared about something I knew what to do.
She then talked to the special lady who tells her how to train me to be a ‘school dog’ because she is good at helping Lesley. People who help are really useful! They made a plan together just for me!! They have played lots of sounds to me of all sorts of different dogs barking for short times EVERY day!!! I must say I prefer the music that Lesley usually plays. At first the dog noises were a bit scary! So I hid, then I tried joining in to see if that helped me to feel brave and to tell Lesley to stop playing it. She just ignored me when I did that. She’s very good at ignoring me, it is apparently part of the plan!!
In the end I thought I should ignore it too and chew on my tasty yak stick. I soon stopped listening to the barky noises and forgot about being scared. Now that I am used to it and know what it is I decided that I didn’t need to be scared at all. I know what to do now when other dogs bark! I just ignore them. So now it’s my plan that belongs just to me and not Lesley and the lady that helps her! I also can’t really remember what I was worried about. My plan and the strategy worked!!
I’m still a bit scared about meeting all the dogs and people in real life. Lesley says we can keep doing it gradually so that I’m not overwhelmed but at least I know that I can cope with their noise now!
Last weekend we went out to a special place. It was sandy and very high and I could see a long way out to the sea! It really is a big world out there with so much to see and do…(and sniff).... I think that I am going to enjoy learning all about it!
#soundsensitive #learning #newthings #vets #peoplewhohelp #bigwideworld #strategyplans #cavapoo #teampaisley
My work behind the scenes is actually great fun. I have a very nice office with a particularly tasty plant in it. Lesley hasn’t moved it yet but she does keep talking about moving it!
I have had a really good listen to hear all the different people as they arrive in school and lots of sniffs at the door. Lesley said I had to have a bath before I started school but I can tell you all to a puppy nose like mine I can sniff out so many different smells I don’t think mine would have made a difference.
I have used my very good snoozing skills for a lot of my time. I have also used my chewing skills and Lesley has bought me lots of things to chew and play with. I do like the plant the best though!!
I like my crate. It is cozy and when I go into it Lesley often gives me a tasty treat. I enjoy that and then go back to snoozing. Sometimes I just pop into it so Lesley gives me the treat.... she thinks she is training me but I can tell you that I think it is the other way around!
I visit my outdoor area quite often and listen hard to all the noises that I can hear. I see if I can work out what they are because I can’t see through the fence although there is a tiny gap that I can peek through. I had a quick dig by the gap to try and make it bigger. It didn’t work but it was really good fun.
At lunchtime Lesley takes me for a short walk. It is so I learn to be a polite dog and not pull people. She is very slow because every time I try to get somewhere quickly she stops and I have to go back to her to remind her to focus on me. I told you I was the trainer! I’m an excellent walker and we could go much further if she would just hurry up! Eventually children will be able to come on our walks with me. I hope they walk faster than Lesley then we might actually get to a park!
There are some other very nice ladies called Carole, Lorna and Conny who have looked after me when Lesley is busy out of her office. They don’t talk to me much because Lesley tells them not to get me too excited and they are all really good at this ‘ignoring’ business but I am hoping that I can convince them to play if I wag my tail hard enough! Remember I do have super puppy powers.
When everyone has gone Lesley and I have another walk around school so I can sniff about. That is fun. I like the room with the slippy floor now. I like to chase my toys in it. Lesley tells me I have to listen all the time and do what I’m asked. I do try..... but sometimes I forget. I haven’t seen any of the children yet but I have heard them. I can’t wait to be a real school dog and meet everybody.
When I get home my favourite thing is to chase the cat (which apparently is not part of my training) and see my big sister. Lesley takes her for much longer walks than me which I don’t think is very fair. Apparently I will get to go eventually when I know how to walk sensibly. I love going home and best of all I like to do the thing that I know I am good at..... a quick snooze by the fire.
#puppypowers #teampaisley #cavapoo #schooldog #tryingnewthings #goodlistening #knowingwhatyouaregoodat #snoozing
Apparently I did not smell fresh enough for my first day in school! Rude!
Lesley picked me up without any warning and suddenly I found myself in a sink full of water. I think I would have preferred a little preparation, I will know next time she starts filling the sink what is going to happen. My plan is to try and remember things that I know so that I can always work out what is going to happen next!!
I was given lots of things to sniff and lick while Lesley scrubbed and it was over very quickly but I thought I was just perfect before the bath so I didn’t really understand why I had to have one. Also this shampoo is not my first choice of smell!
Lesley rubbed, scrubbed, foamed and rinsed. She said lots of words and talking about washing and ‘good hygiene’. It is an important part of growing up apparently and we all need to have a wash and a bath or shower regularly. I think that means me too so I am already wondering when my next one will be!! I also had a mini hair cut which was a fur trim around my eyes (so I can see properly to concentrate) and a lots of scrubbing at my other end which was not my favourite part but apparently very important!
I was then given a tasty chew to help keep my teeth fresh. They help us dogs to keep them clean instead of a toothbrush apparently! My teeth are hurting me quite a bit at the moment due to what Lesley calls ‘teething’. Apparently they will all fall out because they are my baby teeth and big teeth will grow but at the moment I do like to chew.....a lot!!! Shoes and laces are the best 🐶
Lesley is pleased now because I’m all fresh and clean and smell sweet enough to be a school dog! I wonder how long that will last.......???
#cleancavapoo #teampaisley #bathtime #goodhygiene #fluffypuppy
I have been working hard! Really hard!! And I haven’t even started my behind the scenes work at school yet!
I have learnt how to sit, concentration games, to come to my name, where I’m allowed to go to the toilet (apparently that is a priority!!), ‘thank you’ which means let go of what I’m holding and ‘settle’ which means take a comfy seat and don’t move!!!
I have also practised with my harness and lead and I am learning to ‘come’ to Lesley.... that one is hard because I have to stop what I’m doing, concentrate and listen to Lesley. I then have to decide whether it’s more interesting to follow the cue for ‘come’ or carry on doing my own exploring!!! I know what I’m supposed to do but sometimes it’s hard to make the right choice.
Lesley says ‘keep trying’... & ‘thinking’ and we will get it eventually! She believes I can do it so I’m going to try really hard to prove her right.
My best skill is napping. All the practicing and learning is very tiring. Lesley says it is a good idea to try and get enough sleep. That helps our brains to focus for the next time we have to start working and thinking again. I think I will pass the test on this one...
#puppypowernaps #cavapoo #learning #tryingmyhardest #teampaisley
I had an exciting trip in what Lesley called ‘half term.’ I had my very first visit to school. It was very quiet although there was a very strong smell of paint!! ( Lesley said I might think I am like the Queen- fresh paint smells wherever I go!!). I had a really good sniff around but I wasn’t keen on the paint smell so I hope I am not the Queen!
I had a look at my own office where there is a bed and a crate and some new toys for me. I have my own special garden where I am allowed to go to the toilet and I learnt to walk very sensibly through the corridors. There was so much to sniff it really was an exciting time!
I then visited a very big room with a slippy floor! It is called the hall. That was a bit scary to start with and I wasn’t too sure about it. I stood by the door for a long time trying to work out what to do. In the end Lesley went in so I decided to follow her. We then did some games to help me feel calm and connected and I felt much better. I started listening and concentrating really hard and Lesley thought I did very well for only 10 weeks old! Sometimes if you are not too sure about a new thing it helps to have a plan. My plan was to work with Lesley and do the things that I know I can already do. That helped me a lot and then I decided I didn’t need to be scared of the big room with the slippy floor at all.
I then had a ‘settle’ down on the special mat in my office while Lesley did boring stuff with computers and papers. She ignored me which I thought wasn’t in my plan but she did it so well I decided to ignore her right back and have a snooze! Remember always think about the things you are good at.... snoozing is my best skill!
#firstvisit #cavapoo #doingwhatIknow #makingaplan #slippyfloor #schooldog #teampaisley
Lesley has told me that before I can go to school to be a ‘behind the scenes secret agent’ all the children and staff (& parents!) have to learn to ‘speak dog’. I thought that must be a pretty easy thing to do. Surely all you do is say ‘woof’!
Apparently it is more complicated than that!!
They all have to learn special things that will help them to understand me and mean that I am a very happy, Calm, Concentrated and self-Controlled, well trained dog who enjoys going to school. Something about the 3Cs and my own ‘zones of regulation’ but I stopped listening then and started to enjoy a nice snooze! Behind the scenes Puppy Powers take a lot of effort. I’ll try again later!
#speakdog #CalmConcentratedselfControlled #cavapoo #zonesofregulation #TeamPaisley
My first two weeks have been really exciting and I’m getting used to my new home! I am trying really hard to listen and learn. Lesley is particularly pleased because I am a good sleeper. I didn’t know that was part of the learning so I ticked that one off on the first night.
I have a big, older sister who is helping me to learn. She has shown me how to sit and watch Lesley. Apparently I have to listen really hard but my sister can’t do that because she is deaf so she watches Lesley all the time. I thought I should try to do both...
but sometimes it’s really difficult..... there are too many other things to look at like leaves and feet....
.....oh and my big brother!!! He’s not a dog like me although he is still big and fluffy. Lesley says he is not so helpful with my training.... but I think it’s great fun when he joins in!!
#concentrationgames #connections #cavapoo #teampaisley #loveleaves #catsarefun!
So my very first learning is that although I am eventually going to be a ‘school dog’ first of all I have to be a ‘secret agent’!!
This means something about being ‘undercover’ so I’ve tried that (see photo) but Lesley told me that isn’t what it means!!
I actually have to learn to NOT go and say hello to all the lovely, smiley and interesting adults and children and they all have to IGNORE me. How rude! I’m hoping if I’m a real ‘secret agent’ I might have some magical puppy powers that I can use to make them talk to me... but apparently that means I will not pass my first test so maybe I better try as hard as I can to be the best secret puppy agent in Southport!
#secretagent #undercover #teampaisley #puppypower #cavapoo
NB This ‘undercover’ practice is super hard work so in the end I opted for ‘over cover’ and had a long sleep!
Hello I am Paisley Puppy. I have been chosen very carefully by Lesley to go and live with her and to learn how to become a ‘school dog’. I am not really sure what that means yet but Lesley has told me that she and I will learn together. We have to take lots of tests... that is part of the learning! Lesley thinks that sounds a bit scary but I don’t really understand what a test is so I’m not too worried. I reckon if I wag my tail a lot I will be OK. I’m very good at doing that. At the moment I’m still living with my mum, dad and 4 sisters. Lesley has come to visit me a few times so I get to know her. I am learning my name at the moment because before I was called Paisley I was known as 4 white paws. Lesley thought Paisley was a better name. I decided that I like her and she has curly hair like me so we match! I tried to chew her shoes and followed her all around the room. My sisters were pretty boring and ignored her but Lesley and I had fun and my mum and dad made a big fuss of her too so I decided she must be OK. I’m looking forward to going to live with her soon and then start my learning to be a ‘school dog’.
#paisleypuppy #schooldog #teampaisley