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Paisley Painting!

 

I like art. I really do. I like posing for photographs. I am not so sure about this latest piece of artwork though!!

 

Maybe Mikki will join in with funny portraits in an art lesson?

 

What do you think?

 

I would love to see your pet portraits too. They can be drawings or photos or funny pictures like mine.

 

Please join in with the fun.

 

#paisleyportrait #peterhousepets #puppypals #paintingpups

 

‘You are off to great places, today is your day! Your mountain is waiting so….get on your way!’ Dr Suess

 

In the holidays I did some new things. Most of it was outside. I went to visit different places and sometimes I got to travel in different ways.

 

I walked. I went in a little car. I went in a big car. I ran. I went in a lorry.

 

I never really was sure what I was going to do which sometimes made me not sure if I wanted to do it but then I thought about all of the things that I knew.

 

  • Lesley was with me – she helps it feel OK.
  • I like going to new places – Lots of new things to look at and sniff.
  • I really like being outside – Lesley knows what I like to do
  • Usually if we go in the car we get out to walk – sometimes to the same place and sometimes to new places
  • If I am in a lorry I can see high up and get a different view – it is quite exciting because in the lorry my friend Bridget comes too so I know that I am going somewhere exciting usually with horses and dogs!

 

Because I remember and use what I already know I felt OK. It made me want to try to do new things. I think that I can feel confident to try to do lots of new things by using what I already know to help me.

 

What things do you know about that help you? Did you go anywhere exciting in the holidays? Are you planning to go anywhere in the next holiday? Is there anywhere you would like to visit where I could come too? Where could you visit when you do Learning Outside the Classroom?

 

#adventurepup #LoTC #usingwhatweknow #lorrytrip

Happy New Year!

 

With a new year comes new hopes, new ideas and new opportunities to make our lives the best that they can be!

 

I hope that you have all had a good break. I have had fun doing the things that I like to do. Nothing is better for me than a walk on the beach. It makes me feel good.

 

Hoping that you have all had the opportunity to do the things that make you feel good too!

 

‘Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart’ – Winnie the Pooh

 

I may be small and fluffy but I am filled with love and hugs! I cannot wait to see my friends at school again as we have such fun together.

 

#paisleypup #peterhousespup #positivepup

Merry Christmas!

 

I remembered! This is the time of year when Lesley puts a tree up inside the house. A tree with sticks that I cannot chew. A tree with balls that I mustn’t chase. I tree with sparkles and smells and twinkly lights that means everything looks and smells different.

 

I don’t always like it when things are different. It means I have to really use my thinking to help me to remember what I know. When we use what we already know to help us it makes everything a bit easier. I need to think now about ‘What do I know?’

 

I know that even though it feels a bit different at this time of year I have done it before and it is OK! I know not to eat the sticks on the tree now. I know not to try to pull the balls off to play with them. I know chasing the cat up the tree is not thought to be a good idea!

 

I also know that I like the smells and tastes of different foods at this time of year. I know that I get a present in paper which I have to unwrap. I know that I don’t go to school for a bit.

 

I also know the things that don’t change! I know that I still get to go on walks.  I still get to play with my toys. I still get to be with Lesley and I still have my super power that helps me when everything gets too busy! You know me too…. What is my super power?…..you guessed it….. it is a super puppy snooze after my Christmas  dinner!

 

When things change or get busy remember to think about what you already  know that can help you.

 

Happy Christmas Everyone!

 

#puppypowers #christmaschanges #knowingwhatyouknow #thinkingpup

‘Don’t rush – take time to think think think….’ Winnie the Pooh

 

I found something at home. Lesley opened a cupboard and this red thing fell out. I took it while she wasn’t looking. I know that I have seen it before. I had to have a think to see if I knew what it was…..

 

Think think think…..

 

What happens near this time of year? Things start changing. I know the leaves have fallen off the trees. I know it is darker in the evenings. I know that it is colder.

 

I need to use what I already know and what I have noticed to help me think….

 

If we do this it is helpful in lots of different situations. It can help to keep us safe if we notice something different. It can help us to know what to do next if something has changed and it can help us to make a plan when things are new.

 

But I know I have seen a red thing like this before. I know that something happens that is different for me in December….i need to start planning ahead so I know what to do to help me deal with changes and new things. Can you guess what I found in the cupboard? Can you help me to work out what I might be thinking about?

 

#thinkingpup #thattimeofyear #dealingwithchange #noticingthings #knowingwhatweknow

 

Meeting new friends!


I have had an exciting day this week. I knew things were different because Lesley packed a special bag with lots of interesting things inside it including some of my toys, my mat and lots of treats. We got into the car like we do when we go to Peterhouse and we drove….

And drove….. and drove…. I had to go to sleep because it took a long time.

We went to another school. A very big school  in Liverpool. I am part of a group called North West dogs and I found out that I am not the only school super pup …. there are others too!!! I met Heidi, Elsie and Beau. We are all learning how to work in a school.

It was very exciting. There was a lot of mud! I had to walk up stairs. I never do that! There were children, dogs, teachers and David from CLASS who teaches me how to be a super dog. It is called partnership work. We all learn from each other and share ideas.

At first I found it really difficult. Everything was new. I forgot what to do. I needed to think hard. I forgot how to listen to Lesley. I was not really a super dog!!

As I got used to things it got a little bit easier. I found out information about my new friends.  I know now that Beau is a nice, friendly dog, I know that Elsie is big but she wouldn’t hurt me at all and I know that Heidi really prefers her ball and wasn’t really interested in any of us! I realised that even though we are all different we also have lots of things in common and I think that we could be friends.  Knowing things about my friends helped me to feel more confident and calm and it helped me to listen and think.

I then got taught lots of new things. I had to listen hard. I had to think hard. I had to work hard. I worked all day! I learnt to watch what others did, I learnt how to do scent work which means using my super sniffy nose to find things and I learnt to concentrate and stay calm even though there were other dogs and people there.

I learnt that when something seems hard work to start with the more you practice it and use your thinking the easier it becomes. Meeting new people can be hard but as we get to know them it gets easier and we start to understand that it is OK because we learn more about them.

When I got home I was worn out. Can you think what I might have done? Do you remember my superpower? Do you know things about me?

That’s right ‘super puppy snoozing’ is my power. I practiced it right in front of the warm fire!

Do you find doing new things difficult? Do you find it hard to meet new people?  What sort of things do you do to help yourself?  Remember to think about what you already ‘know’ about people.

#schooldogsnorthwest #schoolpartnerships #makingfriends #hardworkbusyday

 

‘Lucky pup’

 

I am such a lucky pup! Anna, Neil and Carole at school have helped to make my garden a really interesting place.

 

We all need a place to go that makes us feel safe and calm. Some people like to be in dark, quiet spaces. Other people like to be in big, open large spaces. Some people like noise. Some people like quiet. Some people like busy pictures and interesting shapes. Some people like plain walls and no mess.

 

I like outside. I like interesting smells. I like grass and shade but I also like sunshine and patios. I like nice plants to chew. I like to watch the birds. I like to feel safe with a closed gate. I like to be able to get in and out easily. I like to have water nearby. I like to have interesting toys to play with or chew.

 

My garden is especially for me to keep me safe and happy in school. I have a special dog flap so I can go in and out by myself and it helps me to feel good.

 

I am a really lucky school dog. Thank you to all of my friends for helping to make my school garden so lovely.

 

What sort of spaces do you like to be in?

 

#environmentisimportant #paisleyspad #selfregulation

‘Because when you stop and look around this life is pretty amazing’

Dr Seuss

 

At the weekend I stopped and looked around. I walked in my favourite place. I was with my family and dog friends. The sun was shining. I had good food in my tummy. I had exercise. I ran and swam and jumped and played. I had fun!

 

Life is pretty amazing at times.

 

What helps you to feel good?

 

#schooldogregulatingbehaviour #exercise #favouriteenvironment #motivation #feelgood #mentalhealth

‘Sometimes things are not what you think they are…’

 

Do you ever look at something and make a quick decision? Do you think ‘I won’t like that!’ or ‘I can’t do that’ or ‘that looks different so I won’t try it?’

 

I think we all do that sometimes. When things are new or different we have to really turn our thinking on to understand what everything is really about. It is very important to use our thinking when something looks different or feels different. We can use our memory to work out what we already know. We can use our eyes to look around and our brains to think and plan.

 

I looked at the picture of me and had a shock! I am just a head! Where is my body? Where are my legs and tail? Sometimes things are not what they seem! What do you do when you think something is not what you expected it to be?

 

I used my thinking to work out what I know – I know that I have legs and a tail. I know that I am not just a head! Lesley is just taking silly pictures of me to make people laugh!

 

Next time something is not what it seems see if you can work out what is really happening…..

 

#opticalillusion #puppyhead #nolegs

‘About the only time losing is more fun than winning is when you are fighting temptation!’

 

This week was my first week back after the half term holiday break. I was so excited to come back to school. I have seen some of my friends and I have had a good look all around school to check for any changes.

 

One thing that changed for me was that Lesley had to go out to a meeting. Usually she either leaves me at home or in the car (as long as it is not too hot) or sometimes someone else comes to sit with me to keep me company in her office. This week it was different!

 

I got to visit Janet’s office. Janet offered for me to visit. Janet said that it would be fine for me to visit her as she knew that I was a really good school dog. She knows that I have lots of meetings already in her office and I always sit quietly (after a quick sniff around) while Janet, Lesley, Calvin and Conny talk about boring things. I find their conversation not very interesting and so I usually practice my super power of snoozing. This time it was different though….

 

This time no one was talking. Janet was working on her computer. It was just Janet and me. It felt a bit different to normal. I had a sniff around. I had a chew of my bone. I had a drink of my water. I had a long snooze underneath Janet’s desk.

 

Nothing happened for a long time but just as Lesley got back it got really interesting…..

 

Janet was having some visitors. Special important visitors. I know that if visitors come there are rules for school dogs. Rules like be on your best behaviour, sit down, ignore them etc. The special visitor was going to have lunch with Janet. I know that there are rules about food too especially for pups like me! Human food is for humans and I have lots of my own special treats.

 

Janet put the sandwiches on her low table… her table is just a perfect table for a puppy like me. It is what I call a ‘nose height’ table. It smelt so good. I had been such a good dog in Janet’s office. Good dogs need rewards…..

 

Can you guess what I did?

 

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I think you might have guessed it!! I had a super puppy sandwich snack!!! YUMMY!!!!!

 

Class Carina have been using the word ‘predict’ this week…can you ‘predict’ what happened next?

 

I bet you can work it out!! My clue to you is…. ‘I don’t think that the sandwich was meant as a super puppy snack for me after all.’ I need to remember to use my thinking and make good choices when there are tempting things at nose height!

 

‘Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!’ (Dr Seuss)

 

I know that I talk about thinking a lot! Thinking is so very important because it helps us to know and do things.

 

We have to use our thinking all day every day. We think as soon as we wake up and we think right up until we go to bed. Sometimes our thinking is easy and sometimes it is fun and sometimes it is really difficult.

 

We have to use our thinking to know what to do.

We have to use our thinking to make a plan.

We have to use our thinking to make sense of where we are, who is there, what is going on and what might or might not happen.

We have to think about and make sense of our own thoughts too.

 

Lesley talks about thinking all of the time. She tells me to ‘think what to do next’ or ‘think what I know’ or ‘use my thinking to have a guess’

 

Something I know about Lesley is that she takes my photograph a lot! She tells me to look! I know that means to look at her camera but she also tells me to think – so this time I thought more than I looked…can you tell what I am thinking about? I would love some captions for each picture to go on my board at school.

 

What do you like to think about?

 

#thinkingpup #thinkingup #thinkingdown #thinkingallaround #knowingtoo

 

‘You learn something every day if you can pay attention.’
 

I have started to get better at listening. I have learnt to focus, watch, listen and pay attention to Lesley. If I do that she gives me ‘cues’ to help me remember to do the right thing. It makes everything a little bit easier for me and the ‘cues’ are just there to help me do things even better.

Cues that work and help me:
- she will click her fingers and point that reminds me to settle on my mat without her using any words
- she smiles at me and I know I’ve been a good dog and I wag my tail because it makes me feel good
- she taps her bag and I know to watch her or listen and forget about everything else in the room
- she pauses to give me time to think so I can work out what I need to do
- she clicks the clicker when I’ve done something right or learnt something new and it helps me to remember it for next time
- my mat reminds me to lie down and settle
- she checks that I remember by practicing things with me
- she makes learning fun so that I want to do it again and again
- we practice the same thing in different places so that I can remember to generalise my skills (this is the hardest thing and I really have to pay attention)

When I am paying attention I learn really well.

Do you have reminders that help you?

Sometimes an object, a picture, a word or a gesture are enough to remind me what to do and they just help me to focus and think so that I can do things by myself. Lesley says she uses a list of words to remind her to do things and she has an alarm on her phone and a diary!! I don’t need all of that I just have my special things that help me pay attention perfectly!

Let me know what helps you to pay attention and learn!

#payingattention #paisleypup #thingsthathelp

 

‘Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens every day can end beautifully’

 

Sometimes I have a bad day!

 

Sometimes the weather is wrong and it rains and I don’t get to go for my favourite walk.

 

Sometimes Lesley decides I have to do lead training on my walks and makes me walk sensibly to heel rather than explore where I want to go which was not what I expected to do.

 

Sometimes a day is boring and I don’t have much to do and I just have to be ‘good’ even though I want to be busy doing things.

 

Sometimes a day is so busy that I am exhausted and I just want to curl up in my bed and rest.

 

Sometimes something is just not right but I can’t say what. I might have a funny feeling or a tummy ache or feel tired or feel fed up. I might not do the things that I usually do and those days can be hard.

 

Sometimes I have to remember what I know…. What I know though is that even if I am having a bad day there are always people there to help me. People who want to make things better. People who want to teach me new things and people who understand me.

 

Sometimes I have to remember that at the end of the day I am just learning and I can start again tomorrow. Do you ever have a bad day?

 

#makingmistakesisok #paisleypup #learning

 

‘Never underestimate the power of gaining a new perspective’
 

Sometimes it is hard to think about some one else’s point of view. Thinking is hard work. Knowing what other people are thinking is even harder work! Sometimes finding a new perspective helps us to understand other people.

I decided that I wanted to learn more about my friend Bridget’s perspective.

My view is that when I walk with her she has 4 big cloppy hooves that clip clop very close to me and could easily squash me. Although I like my walks with her I keep a very close eye on her feet so that I stay safe. She doesn’t seem to keep a close eye on me though. She looks here, there and everywhere. I think she isn’t really bothered about being my friend when we are walking. She just ignores me.

It turns out that Bridget sees things very differently to me. All I can see are 4 big hooves, 2 feet in wellies (Lesley’s) and hedges. When I looked from Bridget’s point of view I could see the sky, the sun, the fields, the sheep, the cows, the trees, I could see far away and I wasn’t worried about getting squashed at all. No wonder Bridget doesn’t seem bothered about me. She is too busy looking at everything that she can see over the hedges!

If we all try hard to see things from another point of view then we can all start to understand each other more and more.

Do you ever find it hard to work out what other people are thinking? Maybe seeing things from their viewpoint might help.

#newperspectives #thinking #understandingeachother

 

Forgetting the rules:

 

I have had a bit of difficulty remembering everything that I have to do when I am working.

 

Sometimes when it’s busy or a new place or lots of people I forget to turn my thinking on. Different things happen to me.

 

  • Sometimes my sniffy nose takes over and I cannot think because of all the different smells around me.
  • Sometimes there are so many people and I forget that I am supposed to be a good, quiet puppy and I just want to say hello to everyone. My tail wags fast (that is how you can tell) and I stop using my thinking. 
  • Sometimes when I am somewhere new I also want to look around and check everything out so I stop listening to Lesley.

 

This week I did really well. I worked with a friend, I attended a meeting, I walked at lunchtime and remembered all of my rules.

 

I thought that I was doing very well. Then Lesley took me to another meeting after school. The following things happened:

  • It was not interesting for me.
  • No one talked to me.
  • No one was playing.
  • It was too hot.
  • Lesley was writing and talking and asking questions.
  • I got fed up!
  • I stopped thinking and listening.
  • I was started trying to do things to get people to listen to me.
  • I made squeaky noises at Lesley
  • I put my nose up to look on the table.
  • I started pacing about.
  • I interrupted Lesley!

 

Lesley recognised that I had a problem and she did try to help me sort it out. But I knew that I had not had a good meeting. I did not follow my rules for school. Lesley did not think I was a good dog.

 

Usually I like it when she says ‘good dog’ it means she is pleased with me. It makes me wag my tail.  This time she did not say it. She said ‘stop’, ‘settle’, ‘wait’, and then I had to wait for ages and ages. In the end I remembered to turn my thinking on. Think think think….

 

What does a puppy do when it is fed up and bored? 

 

Then I remembered…

 

Super puppy snoozing!!

 

It is definitely a good thing to remember your strategies. Once I remembered mine Lesley said good dog and even gave me a treat. She said next time I have to try to remember them more quickly. She said it is OK to forget because I have had a long summer off but now that I am back I have to turn my thinking on again.

 

What strategies can you remember that help you?

 

#naughtypuppy #forgetfulpup #strategieshelp #thinkingpup #zonesofregulation

‘Sometimes inspiration comes from a single ray of sunshine’

 

We all need to learn to relax. To find our ‘flow state’ and to know what helps us to feel good.

 

For me there are different things that help me at different times but all help me to have a good quality of life. They are:

- a gentle stroll outside

- fresh air and exercise like running and jumping on the beach

- enjoying sniffy smells and following my nose

- tasty treats

- using my thinking and focusing on my work

- knowing what is happening so I don’t have to guess

- seeing my people friends at Peterhouse

- meeting animal friends out and about

 

And best of all being with my family and having a snooze in the sun!

 

What do you like to do? Have a think about what you do that makes time go so quickly you don’t know where it has gone.

 

Lesley asked other people what they like to do. Conny likes to art journal or walk her dogs, Calvin likes to play sport, Janet likes to crochet. Lesley likes to read or cook or play music but most of all she likes to be out and about with me and my other animal friends!!

 

It’s good to know what helps us to relax.

 

#relaxationgoals #puppydreams #flowstate #knowingwhathelps

‘Anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you’

 

I have been thinking about what helps me. When I came back to school although it felt the same there were some changes. New people. Different classrooms to visit. New things to learn.

 

Sometimes it can all feel a bit overwhelming and new. I had forgotten a few of my rules and things that help me but Lesley soon reminded me. She is always there to help me to remember what to do. I just have to remember to listen and think.

 

When I am at home my animal friends help me too. We may be all different but that doesn’t mean that we can’t help each other. One is very old and she can’t hear anymore and one is a cat not a dog so very different to me but we all help each other to remember what to do and to do the right things. We are good friends!

 

Who helps you in school or at home? Do you help other people too?

 

#helpingourfriends #schoolassistancedog #puppysupport

‘Back to school’

 

What is happening? I had a quick peep outside to see what was happening as my routine seems to have changed again!

 

Has it changed for you?

 

Suddenly everyone is up early, putting on uniform, feeding me my breakfast earlier and then back to my very early morning walks. I’m not complaining. I like my routine. I like being a school dog. I like to learn. It all helps me to know what I am supposed to be doing.

 

I wonder what we are going to learn about this year?

 

Things that I already know. I have missed my Peterhouse friends. I am looking forward to meeting new friends. I am looking forward to working as a school dog again. I know that we will have some fun.

 

Welcome back everyone!

Paisley’s holiday blog – signing off for Summer!

 

Life is all about balance! You don’t always need to be ‘getting stuff done’. Sometimes it is perfectly ok, and absolutely necessary, to shut down, lie back, and do nothing! It is important that we all take time to rest and recharge. To have fun and relax. To know what helps us to feel good and to find ways to do it.

 

We don’t all need to do the same things either. For some people it might be sightseeing in a busy place for another going for walks in the countryside. It might be about playing games, reading, sleeping, eating, seeing friends, being alone. It is about taking time to think about, and know, what works for you! It is also about trying things that might help us learn to find our calm too.

 

I know that I like to run and play on the beach, in the park, in the woods and in the garden. I don’t mind if it is wet, sunny, warm or cold. My relaxation is about my doggy walks and following my nose.

 

To all my friends at Peterhouse have a wonderful and restful summer break. I am putting my pen down until September. If you want to find me I will be outside …..somewhere!

 

#findwhathelpsyou #balance #knowingwhatworks #happyholidays

‘A writer only begins a book…a reader finishes it.’

(quote Samuel Johnson)

 

Mia* has been reading to me. I love it! The book is ‘Where’s Paisley?’

 

If she had looked she would have seen that I was sitting right next to her but I know that she is helping me to learn to listen to reading with someone else other than Lesley so I practiced my listening very hard. I also practiced my looking because as well as the words in the book there are lots and lots of pictures. Apparently somewhere on each page there is a picture of me that you have to find. I thought it was pretty hard work so even though I looked really hard I couldn’t find me but Mia found me every time!

 

I love listening to people read. Mia read to me about every dog’s dream – it was a page called Bark in the Park! I love going to the park too so I think I will see if Mia will practice walking there with Lesley too. It is nice to do new things with different people.  She has been helping me with my ‘heel’ work and we walk around the block and I have to remember to listen, walk next to her and not let my sniffy nose take me onto my own walk. I listen to Mia and everything that she tells me to do. Mia is my friend. I want to say thank you to her for helping me to learn.

 

Who helps you to learn? What are some of your favourite things to do?

 

#readingpup #listeningpup #lookingatbooks #goodtoread #paisleyatpeterhouse

 

* name changed to protect privacy

 

Working like a dog!

 

I am so proud of what I do! I even have my special new coat to show that I am now official.

 

Class Rebecca have been writing all about me. There is a special power point that shows all of my travels (remember I am a secret agent so I can still travel secretly!) They have had to use their thinking to work out where I have been by exploring my suitcase, my picture post cards and my props….

 

Mmmmmmmm Can you work it out? This week was about kangaroos, didgeridoos and an Opera House. I wonder where I went?  There is some suggestion that I have used photo shop but Rebecca are I like to work undercover so we cannot reveal how we did it.

 

The children have read me stories, drawn me pictures and I have had great fun visiting the class to see and hear all about it. We all work so hard but we all have so much fun too.

 

#undercoverpup #photoshopornot #workingdog #readingandwriting #thinking

‘Friendship is a very comforting thing to have’

(AA Milne)

 

I am getting pretty good at circuit training now. I am such a lucky puppy. I have been able to work with different children and they all help me so much. I thought being a school dog was going to be fun but I didn’t realise how much fun until I stopped being a secret agent puppy and started becoming a proper working dog. I have got lots of friends.

 

One of the things that I like to do is circuit training. I love circuit training. Mia* is helping me to learn some special things as part of my homework from my latest assessment.

 

I am learning to hurdle (without Lesley), to focus on Mia instead of Lesley and she is also teaching me to snuggle. She is also helping in my training to help me listen to people read. This week I got so excited to work with Mia because she is my friend. We had good fun together.

 

Thank you to the pupils at Peterhouse School for being my friends.

 

#luckypup #friendshipgoals #beingkind #helpingeachother

 

* name changed to protect privacy

Patience is a virtue….

 

Learning to wait! This is something that is really hard to do. I have had to practice and practice and practice. Lesley takes me to lots of different places and I have to wait wherever I go.

 

Sometimes there are things to sniff or people to talk to or things I want to do….

 

Then waiting is even harder. 

 

I keep looking and listening and thinking and I know that if I keep still and wait for a long time I usually get to do the things that I want to do.

 

Do you find waiting hard? If you do keep practicing because it does get easier.

 

#waiting #patience #patientpup #practice

‘The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you can go.’

 

Although I like to run and jump and exercise I also like to sit quietly. I like to learn.

 

Lesley likes to read. She is teaching me to listen to her read. She thinks that reading is a really good skill and I do too although I also like listening, looking at the pictures and just being calm and quiet next to Lesley.

 

I am practicing my listening so that children can read to me. I am really excited for children to read different things to me because I think I will learn about all of their different interests and then I will know even more.

 

What things do you like to read about?

 

#listeningpup #peterhousereading #calmandquiet #paisleypuppy

Outdoor Temptations

 

Being outside is one of my favourite things to do. There is so much to learn about and look at.

 

This week I stood on the top of a sand dune and looked at a golf course. There are rules about that lovely green grass and the big spaces to run. The rules are that I am not allowed onto them because they are just for golfers!

 

I have to really use my good thinking to remember the rules and to stop myself trying to get to the golf courses. I sometimes see people or balls and things that I like and it looks so exciting. I always turn on my thinking and remember what I know that golf courses are for golfers and not for puppies like me!

 

Do you ever find it hard to do the right thing when something else looks more interesting? How do you help yourself remember what to do?

 

#puppythinking #golflooksgreat #rememberingwhatIknow #makinggoodchoices

‘The more you celebrate your life the more in life there is to celebrate’

 

I believe in myself!

 

I have learnt a lot!

 

I can do what I need to do to be an excellent school dog!

 

I keep working hard!

 

I keep thinking hard!

 

I keep trying hard!

 

I keep listening to the people who help me!

 

I keep learning!

 

I am a super pup!!

 

Let’s have a day to celebrate!!!!

 

What have you done that you are proud of?

 

#celebrateachievements #lifegoals #paisleyday

‘I’m always looking forward to try new things in my life’

 

I do like to try new things and Lesley has helped me to do lots of new things in my Peterhouse learning.

 

This week I went for a walk to Botanic Gardens with one of my Peterhouse friends. I hadn’t walked there before. It was all new to me. Lesley says trying new things is good but sometimes we need a bit of preparation. I like to know what to expect. I thought about what I already know.

 

I know about parks so at first it was all OK but then I found a dark tunnel. It was something new. Everything felt different. It was dark, it was quiet, it felt a bit scary. I had a sniff and a think. I sat outside the tunnel to get used to it. Once I had sat for a little bit the tunnel seemed OK. I decided that instead of looking back at Lesley that I would look forward and walk through the tunnel.

 

Guess what?

 

I came out of the other side and it was all OK. The sun was still shining, the birds were singing and the park was just as fun. Now I know that even if something scares me to start with I can still get used to it and try new things. Sometimes I can do it quickly and sometimes I need more time to prepare. I always think about what I already know.

 

Do you find new things difficult? How do you help yourself to be able to do new things?

 

#thinkingaboutwhatweknow #newthings #makingaplan #PaisleyatPeterhouse #Botanicgardens

 

Generalising skills by working with others

 

Sometimes I work with little children and sometimes I work with really tall children. It doesn’t matter to me. I like all of the children whether they are small or tall. The things that help me are people doing and saying the same things. I like it when things don’t change too quickly. I then learn to use my listening and thinking and even if it is a different person it helps me to still do the same skill because they do it in the same way.

 

When I work with different people it makes me realise that it is important to me that everything is consistent. If people do some things differently or move their hands in a different way it can make me confused. I am good at looking and listening. I am good at thinking too. If people do and say the same things I can use all of my concentrating skills together and work out what I need to do.

 

I know quite a few words but sometimes a sign helps me too because it lasts a bit longer and gives me time to think about what I am being asked to do. It is important to know how people like to communicate and how to support understanding because it makes things easier when being asked to do thing or being given instructions.

 

Knowing about people helps too. I know all about Lesley and she does it the same each time but I am learning to work with other people and even when things are a little bit different I can work out what to do and it is good to get used to new people. I do enjoy working with different people because I have lots of fun.

 

#communicationsupport #supporting understanding #paisleypup #newpeople

‘Success is about taking an advantage of an opportunity’

 

Sometimes new things are hard. If we don’t know what to expect it can be a bit daunting. Lesley tries to always prepare me so that I know what is happening and what to expect. She also tells me that I have to use my own thinking to ‘work out’ what is going on when I am not sure. She says it is important to use what we know so that we can make good choices and help us to feel good.

 

I have been watching my friend Bridget the horse do all sorts of exciting things. Lesley said that it was helping me to learn to sit and wait, to know about other animals, to know about differences, to understand what to do in different circumstances and to have patience. She didn’t know that I was also learning about things that horses do!

 

Things I know about my friend. She is big, she neighs, she is strong, she runs very fast and she likes to jump! She likes to jump a lot. Guess what so do I!! So we have some things that are the same. I decided that I would start practicing my jumping like my horse friend does. I even used the same jumps although they were a little bit lower for me (I only have short legs!). Lesley said she would help me. It is a bit like circuit training in PE. I had to look, listen, watch and think and then……

 

I ran and jumped and ran and jumped and had so much fun! I didn’t know that I was going to enjoy doing things that my friend the horse does but once I gave it a go I now know that I really enjoy it!

 

What new things have you learnt to do?

 

#opportunities #success #unusualfriends #paisleypup #jumpingisfun

Working with pupils

 

I have been having so much fun. I am now allowed to work with the pupils at Peterhouse.

 

I would like to do it all day everyday but Lesley says there are strict rules to make sure that I don’t work too hard and have enough rest breaks but also that the children are very busy learning in their classrooms too.

 

I have done quite a few things. I have learnt to do road safety with class Sharon. I have shown class Carina that I can use talking buttons that say ‘go’ and we have run races. I also have walked with students who wanted some fresh air. I even went on a green screen with Titus and I think I am going to be in a video!

 

The newest thing that I have done is some circuit training. I have worked with Tulip*. She has helped me to learn what to do and designed the circuit. She was so helpful. We had to email PE Carole and ask for ideas. Then Tulip showed me how to do the actual moves on the circuit. Things like bunny hops and walking over a bench, going through a hoop, going through a tunnel, jumping over a hurdle and lots more. Tulip helped me by putting start and stop markers on the floor so I knew where I had to stop and go. That really helped me because it was visual and then very clear for me to know what I had to do. She and Lesley then did and said the same things to help me. That was useful too because then I could understand whoever was talking to me.

 

I had such fun learning about circuit training. I hope that Tulip did too.

 

#peterhousepup #PEpuppy #pupilsandpups #paisleypup

 

* name changed for privacy

Spotting the unusual

 

I used my thinking last week and I knew things were changing. I knew because of the flowers and because Lesley didn’t wear a coat. I noticed things around me and ‘spotted the unusual’. I also noticed that the sky was blue and the sun was shining.

 

When we spot the unusual it helps us to tune our thinking in to everything around us. It helps us to know what to do next and to make a plan. It is important that we learn to ‘spot the unusual’ because then we can help ourselves and be independent rather than rely on other people to make decisions for us.

 

When I walk with Lesley sometimes I forget to spot the unusual and then I can get a shock! If a big dog jumps on me because I haven’t noticed it I don’t like it very much. I have worked out that if I keep thinking and looking I notice things and then I know what to do. If I see a big dog that I don’t know I often stop to see what it is going to do. If I am not sure about it I then stand close to Lesley because I know that she will keep me safe.

 

Spotting the unusual is an important skill to have.

 

Having fun is also an important skill and the sand dunes and the beach are my favourite place to have fun! This time I didn’t spot anything unusual I just had lots and lot of fun!!

 

#thinking puppy #spottheunusual #paisleypup #knowingwhattodo #peterhouseschooldog

Spring: A lovely reminder of how beautiful change can truly be

 

I went out for a walk today and everything looked different to me! It was a bit strange. In the woods where there is usually nothing but earth it was covered with blue flowers. I also noticed that Lesley didn’t wear her coat and the weather was warmer. I do notice lots of things all of the time.

 

I remember that last year it got so hot I had to dig dig dig in the sand to make it cooler for me. I started to think that maybe that might happen again. I had got so used to everything being cold and wet that I forgot about all of the lovely things that I do in the spring and summer.

 

I had to use my memory to think about what I already know. I have lived on this earth for a whole 18 months now so I think I know that things do change all of the time. Changes can be quite hard. I think it can make people feel unsure and it is important then to use our thinking to work out what we already know and what we need to know to help us cope with change. I know that there are always people who will help too.

 

I know now that when the blue flowers appear it means that the weather is getting warmer and Lesley says ‘spring is in the air’. I like to spring in the air too when I am chasing flies and catching bouncing balls but I don’t think that is what Lesley means!! She means there are changes in the air and the weather is feeling warmer.

 

I hope you have a happy and sunny weekend in this nice warm weather too.

 

#bluebellwoods #happypup #paisleypuppy #springtime #knowingaboutchange

I spy with my little eye....


Something buzz buzz buzzed past my ear and landed on the floor next to me!

I did not know what it was. It gave me a shock. I got distracted. I watched it for a really long time. It buzzed and crawled along the floor next to me. I wasn’t sure what it was.

Lesley was talking to me but I couldn’t listen or think because this little buzzy thing didn’t go away. I don’t think Lesley noticed it because she was busy getting ready to go out and wanted me to hurry up and get ready too. I couldn’t get ready though because all I could hear was a buzzing sound and all I could think about was ‘is it going to lift off the ground and buzz in my ear again?’

When there is something distracting in the environment it can be really difficult to concentrate and listen and most of all to think. Buzzy things are particularly distracting for me (and meowing things too!) I needed a bit more time to work out what Lesley was asking me to do because my head was full of thinking about the buzzy creature!!

I watched it for a really long time in case it buzzed in the air again. I tried to make friends with it too by rolling over. Lesley told me that it was called a fly and she didn’t think it wanted to play with me or to be my friend. I think she is right and now I know that if a fly buzzes in my ear it won’t hurt me. I think I might still try to chase them though because that bit was fun.....

#distractingthoughts #ispyafly #paisleypup


 

‘It’s not about being all the same…it’s about respecting differences’

 

I have a new friend. She is called Bridget. She is much bigger than me. She is much heavier than me. She talks differently to me. She lives in a different place to me. We are very different…. But she is my friend.

 

I have learnt a lot about my friend and I can do things to help her and she can do things to help me. Things that we know:

  • She doesn’t like it if I run up behind her
  • I don’t like it if she sniffs me when I am not looking
  • She lives in a stable but I live in a house.
  • She eats grass and hay. I am not so keen on that.
  • She neighs and I woof but we understand each other.
  • We both love walking!!!!

 

#walkforautism #acceptingdifference #friends #paisleypuppy #horsepals

Walk for Autism Day 8

 

Proud of my achievements. I am a proud puppy at Peterhouse.

 

I am raising money for autism. My friends are helping me. I am walking 10000 steps a day.

 

I have raised over £900 with my friends. Thank you for sponsoring me.

 

Keep walking.

 

#walkforautism #paisleypuppy #proudpup

Walk for Autism Day 7

 

I’ve walked and walked and walked..... we have done well over 10000 steps a day.... we walk early in the morning because Lesley likes it when there are less people about! I think it means I have less to distract me so I listen very well. Sometimes in busy environments with lots of people it’s very hard to listen and concentrate. I practice it a lot but in the school holidays Lesley likes to walk when it’s quiet. I think she enjoys it as much as I do. The sun is shining so now I get to put my feet up as well. Happy Easter everyone.

 

#wewalkforautism #Eastersunshine #sunbathingpup

Walk for Autism Day 6:  10000 steps a day!

 

‘phew’ I am getting tired out!!

 

Keep walking for autism. I will have a puppy power nap so I can start again.

 

#puppypower #walkforautism

Peterhouse Pals (Walk for Autism Day 5)

 

My friends at school have helped me to walk. We all had so much fun. I went walking to heel around the block with class Sharon. We did road safety looking and listening for cars as well as sensible walking on the pavement independently. , In class Carina I ran races and we counted our steps walking around the playground. They also made cakes although no one gave me one!  I also visited Class Rebecca when they were dressed up for world book day. We did laps of the playground and counted our steps. The children all helped me and we had so much fun.

 

I like being a school dog!

 

Thank you for helping me walk for autism.

#walkforautism #schooldog #peterhousepals

Walk for Autism Day 4

 

Uh oh!

Today’s walk for autism did not go as planned! I still had fun though…I just know that now I need a bath!

 

#muddypuppy #walkforautism #bathtime

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Walk for Autism Day 3

 

‘Let’s go’

Lesley has taught me to use my voice. I have three words. Go, Treat and Hello.

I want everyone to get ready to ‘go’ and walk for autism.

Ready steady…….GO!

#walkforautism #communicationsupport #go

Walk for Autism Day 2

 

Today I am walking with my friend Bridget – she is a bit bigger than me!!

I really like Bridget, I visit her every single day and I have worked out that we don’t have to be the same to be friends, we just have to understand one another. Bridget might have 4 feet like me but I know that I need to keep out of the way of her hooves. We do have some things in common though. We both like walking……. 10,000 steps here I come…….

#walkforautism

Walk for Autism Day 1

 

After all this practice I know that I am good at walking.

I have walked on pavements, fields, woods, beaches, paths, playgrounds and in school.

I have walked on the lead and off the lead.

I have walked to heel and I have walked wherever I my sniffy nose has led me.

I know that I have fun. I know that by practicing my skill is better than ever and by practicing in different places I can do it really well wherever I am.

I know that my friends help and join me on the way.

My skills are in walking. I am a super puppy with super walking powers.

It is good to use what you know to help you to achieve your goals. My goal is 10,000 steps a day.

Let’s get walking!

#walkforautism #paisleypuppy #peterhouseschooldog #fundraising #knowingwhatyouknow #goals

Paisley and Kate Silver Walk for Autism

 

I have been a school dog for 18 months now. I have had to learn a lot. I find the best way to learn is to listen and practice and work with people who help me. I then start trying to do things more independently.

 

Lesley helps me a lot. She teaches me new things. She helps me to remember what I know and she helps me to feel good about the things I am learning to do. Most of all we have fun!

 

My walk for Autism is so much fun. I have practiced at school, I have practiced at home, I have practiced on my own with just Lesley and I have practiced with lots of friends including cats, dogs, horses and children at school.

 

This weekend I walked with Kate. She is the Deputy CEO for Autism Initiatives. Lesley told me I had to show my best skills to Kate.

 

Lesley and Kate have worked together for a very long time and Kate said that she would help my walk for autism. I like Kate. It is so nice when people help us to achieve our goals. We walked a long way. I think we did 10,000 steps in one walk. I showed Kate that I was a sensible puppy who had good listening and thinking skills (most of the time!). I also showed her that I had a sniffy nose and liked to go a find different things to look at and smell and roll in and have fun!!!

 

Thanks you Kate for helping me ‘Walk for Autism’. I think we had a great adventure and we have done our 10,000 steps!

 

Can you help too?

 

#walkforautism #paisleypuppy #peoplewhohelp #10000steps

 

‘I get by with a little help from my friends’

 

I am walking a lot! I like walking! I am practicing! I am walking for autism.

 

My friends at Peterhouse are going to help me. I also have friends out of Peterhouse, animal friends, and they are going to help me too…..

 

My baby brother Benji who lives with Cheryl from Peterhouse helped me walk 10,000 paw steps, my big sister Peppa came too.

 

I have also walked with Bridget the horse, Figaro the cat and Elfie the dog….. Everyone is helping me to walk 10,000 steps a day. Will you help too?

 

#walkforautism #withhelpfromourfriends #paisleypuppy #peterhouseschooldog

 

‘Worn out’

 

Phew!!! All of this walking is tiring me out. I’m practicing everyday but sometimes I just like to lie back and relax on one of my favourite humans!

 

I hope you are practicing too. Remember exercise is good for you but so is relaxing. We must all look after ourselves.

 

I am looking forward to people joining me with all of this walking!

 

#walkforautism #paisleyatpeterhouse #paisleypup #paisleyspawpaddingchallenge #putyourpawsup

‘The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams’

 

Sometimes I just sit and think! I look at all of the things that I want to do and achieve and I try to make a plan of how to do it.

 

My walk for autism is part of me dreaming about helping people with autism. My puppy dreams include running and walking and enjoying the outside with my friends.

 

I am dreaming of 10,000 steps a day. I am practicing every day. Do you want to join my team?

 

#walkforautism #makingaplan #paisleypawpaddingchallenge #paisleyatpeterhouse #paisley’spals

‘I believe success is achieved by ordinary people with extraordinary determination’

 

Planning our walk for autism. I am giving Lesley the power of positive thinking and determination. I can walk 10,000 steps a day. I think she can too. We have been practicing every day.

 

I think we can all achieve success if we have the belief in ourselves and the confidence to try. What things are you determined to achieve?

 

#walkforautism #powerpuppywalking #peterhousepup #10000steps #successstories

Relax, Refresh, Recharge

 

Lesley says life is all about balance. That didn’t make sense to me. I think balance means standing up and not falling over. I had to check what she meant. Lesley said no she meant something different…

 

She said that it means that you don’t always need to be getting stuff done. Sometimes it is OK and necessary to shut down, lie back and do nothing. I understood what Lesley meant then. She meant that I should use my super power.

 

Snoozing here I come!! Super snoozing puppy by the warm fire.

 

Half term rest ready for fun at school again.

 

What do you do to relax, refresh and recharge?

 

#superpuppy #superpowers #paisleyschooldog #mentalhealthisimportant #relaxation #zonesofregulation

Charity begins at home…

 

Walk for Autism is a challenge to raise money for people with autism. It is from 26th March until 2nd April. I am setting myself a goal to ‘walk for autism’.

 

What do I know already?

 

  • I work in a school for children with autism
  • My school is amazing
  • I like working with the children
  • The children like working with me
  • I love walking
  • I want to walk for autism

 

Sometimes when we decide to do things it helps to make a plan. I needed to make a plan…

 

THE PLAN

  1. Find out what we have to do
  2. Tell people about the plan
  3. Get sponsors
  4. Do it

 

I found out this:

  • We have to walk 10,000 steps every day
  • People sponsor us to walk 10,000 steps every day (that means give money)
  • 10,000 steps is about 5 miles a day
  • We tell people what we are doing
  • We get people to do it with us
  • We raise money for people with autism

 

So part one of my plan is done. Part 2 of my plan is telling everyone…this blog does that so part 2 is done too. Now I need to see who will join me and help me and sponsor me in my plan and then I need to wait for the 26th of March and do it!

 

I have my own plan to get people to help me:

  • I hope that some of the children will walk with me each day at school for my daily walk. ( I think Lesley will ask the teachers to help with that)
  • I want to walk around the playgrounds everyday too with each class ( I think Lesley will ask the teachers about that too)
  • I hope that Lesley will give me an extra-long walk every day (that is my best part of the plan)
  • I hope that people will encourage me and help me to achieve my plan (it is nice when people help)
  • I hope that I can raise money for the children that I work with

 

I am going to walk for autism as Paisley Puppy at Peterhouse School. I will make sure that I do a paw count and complete my 10,000 steps every day. Would you like to join in too? Or sponsor me to do it? I am excited to start so I think that I will practice from now….practicing helps us to do things and practicing walking is my best ever part of the plan!!!

 

Please support me in walk for autism.

 

#wewalkforautism @wewalkforautism #paisleypuppy #schooldog #achieveinggoals #makingplans

Self-confidence is the best outfit

 

Lesley tells me that I am a super pup. Sometimes she tells me that I am a naughty puppy too. I have to think about all of the things that I know that I can do to work out which one I really am….

 

Things that I know:

  • I listen
  • I try hard
  • I use my thinking
  • I work hard
  • I know the things that I like to do
  • I learn all of the time
  • I am loved
  • I have fun
  • I concentrate
  • I have friends
  • People are interested in me
  • I am still young and have lots to learn
  • Sometimes I make a mistake – but that is OK
  • I have super snoozing powers
  • I have lots of energy
  • I exercise
  • I eat well
  • I play
  • I chase the cat (that is the only time she calls me ‘naughty puppy’)
  • I am a school dog and I am proud of that

 

I think that I have worked out that chasing the cat is not a good idea! I know that I am a super puppy and that is the best that I can be.

 

What things are you good at? It is good to know what skills you already have because then you know what you need to learn and what you can already do and that helps you to be confident to try different activities.

 

#thinkingpuppy #paisleypuppy #schooldog #buildingselfconfidence #knowingwhatweknow #metacognition

Making the best of things…

 

Sometimes Lesley reads things and gets ideas….

 

She read this: ‘ Exercise not only changes your body, it changes your mind, your attitude and your mood’

 

I had to think about what the word exercise meant. Mmmm …..who do I know that does ‘exercise’?

 

Carole at school does lots of exercise. I like looking through the window of the hall and seeing what the children are doing. They play with balls sometimes! I like balls. They also run and jump and play games and laugh and have fun. I think exercise happens in the hall do you?

 

When I was little I found the hall a scary place. It had high ceilings and a slippery floor and I wasn’t too sure about it. Now I know about the hall I like it.

 

I learnt all about the hall. Lesley practiced with me walking in the hall, playing in the hall, chasing balls in the hall, learning in the hall when everyone had gone home at night and I learnt that the hall is actually OK. Now I find it a really fun place to go. I like exercise in the hall, it is fun!

 

I think Aly does exercise too….

 

Aly does lots of walking outside like me. He shows children pictures of where they are going and they have special things to ‘spot’ along the way. That helps make it exciting but also then they know what to expect. When we know more about the places we visit it makes it easier. Sometimes not knowing about what is happening can make us decide that we don’t want to do it. I use my thinking (and sniffing) to help me know what I know. People at school help us to know what to expect in new places by showing photos too.

 

When I walk outside I usually know the route but if it is somewhere new Lesley makes me stay near to her so that I listen and concentrate. Sometimes new places make me very excited because there are so many different smells and things to look at. Then I forget to turn on my thinking altogether and I forget to turn on my listening. It makes it much harder when I do that and sometimes Lesley has to put me on the lead to remind me to think. Once I remember she lets me off again and then I can run and jump and play and chase balls and paddle and roll and sniff…… I think that I exercise all of the time…..

 

I think I like exercise. I think I have worked out that exercise is all the things that I like to do. I have so much exercise that my mind and body feel fantastic it is why I am such a happy, calm, contented puppy!

 

I know that the thing that Lesley read is a good thing. I am glad she had that idea it means I get to do more of what I like.

 

Do you like to exercise? Where do you go? I would love to see pictures of you outside having fun!

 

#exerciseisgood #paisleypup #playfulpuppy #thinkingpup #tryingnewthings #expectationsareclear

 

Knowing what I know…

 

Sometimes things feel a bit harder than normal. I have been using my thinking to help me.

 

Things that I know:

 

  • Winter is cold
  • It is wet a lot
  • It is still dark in the mornings and the evenings
  • People are still having to lockdown
  • It can make me feel a bit fed up.
  • I can still use my thinking….

 

Things that I know and think about that help me:

 

  • Using my thinking to find fun things to do – I find interesting things to look at and play with
  • Playing my games – I look at my favourite toys and have fun
  • Keeping to a routine – I like it when I know what is happening
  • Using my brain – I am still learning new things all of the time even when I am home learning
  • Exercise – this is my favourite part of everyday and it makes me feel good
  • Eating – Lesley gives me a healthy meal two times a day but she also gives me some special treats that I really like
  • Sleep – having a good night’s sleep helps my puppy brain
  • Being with the people who like me – I am a school dog and a home dog again at the moment. People help me all of the time and I like those people they make me feel good.
  • Hugs – my family can give me a hug and that makes me feel good

 

Even when things feel a bit harder we can use our thinking to help us and then things seem better. Things that I also know because I learnt about it last year.

 

  • Sometimes the sky is still blue and the sun shines
  • I still get to go out every day for a walk
  • The weather will get warmer
  • I will be able to do more things again and have fun
  • I am really good at waiting – that was one of the first skills that I had to learn and I am glad that I did
  • My thinking really helps me to feel better and know things

 

Are you using your thinking at the moment? What things help you?

 

#paisleypuppy #schooldog #lockdownthinking #knowingwhatyouknow

Learning to read….

 

One of the things that I am learning to do is to listen and stay calm with children when they are doing work. I am learning to read with children and to listen to them. I am also learning to read myself!!! (I know – I really am a super pup)

 

When I am at home I have to practice all of my learning every day. This helps me to remember what to do. Sometimes I get it wrong. Sometimes I get it right but if I keep practicing I get better and better at it.

 

My human sister is studying at a place called university. This means she usually goes away from our home to a different place to learn and then comes home in the holidays. Because of lockdown my human sister has had to stay at home. She has to practice her learning at home too just like me. She also has some tests like I did to show off what she knows!! She seemed to be very busy so I thought I would practice my learning too and show her my super puppy skills of helping people to stay calm when they are learning and listening to them read. I think she liked it!

 

I can do this skill at school too. I like it when children read to me.

 

I like learning it keeps my brain busy. Let’s keep on learning all of the time.

 

#learningisgood #readingpup #listeningpup #practicehelps

Happy New Year!

 

Lesley said Christmas was different this year. She said everything was different.

 

I understand that because last year lots of people came to the house but this year it was just my family and no one else.

 

When things are different it can make a puppy like me feel confused and unsure. I like to know what is happening. I like my routine because then my thinking is much easier. For me Christmas didn’t feel very different to every day. I actually didn’t mind too much just my family at Christmas because I know them very well and they know me too. It was quite a calm time.

 

We did the same things every day. We ate, we walked, we watched TV, we played games, we slept! Lesley said it was a quiet Christmas but for me it was just good fun. I did all of the things that I like to do.

 

I hope that you had a good Christmas and a happy new year. I know things are a bit different again and we can’t see lots of people but there are lots of things we can do to help us.

  • We can exercise (my favourite part of the day)
  • We can eat ( Another favourite part of my day)
  • We can learn (Lesley makes me practice my skills every day)
  • We can do the things that we enjoy at home (I like to go into the garden and see my friend the cat)
  • We can sleep (my superpower)

 

Most of all I know that I can remember to think about what I know. I know that I am OK so  I am going to ‘stay calm in all of the chaos’ and carry on following my routine.

 

#puppylockdown #knowingwhatyouknow #routineisgood #thinkingpuppy

Christmas presents!

 

I am a very lucky puppy. I was given a Christmas present. It had dog treats and squeaky toys. There were also socks with my face on for Lesley!!

 

I loved opening my presents. I loved the wrapping paper noise and the fun. It can get a bit too exciting though. I forgot to use my thinking and started to not listen or concentrate. Lesley knew I was finding things a bit much so she suggested a calm down. I lay on my mat and my friend who had bought me the Christmas present read me the special book that she had written. It was all about animals.

 

I ended up being very calm again and then I could listen and think and concentrate.

 

Remember when things get too much we all have ways to help us reach a calm / alert. We might need the people who help us to remind us what to do but it is good to know that we can find ways of helping ourselves, especially when everything is a bit different.

 

I think 2020 has been a different type of year but I also know that I am a very lucky puppy at Peterhouse school.

 

Thank you to all my friends who help me, I hope that you got a nice present too.

 

#paisley’spresent #zonesofregulation #thinkingdog #merrychristmas

 

Merry Christmas from Paisley

 

I remember this time of year last year. Trees in the house, branches that I couldn’t munch on and lots of balls I wasn’t allowed to chase or touch. I also remember the smells of cooking turkey (yum!) and sweets and chocolates. Last year is was very busy with lots of different people in and out of school and in and out of the house. This year is all feels different.

 

Lesley says it will be a quiet Christmas this year because lots of people still have to distance to keep safe. She said it won’t be forever but we all need to be sensible and help each other now. I think it has been a very strange 2020 (I don’t know really because it is my very first full year) but apparently it has been quite different and some people are really beginning to feel fed up.

 

I used my puppy thinking and decided that I want to make people happy so I wag my tail and am friendly if people want me to be but if they want to ignore me then I do what makes them happy and ignore them too.

 

I think we all have to be kind to one another, help each other and know that things will improve. We all need to remember and enjoy the good times, know what we are good at, keep learning and when things are difficult we all need to remember that it will not be forever, there are people to help us and better days are on the way.

 

Wishing you all a very merry and peaceful Christmas.

 

Paisley

xxx

 

Paisley Passed

 

My special puppy assessments had to be postponed for a while because of covid but last Friday Lesley and I had our special meeting and assessment!

 

I got really fidgety just before the man called David arrived. Lesley was being fidgety too and it made me feel not quite right. I knew she was OK but I could just tell that something was making her feel nervous. Does that sometimes happen to you? I notice when something is different or not quite right.

 

I used my thinking and decided that Lesley just wanted us both to do well. I knew I was OK so I’m not sure what she was worrying about but I thought I would try my very best to help her like she helps me!

 

When David arrived he came into the room and so I gave him a quick look and carried on chewing my bone. That was much more interesting than him. Lesley and he talked and talked..... it was pretty boring so after a while I decided to ignore them both and have a snooze. I thought I would show off my super snoozing power!!! It seemed he was quite impressed.

 

I must have snoozed for a long time because the next thing I knew it was time to walk around school. I had to show David that I can walk sensibly (of course I can), listen to Lesley (easy!), show off my tricks (I like showing off!) and ignore everyone I saw....(they all ignore me anyway). David made it super hard by working me in the hall and some people were coming to get their lunch and I had to ignore them and the lunch trolley!! I used my thinking and listening and chose to do all of the right things.

 

David gave Lesley some tips to help me some more but he also said that I was a very good puppy who is super clever, super cute and super chilled! I knew that already because I am a super puppy!! Apparently he will write a report about me too. I hope he makes a note of all of my super powers.

 

When it was all over I was given a special certificate to say I had passed my assessment. Lesley seemed to pick up on being super smiley and super chilled then.... she took her time!!!

 

I am now going to start having even more fun and working with more children in school. I cannot wait.... we will have such fun!

 

#superpuppy #superstar #schooldog #paisleypassed

 

A dog with a blog and a frog

 

Life is getting even more exciting for me at Peterhouse!

 

This week there was a knock at the door and a green face popped its head in! I did not know what to do. I had to use my thinking to work out what it was.

 

It seemed like a fluffy, green sock (I like socks usually and I pull them off Lesley’s feet) but this one had eyes and a mouth and it seemed to make funny noises. I worked out that the noises were coming from someone else and the fluffy, green sock definitely did not have a foot in it. It had a hand. Lesley told me it was a frog sock puppet.

 

I have never heard of that before and to start with a felt a little bit unsure because it moved and wriggled and did not do what socks usually do……. and it had eyes!!

 

Once I sniffed it and it smelt like Lesley’s hand I was a bit braver!! I had a sniff and although it still wriggled and moved and had a mouth and eyes I think that Lesley was making it do all of the moving with her hand so I wasn’t scared and I knew it was OK.

 

I have to learn about all sorts of things when they are new. Lesley helps me to learn. Who helps you?

 

It is good to use our thinking when things are new and we are unsure because then we can learn and we know more things. I have now learnt that socks can also be puppets!!

 

What have you learnt this week?

 

#frogsdogsandblogs #notquitesure #peoplewhohelp #learningallthetime

Lucky puppy

 

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

 

Practice makes perfect!

 

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

Autumnal puppy

 

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.

 

  1. I could just nod and agree (sometimes that’s an easy thing to do and people stop saying words we don’t understand)
  2. I could just ignore it. (I do that sometimes!)
  3. I could guess. (But guessing is hard work)
  4. I could try and work out what she meant by using my thinking. (I know I am good at thinking)

 

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

Hugs

 

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

Sometimes I have to make my needs known.....

 

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

 

Friends

 

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:

  • He has sharp teeth
  • He wags his tail when he doesn’t want to play
  • He has sharp claws
  • He can get grumpy quickly and then I know to stop
  • He likes to chase me
  • He hides in bushes and jumps on me
  • He likes the sunshine
  • If he doesn’t want to play he makes a growling noise
  • If he is asleep he doesn’t want to play
  • He doesn’t like it when I lie on top of him
  • He quite likes to lie on top of me.
  • He is my good friend who plays with me a lot and sometimes comes for a walk with me!

 

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

Tired pup!

 

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

We can learn from mistakes

 

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:

  • I should not chew shoes
  • I should not make a big mess
  • I should not chew up paper
  • I should leave my mat where it is kept

 

Things that I like to do:

  • Collect Lesley’s shoes and cuddle them
  • Chewing paper
  • Collecting all of my mats and putting them into my bed
  • Playing

 

Things that I know happened:

  • Lesley washed her shoes
  • Lesley filled them with paper to help them dry
  • Lesley left them on the floor near my mat
  • I wanted to play
  • Lesley was not pleased

 

Things that I learnt:

  • When I am tired it is harder to think
  • When I am tired I sometimes forget
  • Playing is lots of fun
  • When I play and get excited I also forget to think and I forget the rules
  • Lesley said it was OK and she wasn’t cross but to remember my thinking next time so that I made a good choice
  • Lesley had to do quite a bit of tidying up and did not want my help!

 

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

 

A Special Picture

 

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.

Lunchtime Walking

 

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:

 

  • Walking on the pavement
  • Stopping to cross the road
  • Looking both ways
  • Not pulling on the lead
  • Not sniffing all the interesting smells (that is hard to remember for me)
  • Listening to Lesley to keep me safe
  • Looking and listening all of the time so that I am alert

 

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

Doing new things

 

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

Thinking about being a school dog...puppy dreams!

 

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

Puppy powers!
 

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

Meeting people at last!

 

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

Holiday fun....

 

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

 

Thinking Outside the Box!

 

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!

 

Happy holidays!

Happy Holidays!

 

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.

 

From Paisley

Changes again…

 

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:

  • Keep our distance – as best we can
  • Wear a mask in a shop (that is a bit like me wearing my special jacket when I am working – it reminds me of the rules)
  • Turn on our thinking to help us remember
  • Follow the new rules in each different place
  • Wash our hands (my paws)

 

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

Changes!

 

I have had to think about a lot of changes. This has been since March. The changes I have had to think about are:

  • Being a home dog not a school dog
  • Lesley still going to work and leaving me (I’m not keen on that)
  • Not going to my special training
  • Learning online (Lesley works on the computer)
  • Home learning  - practicing my skills at home instead of in school
  • Physical distancing – from other people on my walks and the cat!
  • Having an operation and being left with the vet
  • Visiting school again to see the new rules
  • Learning to be a school dog again

 

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 am still going to be a school dog
  • I am still learning the rules
  • My family look after me
  • People at school look after me
  • People help me to remember the rules
  • I can turn my thinking on and remember what to do
  • When I am worn out I can do super puppy power naps!!
  • Lesley always helps me

 

I think I am a lucky puppy and that I can cope with all the changes after all.

 

#puppypower #teampaisley #changeisok #thinkingpuppy #schooldog

Getting used to the ‘new normal’

 

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 dog!!

 

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:

  • Ice cubes
  • Lying in the shade
  • Lying by a fan
  • Not running around
  • Water

 

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

 

Bubbles!

 

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.....

 

For example....

 

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

Remembering!!

 

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

 

Haircut!

 

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

People who care

 

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

Super Puppy

 

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

 

Something different…charity photoshoot!

 

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:

  • Commando crawl
  • Cute and fluffy
  • Listening to Lesley
  • Appreciating nature
  • Smart and sophisticated
  • Cuddle with Lesley
  • Professional pose
  • Doorstep pose

 

It was something new to try. Can any of you take any doorstep photos that we can share?

 

#posingpuppy #charitybeginsathome #thinkingofothers #queenscourthospice #DHKpuppy #paisleypup

Jumping through hoops

 

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

Puppy plans

 

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....

 

Positive thinking

 

“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

 

New words

 

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

 

I’m so lucky!

 

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

All change!

 

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

 

Whoops!!!

 

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

Learning about new people!

 

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

Sister!

 

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