This post is going to be a bit of a break from our training posts and a bit more lighthearted. Recently we have been reminding ourselves to have a bit more fun with Bonnie and to look past her issues to the goofy, funny, cuddly dog she really is. So these are a few things we have learned about Bonnie recently!
1. She likes to play with footballs! I bought her a really cheap one to see if she liked it and as you can see in the video below she had a blast! At least right up until she punctured it haha so we are going to treat her to a Chuckit football sometime soon.
2. She doesn’t care about bubbles and they don’t phase her at all! I’m always so impressed when Bonnie handles new experiences so well 🙂
3. She feels safer being held in our cul de sac – when we leave for our walks Bonnie always slinks out the door and walks low to the ground until we exit our estate as she is wary and on the lookout for cats, off leash dogs and excitable kids running about. We recently discovered that she likes being held outside and it keeps her much more relaxed while in our estate. I might look a bit mad to the neighbours but I don’t care! The other day an off lead whippet came right up to my feet and Bonnie just calmly looked down at it like nah nah you can’t get me 😀
4. She thinks mannequins are real people – we went to an outdoorsy shop that allows dogs in and she rushed right up to a mannequin thinking it was a real person and tried to jump up for pets, which of course caused it to lose balance and fall over! Thankfully I was able to grab it and stop it from completely falling over and making a scene but when Bonnie seen it falling she looked like she wanted the ground to swallow her whole, the sensitive wee soul she is, she thought she knocked over an actual person . At least it gave us some good opportunities to train!
5. She is very particular in how she eats her salad and supplements in the morning. We have to use wet food for her herbal calming powder to stick to otherwise she tries to nose around and avoid it. It’s so funny to watch her eat as she’ll pick out the leafy parts so she can get to the good stuff and leaves them all over the floor to eat after haha.
6. Somehow she has finally learned how to de-stuff soft toys properly – she no longer eats the stuffing that she pulls out of the toy, she just pulls it out and leaves it to the side like a normal pup 🙂 It’s so great that she can finally play with soft toys without us constantly watching like a hawk!
We have had such a blast recently with Bonnie so I think we are going to prioritise our spending on some fun enrichment items rather than training stuff so we can learn even more about her personality and what makes her tick!