Pinup Girl And Puppy Drama
Aida, my tiny Chinese Crested puppy, constantly works the sexy poses!
Like an opera star, she also has a bit of the drama queen in her.
In rather traumatic news, when I groomed her yesterday, she screamed like I was trying to kill her, even when the trimmer -- a very nice Wahl -- was inches away from her.
Had I not seen the same thing happen for our wise, compassionate, but gently firm breeder, I would have been even more upset than I already was. (He laughed it off as "puppy drama," which helped.)
So when she shrieked, I held her and calmed her down and petted her, and used a lady eyebrow trimmer on her muzzle. She screamed at that at first, and then I held her and calmed her and petted her more and finally she let me do it.
I was reminded that I only started grooming Lucy after years of her going to professional groomers. Somebody else probably went through the puppy drama far away from my unknowing eyes and ears. (Thanks, Ally! Of Ally Cats and Dogs. I had noooo idea!)
But after our grooming session, this absolutely well-adjusted dog who is fazed not at all by loud noises of an urban neighborhood or the occasionally loud shrieks of my neighbors' baby, started shrieking whenever I picked her up from my lap.
This was upsetting. Like, institutionalize me in the morning upsetting.
But each time, I put my hand around her muzzle (hating to do this every time I did it) and held it and said, "No noise." She was only shrieking from time to time when I picked her up last night, but I was a wreck. She was avoiding me, wanting to go lie down in her little den area.
I couldn't sleep, worrying that I "broke" my darling puppy and that she'd hate me or stop being so happy.
In the morning, I woke up and made coffee and bacon, not coming out to see her or paying attention to her. T., one of the two breeders, told me that your puppy's life has to revolve around yours and not the other way around.
When I went over, she started crying and, painful as it was, I said, "No noise!" and walked away. Each time I went over and she made noise I did the same. I once held her little muzzle. (This makes me feel absolutely HORRIBLE but I'm trying to stop behavior problems before they start.)
Anyway, when she was quiet, I reached in. She was curled up, moping a little, I guess I'd describe it, not bouncing up to see me, which broke my heart. Maybe she did hate and fear me. That would be so horrible.
But we went out for a pee (she peed; I encouraged!, and I gave her a treat afterward and praised her lots, and she bounded after me, happy, and we played with her ball.
Oh, it is really hard sometimes trying to discipline a puppy. All the rest of the teaching and correcting so far has been no problem, because it's only the apparent unhappiness that eats me up!