My grandchildren came over to meet Poppy and she loved them. They tried playing tug-of-war with her, but she didn’t understand what to do because she never played with toys when she was at the breeder’s kennel. However, when they threw a tennis ball, she knew what to do with that!!
She chased it and either brought it back within five feet of us or just laid down with it where she got it. There was no dropping it for us so we could throw it again. She just wanted to chew on it. I had to trade a treat for the ball so she would drop it. Since there were other dogs around, we put the balls away so there wouldn’t be any disagreements over them.
When Poppy first came to our house, she barked at herself in the mirror in the curio cabinet or at her reflection in the patio door. She doesn’t do that anymore. At her first foster home, she had seven dogs in the surrounding three backyards, so she barked at them whenever she was outside.
When I let the dogs out at my house, she runs full steam to the fence barking in case there are any dogs outside. The problem is, none of my neighbors have dogs anymore. I think she is finally realizing that, so she barks just once as she runs into the yard.
Poppy is a joy to have around. She loves to be brushed or combed. When I had her groomed, the groomer used a shampoo that loosens the undercoat because she had so much fur. The breeders don’t brush the dogs, so we had a lot of undercoat to get rid of. It almost looked like another dog lying next to me!