I am a new mom to a 3 month old female cream-colored miniature poodle I have named Ralia (meaning Golden; name derives from Australia). I got her about 1 month ago when she was just 2 months old. She is very beautiful, playful and stole my heart the first time i saw her.
A lil about myself:
Im a 31 year old female professional from Washington, DC. Single but in a committed relationship, I live alone in a quiet apt building downtown. So i don't get much company except on the weekends, so figured a puppy will make me a great friend and i have alot of love to give
I have heard great things about poodles so I always wanted one. I looked at local shelters in the past year and couldn't found one, so a coworker told me about Justpuppies in Maryland. Met her there and fell in love.
Ralia is funny, witty and has been the best thing to happen to me this year. I didn't realize how lonely i was at home until I got her. She goes everywhere with me now - even to the grocery store, the guard watches her while i go in, since they don't allow dogs. It's barely a month and to be honest, it hasn't been an easy journey. She had no training at all (and neither do I - in fact, i think she's smarter than me). Growing up, my parents always had 2 big german shepards - which i never was responsible for, so she's my first puppy.
While we are working on it, Ralia hates her crate, I've tried 3. Because she is still a puppy, she isn't crate trained, house broken, obedient, barks, growls, yells and yaps endlessly, destructive, stubborn, "talks back", bites, scratches, jumps aggressively etc... I mean you name every bad dog behavior...lol, my Ralia had it.
The first 2 weeks, I almost became regretful. I even remember breaking down and crying out of frustration twice cos she wouldn't stop barking/yapping anytime i stepped out the room or for no reason at all and she will do so for hours!! and the neighbors were beginning to complain to the building manager - I got a letter already. For a small dog, her bark & yap was loud and teeth grinding. I tried everything. I made sure she was comfortable, fed, healthy (constant VET's visits), everything! and so I couldn't figure out the reason for the behavior. Even in the middle of the night, she sould suddenly start and since her crate was next to my bed - it snapped me out of any lovely dreams i was trying to have at 3am
and picking her up, taking her to ease herself, she still wouldn't stop after going back in - kept me up all night. I went to work tired, sleepy and bitter the next morning, if i made it in at all. Omg!!! It felt like i had adopted a vicious Lion
The only time she's quiet is when we are taking long walks, or playing at the park. So, for that reason I spent alot of time outside with her at the park, sometimes hours. It was getting cold and my life was pretty much on hold because I did nothing else! My man wasn't a big fan of dogs - he was scared of dogs (tho supported my decision to get her and he's slowly warming up to her) but first few days, he avoided her whenever he was around.
I have started the VETs' visit for her vaccines and tests - she has a clean bill of health so far. She loves the visits because she gets to play with other dogs but hates the car rides there -- more jumping, scratching, tearing down her crate, barking & yapping viciously in my ear
the whole 20 min drive and throwing up in the car. She wouldn't let me drive, so i have a soft crate i put her in on the back sit. No amount of treats, cuddles or praise would work.
I have signed us up for puppy school which starts in January and I am patiently trying my best to train her so we can be a happy family
I have been doing alot of reading and that's how I found this great forum.
It's about 4 weeks now and I am happy to say, she is starting to behave
The yapping & barking has stopped dramatically in this past week. And so I think i may have started to do something right, perhaps.
Anyways, thanks for reading about my new family. I just wanted to share. I will post photos soon as i can. It's nice to be here and read about you all and your lovely poodles. Some of you guys have or have raised so well mannered and obedient dogs, I hope Ralia will grow up to be just like that.
Your new poodle lover,
Jumi (Ralia's mom)