When I decided that Stanley was NOT going to sleep with me I looked around for a solution to my problem. I ended up getting a wide baby gate with mesh (so he can see through it) that fit the double doors leading to the bathroom. My master bathroom is long so I put a comfy little round bed at the end so Stanley could see me. (Seeing me is important to Stanley if he can’t get full body contact.)
One day I noticed that he wasn’t using his cute little round bed. Instead, he started pulling it out of the bathroom and dragging it into the living room where it became a toy.
I cannot tell a lie. Stanley has gained weight. He gained a pound on the last groomer’s appointment. He doesn’t get people food but he does get training treats. Bottom line, he probably didn’t fit into his round bed. Instead, he started sleeping on one of the bathroom rugs.
I bought him a Serta dog bed.
I never, in a million years, thought I would have to talk Stanley into using it. It has a thick mattress and bolsters on three sides. It’s comfy and cushy and Stanley is absolutely terrified of it.
I forgot – and I have to keep being reminded – that Stanley does NOT adapt well to change. Any change at all.
So, after the first night, when he slept on the other end of the bathroom, I decided to begin Operation LoveMyBed. I rubbed my hands all over the bed so he would get my smell. I put the nightgown I’d worn one night down on the bottom mattress. I threw training treats on top of the bed. Whenever he went near the bed he got another cookie. For two nights I coaxed him closer and closer. Finally, I picked him up and put him in the bed and told him what a good boy he was. Of course, he jumped right back out, but that was okay.
I was working on my laptop in bed the other night and I heard his tags jingle. I played it cool, but I looked over at bathroom door. Stanley was getting closer to the bed. I kept working. I didn’t say anything to him, but I would glance over there from time to time. Finally, I saw two little ears appear above the bolsters on the bed.
He has decided that the plush, comfy, decadent bed is just to his liking. Finally.
Dog food recall
Did you hear that Hill’s Science Diet canned dog food was voluntarily recalled because of too much Vitamin D? I didn’t hear about it on the news, but then I don’t watch the news anymore. Here’s the link: https://www.hillspet.com/productlist
Fascinating dog information
I told y’all that I’d invested in a FitBark for Stanley to let me know his activity level during the day. He’s gained that pound and I want to ensure he loses it and doesn’t gain more. FitBark has a great interactive map that provides lots of information about different breeds even if you don’t have a FitBark. The only proviso is that you have to access this site via a desktop computer: https://www.fitbark.com/insights/nutrition/
Have a lovely, safe, warm weekend!