Overcoming the Couch

Up until a a month ago, Teddy loved to snuggle-up on the couch with one or both of his humans. It was part of his evening routine. He would wait patiently until we were seated and then ask with his eyes if he could come up too. Up he'd hop and curl-up on someone's hip. 

I loved that time. Seemingly overnight, this has changed. He'll come up if we insist on it, but he'll only stay a moment and then, tail tucked, he'll slink away. My mind boggles at this change of events, but I do know that sensitive dogs can be affected by something that a human is completely blind to. I've racked my brain. Did he jump up and hurt himself on something? He must associate it with some negativity, but I just don't know what that might be.  

We're at square one with this. Using praise and treats to help him start feeling good about being up on the couch with us again. It hurts my heart to see my poodle uncomfortable with something, especially when I don't know the cause! In every other way and in every other place he is as happy as a clam. But, in order to move forward, I have to put my pity party aside and tackle this new couch aversion head-on. Teddy loves to be praised and he loves treats, so I'm sure we'll get back to the time where we are snuggling happily on the couch together. It just takes patience and love, of which I have both.

Although D'Art is in the foreground in this photo, I had to use this photo to show Teddy's sweet face in the background as it perfectly sums-up his normal demeanor - happy and loving! Besides, D'Art looks pretty handsome too!
Update - since writing this post a few days ago, Teddy has come up on the couch for snuggles successfully when asked. We still have to invite him, but that's progress!
Has your dog ever developed an inexplicable aversion to something?


  1. YAY Teddy!!! Hoping that the progress continues!!! DakotasDen

  2. Ohhhh, at least you're making progress.

    Zoey was afraid of her favorite spot on the sofa once, it's where she sleeps every night. It was Rodrigo's fault. It took some praise, treats, and an apology from Rodrigo, but she was on the sofa when I woke up the next morning.

    It was heart breaking.

  3. Awww that's so weird! I'm glad that there is progress now, but I sure do wish that our dogs could tell us what happened in situations like this!

  4. Glad to hear Teddy is getting back in to the swing of settee snuggles, they are the bestest
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  5. ♪♪Happy Birthday to you,♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Birthday to you,♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Birthday Dear D’Art and Teddy,♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Birthday to you.♪♪

    Came over from Caren and Dakota's place. ☺

  6. ☆¸.•°*”˜˜”*°•.¸☆♪ღ♪* Happy*•♪ღ♪★Birthday to both of the boyz❣️ ☆ Hope your day is groovy
    Your fur-iend,

  7. "Dog memory" can cure a lot of problems, even with brilliant dogs like Poodles. It's surprising what they can remember and what they can forget.

  8. Way to make 'pawgress!' Sam had a small cyst removed and had to wear a cone a few months ago. I think all the tossing his head back and forth and crashing into furniture and doorways made him gun shy. He's still wary about passing through the small dining room and darts past it as if he's reliving those cone days. Hopefully both pups will revert back to the sweet boys of the past. ღ

  9. Bernie used to stay on the bed with us for a long time, but now he jumps off after less than 30 mins. We think he just gets too hot. He usually comes back during the night or in the morning and asks to come up again.

    1. I hadn't thought of heat being the issue, but you make a good point! That could certainly be a problem this time of year.


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