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!|
Has your dog ever developed an inexplicable aversion to something?