It’s very hard to describe Nyx.
She can be confident yet timid; playful yet incredibly calm; friendly yet nervous.
It’s not necessarily that she’s frightened with people, it’s just that she has absolutely zero interest or connection with them…wait, that’s not right either, because she loves snuggles…it’s like they have never had a role in her life.
After a few days she has started cuddling with us, and she really enjoys fuss…but she knows nothing about being spoken to, and when we encourage her to us, however we sound has no effect…I can hold my hands out to her, clap my hands, play bow to her, and squeal all excited, but it won’t make a difference to her.
It’s not that she’s not a people-pup, because she loves play and cuddles…she just seems to have zero experience.
Also she is slightly more timid when we are stood up – she will approach us submissively / timidly. When we are sitting she bounds to us 95% of the time, although occasionally there is some timidity.
She loves her food, which is to be expected, and puzzle feeders sometimes frustrate her – she will whine quietly as she does them!!
Crate training hasn’t really begun yet, we have shut her into the pen alongside the crate whilst she has puzzle feeders, but only briefly (20 mins tops) and we haven’t left the house yet.
I’m trying to do lots of positivity with the crate, as she seems to have had an unpleasant experience with one, so we’re certainly not shutting her in yet.
She sleeps with us at night and is incredible.
She’s an extremely floppy puppy, she will just flop everywhere, and in the night she can often be found under my or my partner’s arm, spooning with us, with her head nestled against our own. Adorable ❤
Housetraining, again going well, just one accident.
We started work on sit today, as she’s finally understanding us giving her treats, so I’m introducing the clicker…at this point she will respond to the hand signal for sit about 70% of the time. I don’t think that’s too bad!
She responds to her name really well, but again her approach can sometimes be a little timid…just a lowered head, and low, slightly nervy tail wag.
Today we began harness work and she was amazing – she was fine with a step-in harness and the EzyDog which went over her head…that sighthound body makes fitting step-ins tough though!!!
I’ve also been doing lots of beginners handling work with her…stroking her all over while she sleeps, checking her ears, playing with her feet etc. She’s really rocked at this, I did some mock filing with her ID tag against her nails today and she didn’t so much as twitch in her sleep 🙂
She’s incredible though, and the difference we’ve seen already is amazing…I mean, look at this confidence!
As I type this my partner’s out with Rey, Kasper’s just been for a walk (before that he was out, separated across the hall, so him and Nyx could see each other), and currently Nyxie is beside me, pressed right against me, sleeping ❤
Oh, and look at her new tag that arrived today!