Ask Alecia: My Pup Stays Under My Desk!

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Dear Alecia,

I have a standard poodle. I also have four children under the age of 6. I am supervising all interactions and trying my best to positively train him. He does like to go under things…he hangs out under my desk, under my table instead of on his dog bed. He is social, he will run around the kids and play.

I’m just wondering if he is scared or stressed. There are no other indicators that he is scared…other than him growling at my husband one time…it was dark. He is 14 weeks old. we are using lots of treats and praising him for good behavior. — Kellie

Hi Kellie,

Sounds like you have quite the busy household.  And it also sounds like you are doing all the right things and have it all under control.

Poodles, in my opinion are the closest you can get to a human being in a fur suit.  They are very smart, loving, loyal, fun and also know when they have had enough interaction and need a rest.  It sounds like your  pup is just being a pup and pups like to lie or sleep in protected spaces which is part of the innate den mentality.  As he gets older he may or  may not outgrow this but there is nothing wrong with it at all.

So enjoy him and know that he seems to be taking good care of himself and really grateful you are taking such good care of him.

Paws Up!

Alecia Evans, HDT, Inventor

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Alecia Evans is the inventor of The Walk In Sync™ Humane Dog Walking and Training System with her exclusive 5 Minute Manners Makeovers using the Walk In Sync™ Harness and Accu-Grip Leash, along with her Walk In Sync™ 3 Easy Steps to teach any human/dog duos to Walk In Sync in just minutes.

The former host of the award-winning GrassRoots Aspen TV Series, The Whole Animal-An Alternative Approach to Animal Care, Alecia takes a natural approach to dog training and health care. Her work has been featured on Fox and Friends, The Sandra Glosser Show, NY 1, and in Aspen Magazine, DogTipper.com, The New York Daily News and Woof Report.

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