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Thursday, 1 August 2019

A gentle "battle of wills"

Millie is a hound, and hounds are known for being stubborn and determined, so no surprises we had our first battle of wills last night, exactly what I was expecting roughly when I was expecting it:  Millie decided the Human Bed was a much better bet than the makeshift dog bed she had kipped on the previous two nights.

This would be the makeshift bed which is made from thick garden-furniture cushions, with a fleece backed quilt on top, and my very thick & fluffy sleeping bag on that, topped off with the oldest, most ragged, softest favourite dog quilt which both Ollie and Daisy have loved to death.



This makeshift bed was more than adequate on Monday night, and clearly acceptable on Tuesday night because she allowed me to drape a thin fleece over her as it was a bit nippy (and like Daisy, she leeches heat at an alarming rate).



But Wednesday night, "Oh No, Matey, I'm on the Human Bed if you don't mind".  Well actually, sweetheart, I do mind.  I minded when I put her to bed, put my light out and 20 seconds later there was a thump as she landed next to me.  Two legs puts the light on, gets out of bed, picks up Millie, puts her on her own bed, gets back into Human Bed, turns light off.

Repeat 20 seconds later.

And again,  and again, after which I pulled on my dressing gown and silently stood in front of the bed so she could not jump up.  Occasionally she managed to get past me, which resulted in her being gently picked up, put on her own bed.

Rinse and Repeat. Again.  And Again.  And Again.

I didn't speak to her, did not give her any eye contact.  Just quietly picked her up, moved her, got in her way, did it again and again and again (are you spotting a pattern here?  🙂  )

Including a brief visit to the garden for a pee, it probably took 90 minutes or so until Alpha Female won this round.
Eventually the Honourable Lady Millicent the Magnificent gave up.
There was no way I could let her get away with it, this was a small battle of wills that I had to win and it was good to be able to do so with quiet and kindness.

No Millie's were told off during the making of this episode.

But look at her this morning - butter wouldn't melt in that soft, gentle mouth!















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    1. She certainly is Jules, even at 1.00am when she was being a determined little Madam she's gorgeous!

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  2. She is gorgeous, look at those legs! That is one very happy, contented girl. Good on you for not giving in, not easy I know. I'm a terrible human to Maggie who wont let her sleep on our bed, mostly because for a small dog she takes up as much space as possible and digs her paws into me so I can't sleep and all while my wife sleeps uninterupted. I'm so pleased it's working out with Millie and already love reading about her.

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    1. Oh you Dreadful Human, you!
      Daisy was the same - feet stuck into me sleeping like a baby whilst I was just laying there . . . she was only allowed up if there was a storm outside and I knew she was scared.
      Glad you are enjoying The Chronicles of Millicent!

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  3. She's pushing the boundaries bless her - I'm glad you won the battle of wills, this time at least :) She's lovely though, and I love the second photo :)

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    1. Thanks Eunice, she tried it again last night - but only twice and then slept through until gone 7.00am. What a little star . . .

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  4. Oh my goodness, those floppy ears, legs for days, what a beauty.

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    1. The legs have been judged a cross between Naomi Campbell and Elle McPherson 😀

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  5. Congratulations on winning Round 1
    🐶 vs 👧
    Here's to the next one......and the next! Xx

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    1. Thanks Pauline, not so much winning, as a (hopefully) successful training exercise. See above to Eunice, last night was fine.

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  6. She is absolutely gorgeous and it's a familiar story as my daughter has two greyhounds that like to sleep on her bed but not at the same time as Molly dog is the boss :) My daughter posts photos on Facebook and is admin of a certain hound group. If you're interested then just drop me an email xx

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    1. Thanks Eileen. I don't have a Facebook account and never intend to create one, but thank you.

      I do, however, intend to email you sometime! It's just right now I don't seem to have a spare minute to myself 🙂

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  7. Dear Jayne
    Well done for winning this one! She is so gorgeous (even if she is testing the boundaries!)
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Hi Ellie, you can't blame her - she's already become attached to me so why not want to sleep as close as possible?

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  8. Good for you. Not easy or convenient but must be done.

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    1. Thanks FFG, actually, I did not mind. And I knew it had to be done gently, and immediately, otherwise I would just have been setting us up for bigger problems in future.

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  9. She's gorgeous - but I would imagine squashing up on a bed with her wouldn't be ideal! It's really uncomfortable with a cat on my bed all night!! She sounds to be very intelligent so should be a quick learner.

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    1. {{snortle}}
      Millie would be taking up way more room than your cat, but I suspect the cat would be less biddable and sleep exactly where she wanted (which according to friends who allow such things is usually on your head!!)

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  10. She's gorgeous. Just got some internet, so have only just seen all of this. Talk soon. Take care & huggles.

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  11. Reading this reminded me of Supernanny training toddlers with the back to bed technique. I'm sure she'll quickly get the message.

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    1. Oh, that's priceless . . . but true, I remember reading once that a smart dog has about the same IQ as a toddler.

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  12. aha ... you persisted and prevailed ... congrats- I thought about reading your blog post to Olivia (my small canine boss) but realized she knows I have a will of gelatin, so I'll just admire your successful training process and know you will soon have a delightfully well-mannered girl- Miss Millie is an absolute beauty-
    Texas has now reached the sticky sweaty season- ugh-
    regards as always-
    barb

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    1. "Dear Olivia,
      Listen to what your Mummy tells you, then laugh your paws off 'cos you know it will make no difference"


      Good luck with the rest of your summer, I think Texas would be way too hot for me.

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  13. Nice one Alpha Female :) She is obviously used to being allowed to snooze with her previous owner. She'll soon understand the ways of the Bag End Pack ! x

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    1. Thanks Kate. You may well be right, although it could just be a "pack" thing.

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