The last two weeks have been pretty jam-packed in the puppy world. Doug had his final jabs, discovered the outside world and also we had our first (and hopefully last!) item loss due to his teething/chewing phase. Unfortunately this was some of Grants uber sexy and expensive earphones. Oops.
So here's some of the stuff Doug has learnt in the last couple of weeks..
- To return when his name is called
- To bark on command "speak!"
- A half-understanding of Fetch. I'm not sure whether he gets it or it's just luck when he returns - I guess this needs a lot more work!
- To climb down stairs with the security of a helping-hand.
- To try and eat as many leafs in the garden as possible. And perhaps try at the odd stone. Argh.
- What a dog-walk is like... much grassy-ness.
- To growl back at Todd when he tries to steal food.
He's also starting puppy-school next week. Okay so that's what I'm nicknaming it.. but really its just a bit of puppy socialisation and training. When I got Todd as a puppy I never went to any of these kinda things as I was too scared and thought going to such a thing was for bad pet-owners who lack training skill. Even though I did lack training-skill I didn't want to admit it. But actually, grown up Kezzabeth now realises how narrow-minded that was, and actually (hopefully) it will be really enjoyable for Doug to meet other puppies to play with.
Todd had his dental treatment this week. He lost 11 teeth (eleven!!). I was really nervous about it actually. I knew when I dropped him off I would be made aware of all the risks (even though I had already been told) and would also have to sign a form of consent. But as soon as I stepped outside the vets I had a little cry. I then proceeded to be a nervous wreck all day. But little Todd did good and all went well. Picking him up was funny as he acted almost drunk. It's been a few days now and he's back on solid food and acting as if nothing ever happened. Funnily though, because he now has no top teeth at the front, he can't get a good grip on food to take from the hand so ends up having to mouth your entire hand. It's very gummy. Ew.
Anyway here's a few pics from the last couple of weeks...