Today it’s two weeks since I picked Specs up so I thought now was a good time for a bit of an update.
I can’t believe it’s only been two weeks. Every other dog I’ve had has felt like a stranger in the house for the first few days, if not weeks, but not Specs. To be honest, I can’t remember a time when she wasn’t here. I know that sounds mushy, but that’s the way it is.
Over the last couple of weeks we’ve done lots and lots of socialisation (I’ll do a post on that soon) and lots of clicker training (which also needs a post to itself). Specs now knows her name, comes when called, gives a paw, spins (a lot), crawls under legs, is getting to grips with commando crawls and roll overs, lies down, stands up, and is starting to do sendaways (that’s an obedience exercise – sending your dog to a distant target). So in a nutshell, she’s had a busy and productive couple of weeks.
What about the toilet training?, I hear you ask. Well, that’s jogging along nicely. She does most of her toilet in the garden, uses puppy pads in her various cages when she’s left for any length of time, and has only had two accidents in the house, both of which have been because of my inattentiveness.
She’s now sleeping downstairs too – I just couldn’t take the nightly trips to the garden when she was sleeping in my room. She cried a little at first but now settles down nicely as soon as the lights go off.
But what about Specs herself? Well, as I think I said earlier, what I wanted from my puppy was for her to make me laugh (100% pass mark for that one), cuddles (which she’s pretty good at, but when she wants to run around she certainly lets me know – so I think for that she gets a B+) and calmness. Ah yes, calmness: that lovely Cavalier temperament I was aiming for. If only. I suspect that the Jack Russell may be coming out – she may be small, but by heck she can be wild.
But do I care? Not one jot. She’s the cutest puppy ever and I wouldn’t swap her for the world.