Last week I received an update for Tucker from Lisa. Tucker is from Casper and Blottie's litter born March 2019.
How are you? Loved the video of Henry jumping into your arms. Tucker also does some very impressive jumps these days. When he's a bit older we'll have to see if he's into some Agility work. I've attached a video from Tucker's daycare of him leaping over obstacles, taken by the brilliant woman who runs it. He still loves daycare. I think it makes such a big difference for him as he's a sociable fellow and he's a lone doggo at home. He seems to have a particular knack for getting along with dogs who don't tend to get along with other dogs. At daycare, he's managed to play with dogs who are normally aloof and this happens to us in the park too, much to the other owners' amazement.
We've also started 'jogging' a bit with him, because he's sometimes starting to pull on the lead while also not having his head in the game for training. By 'jogging' I mean we jog/sprint to keep up with him (he can be very fast) then stop very suddenly when he decides he needs to sniff and then mark things. So it's more like interval training, which is a great workout and a lot of fun. By the time Tucker is done with a 4km the other dogs will definitely know he's around, such is his thoroughness with marking.
Tucker has gotten even more cuddly with us, which we love and is so relaxing. He can still find it difficult to settle in one place for long sometimes. He'll often move from spot to spot to sleep every 10-15min. Is this something you've run into with your dogs? Do they grow out of it?
After a bit of an exhausting blip when he hit adolescence, he's sleeping well again in his crate overnight. We'd love to let him sleep on our bed a bit when we sleep in on the weekend, but he can't stay asleep in a spot for long, which makes it tricky. We think it's because he overheats under the duvet when he burrows under it, or even when he sleeps on top of it. (He also has several dog beds, as I keep thinking we'll find one he really likes, but he often prefers the floor!)
Unfortunately for us, the stage of teething he's at, with his adult teeth settling in, our floorboards and skirting boards are particularly attractive for him to chew. We have tried loads of different chews with him, but he continues to be very fussy about what he'll chew on. Are there any chews you'd recommend we try?
We paused alone time training when his overnight routine went awry but we hope to pick it back up in a couple of weeks. We hope to make more progress with it now that he's a bit older.
Otherwise training is going well, especially considering he's in the midst of adolescence. He can have days though where he's a bit deaf to us. He's also barked a few times if someone new visits the downstairs neighbours. It's quite impressive the scent record he has of who is usual versus not!
The photo of Tucker in the crate is in our car. He's amazing in the car these days. Goes straight to sleep. Took a lot of training to get to this point, but so worth it!
Thank you so much for everything.
Lisa and Tom"
"Hello Lisa and Tom,
good to hear how Tucker is getting on. I was out with his sister, Flossie on Sunday. Christel who has, Flossie, has been worried to let her off lead when out walking. So I arranged to meet her at a very good place for off lead walks, Heywood forest with one of our dogs. Lottie, who is very good at staying with you and recall. She was really good, much to the relief of Christel, who I think had been quiet worried about doing an off lead walk. So it is really lovely to see your Tucker out and about off lead. I think of this freedom (of a sort) for them, as a reward for putting up with us.
The lying with you only for a short while, will often be that they just get warm and move to a cooler spot, and part his age. I have some dogs that prefer to lie at my feet, at my shoulder or on my lap. Ernest is by my feet as I type this. Blottie his Mum loves it if you lie out and she can lie alongside you. As he gets older, he should settle for longer periods.
As for chews. I take the advice of long in the tooth Dental and oral veterinary surgeon, Fraser Hale and use the Knee-Cap Rule. “If you would not want me to hit you in the knee cap with it, do not let your dog chew on it!” For very small dogs, I say “if your dog would not want me to hit them in the knee cap with it, do not let them chew on it.”
This article https://www.preventivevet.com/dogs/popular-dog-chews-that-are-actually-dangerous-to-dogs written by a vet tells about what to not let a dog chew and what might be a good choice for a dog to chew, and I've attached Fraser Hale's advice about the Knee-Cap Rule.
I have always got on well with rawhide chews with our dogs.
Hope this helps.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me (Jane) with Puddin' and Teagol, waiting patiently to flush a patch of kale, December 2019
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