By Wellpets Vets, Aug 10 2017 07:44AM
Barry the Springer Spaniel puppy has been with us now for 2 weeks and he has settled in really well, we cracked the crate training over the first week, although the first few nights were very hard.
After reading various books and opinions from different sources we tried setting our alarm to get him up in the night. This allowed him go to the toilet, rather than waiting until he was wide awake and being vocal which then would take him longer to settle. This worked very well however by 5am he still thinks it time for us all to be up and playing!
His toilet training in the first week was impeccable, we were so impressed with him, giving him lots of praise when he toileted outside and introducing the “be busy” cue, come week 2 though he has started to lapse a bit and had a few accidents in the house. Puppies do not have full bladder control until over 6 months of age, which we have to keep reminding ourselves after the fourth wee puddle we have cleaned up!
We have been taking Barry out and about as much as we can (carrying him until he is fully vaccinated). He has met a variety of people and a few other fully vaccinated dogs as well as Woody the horse! He has socialised with other puppies at training class and is doing great with his basic training, so far, he has learnt his name, sit, lie down, give his paw, just about roll over and high five, his recall is improving and we are just starting this week on his loose lead walking!
Keeping him mentally stimulated is just as important as physical exercise, we have “banished the bowl” and are using lots of activity feeders to provide his meals, such as kongs, snuffle mat, licky mat, scrunched up paper with kibble hidden in, cardboard boxes with shredded paper and sprinkling food in, slow feeder bowls, scatter feeding in the garden. Lots to keep his little brain working hard to earn his food. Give one a try for your pet - we have a range that can be ordered at the practice (extra 10% off for Pet Health Club Members - ask a member of staff).
We as puppy parents are facing the same everyday issues that a lot of owners who come to the surgery do – play biting being a huge one for us over the last week. We are trying various techniques to reduce this, it is a work in progress so will update in the next blog!
There are the endless hours of fun he provides, from discovering a new toy, or when he does the cute head turn when he hears a new noise on the TV, the boundless energy he has at 5am in the morning and last thing at night as he has his final dash around the garden, as his tail wags frantically when a new person approaches to say hello!
You can catch Barry at our next Wellpets event which is at the RSPCA dog show on Sunday 13th August 11-3pm, where he will be helping out on the Wellpets stand, so if you have any questions about our Pet Health Club, as Barry is a member can fill you in on all the benefits!