Apologies if you’re not keen on the puppy posts, but just look at that face! I couldn’t not share it.
Pepper is 5 months old today, meaning we have now had her in our lives for 3 months! It feels like longer than that…
She has grown so fast, and it’s hard to even call her a puppy anymore, as she’s definitely more like a small dog now.
I’m sad that we finished her 8 week puppy training course this weekend, but I’m so proud of what she’s learnt there. If anyone is looking for a socialisation/training class for young dogs in Cornwall I would highly recommend Trudy Swann classes. They have them on lots of different days, either at Chiverton or Carn Brea.
She now knows ‘Sit’, ‘Down’, ‘Wait’, ‘Stand’, and is gradually getting better at walking on the lead without pulling and coming when called. Of course, most of these are only possible with a handful of treats, but hey, she’s still young!
I believe she’s lost most of her baby teeth now. Over the past three weeks we’ve had lots of bleeding gums on her toys, chewing on everything, and teeth appearing everywhere, but they should have mostly all come out now.
We’ve been working on a daily routine for her, too, as N was finding it difficult getting work done with Pepper on the rampage around the house. She now sleeps in her crate between 11am and 1pm, and 2:30pm and 4:30pm, allowing N to power through his work before I come home and take her out for a walk. So far, it’s working out much better than randomly putting her to bed when she seems tired!
If it seems as though I’m talking like I have a toddler, please don’t judge me! Having a puppy is ridiculously hard work, and certainly much more effort than we originally thought. It isn’t just about us being weird dog-parents; she honestly does require schedules like this, or else our brains would be mush trying to stop her from destroying the house!
Anyway, other than her constant desire to chew and mess up the sofa and garden, I love her very much and am thoroughly enjoying all the good bits such as runs on the beach, evening cuddles, and super-excited greetings when I get home from work!
If you have any puppy/dog experiences or tips, I’d love to hear them!