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  • New Puppy

    We had quite forgotten just how much time a new puppy can steal from you. Introducing Ozzy McDougal who arrived with us on the 9th October which yes is only 4 days ago! Ozzy_at_kennels Ozzy was born on the 11th August and will be 9 weeks old tomorrow he is a cairn terrier and is quite dark in colour but as we know Cairn's can change colour dramatically so we think he will stay dark with a bit of red. His mum was dark and his dad a red both lovely dogs. So he is installed in the household and already making his presence felt, he has a crate in the kitchen where he sleeps at night and generally after about 5 -10 minutes of howling he settles down for the night. We are obviously in the middle of house training and with the assistance of puppy pads ( these did not exist 15 years ago when we had Dougal) we have so far only had one major accident on the carpet. The thing that I had forgotten is just how much you have to watch a new puppy like a hawk, having had an older dog for so many years I had to totally puppy proof the whole house. So plants that he could chew have been moved, toys that were long forgotten by Dougal have had a new lease of life. Cats bowls have to be moved immediately as Ozzy loves the taste of stinky cat food. The house is looking a lot more tidy apart from the puppy toys, news papers and puppy pads all over the place. I was reminded just how much having a puppy is like having a small unruly toddler who demands attention all the time. So the last few days have been spend letting him settle in, now we need to get him into a routine so that I have a chance to get back to being able to do some work. So here is the routine:-

    • Wake up - go outside for a pee and a poo hopefully
    • Have breakfast
    • Play time for 20 minutes
    • Go outside for a pee and a poo hopefully
    • Go into little satchel bag and go for a 'walk' with Dougal
    • Come home have a sleep for about an hour
    • Have lunch + play time for 20 minutes
    • Go outside for a pee and a poo hopefully
    • Have a sleep for about an hour
    • Have afternoon snack
    • Play time for about 20 minutes
    • Watch while we prepare dinner
    • Sleep until dinner
    • Have dinner
    • Play time for about an hour
    • Go outside for a pee and a poo hopefully
    • Sleep/Play/Poo until bedtime
    • Howl for 10 minutes
    • Sleep

    Get up and do it all over again Ozzy has a a little play pen that he spends some time in, this is a great idea as he can be with us but not getting into everything and getting under foot. He will be going to a puppy party for one hour over the next three weeks to help him socialise with other dogs. He will be able to go for walks outside from the 2nd November after he has had all of his vaccinations so hopefully he will be able to walk off some of his excess energy. He is a total joy and greets each new experience with wonder, he has already given us hours of pleasure with his cute little bear like face, his tiny bark and big howl and of course the way he want's to copy Dougal and be a big dog. A new puppy is a wonderful thing and little Ozzy is everything we could have wished for and more. We will have more tales of how Ozzy is getting on in his new world soon, now where did I leave that mop!

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