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Offline bmthmark

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Puppy update
« on: August 09, 2017, 02:55:07 PM »
I can't believe how quick time flies. So thought I would update you lovely people on our progress.

Last December we welcomed a lovely 10 week old cocker spaniel to join our family  :luv:.

We named him Jett and this was him when we got him:



As you can see he is absolutely gorgeous and everyone who met him instantly fell in love with him.
Over the Christmas period (luckily I had lots of time off work) I spent all days and nights with him and we really did get that special bond.
I was literally a walking zombie at times as I really wanted to get the house training sorted asap, so I was up pretty much every other hour teaching him where to go etc.
That was probably the toughest time and I must admit I was not prepared for it, I thought I was but I really wasn't. I have young children but having a puppy is much harder.
Unfortunately due to tiredness and me being grumpy I really did think to myself what have I let myself in for, how will I ever cope with this and full time work. But with help from my wife and kids we battled through the hard times.

Like any new puppy we had lots of problems:
Not sleeping at night
Destroying every toy in sight
Chasing the cat
Stealing socks
Eats tissues
He had a week of eating wallpaper!!
Running off on a walk!
Pooing on my mothers brand new rug!  :005:
Destroying the garden
Digging the brand new carpet (I know I was mad to get new carpet)
Pulling on the lead


However with all the faults and issues we have had, after 10 months I finally can see what a wonderful cocker spaniel we have  :D. No matter what mood we are in, he will always welcome us home with his whole body wagging  :luv:. He is follows me everywhere and most of the time will do as he is told. He does have his moments but everything he does is harmless and he just likes to have fun (he is a puppy after all).

He now sleeps through completely through the night 10pm until 7am, he still destroys toys (he is a puppy), he loves the cat and is very gentle with him (the cat may think different), he still steals socks (he just loves them), he has stopped eatting tissues and has not destroyed anymore wall paper, he sticks by me on walks, he has not had any toilet accidents for probably 4 months now and he has a bell by the back door that he knocks when he wants to go, he has destroyed most of the garden so nothing left to destroy, he has not dug at the carpet again. Finally we are still in lead training which is a very slow process but he will get there  >:D.

So my message to all the people out there with new puppies is, I know you are probably going through a tough time but stick with it be strong and firm and all will work out fine. Definitely get your puppy in to puppy classes as its a great start for them.
Every morning I spend 20 minutes with him doing training which he absolutely loves, his head pops up when I say the word 'Training' as he knows fun and treats are about to arrive. When I say training its only basic stuff like find, sitting, waiting, down, fetch etc and we always end with him giving paw to me. The reason for me doing this is because I want to keep reminding him the commands as its easy for both of us to forget them.
I also take him gun dog training every 2 weeks but this is only mainly for obedience. I'm not actually going to 'work' him. He is doing really well at the training, he can stay for 2 minutes (whilst I walk away) and is very good at finding the dummies and bringing them back to me, just trying to work on him holding on to them for a bit longer. He does have his moments as he loves playing with the other dogs but this is all part of his learning/growing and I think socialising him with other dogs is key.


This is Jett now  :D:



Oh and just to prove Jett gets on with the cat. Jett gave up his bed for his best mate  :005::



Thank you to all the advice given to me on this forum, i'm not sure I would of been able to do it without your help - thank you.




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Re: Puppy update
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2017, 04:38:36 PM »
He's grown I to a beautiful boy, what a lovely update. He sounds like a real pal now, happy days  :D :luv:

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Re: Puppy update
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2017, 05:24:21 PM »
Oh my he is so gorgeous :luv:
Lovely update for everyone


P.S Ollie is 9 year sold and never misses a trick where socks are concerned :005:
Cocker kisses and cuddles just make my day!


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Re: Puppy update
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2017, 06:07:44 PM »
He is the absolute spitting image of Henry! People often tell me they don't think Henry is pure bred because of his long, elegant snout, but Jett looks just the same. They even share the sideways sleeping - we call that being 'jellies up' because of his jelly-bean paw pads.

I think this is a fabulous update for people just setting out on the puppy journey. I certainly found it harder than having young children, but no one believed me! The upside is that they come to adulthood so much sooner!
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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2017, 07:39:53 PM »
Lovely update, thanks so much for posting and reassuring any current puppy owners that indeed there IS a light at the  end of the tunnel!! Jett is a beautiful boy (and I just LOVE his house!! ;) )

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Re: Puppy update
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2017, 07:50:53 PM »
Thank you everyone.

I remember when I first got jett, I read these forums all the time and I may not of posted much at first. But I felt just by reading other people's experiences helped me through the difficult times.
I'm hoping people with new pups read this and can see it's definitely worth it in the end. Most of all enjoy your time with your puppy.

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« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2017, 07:54:25 PM »
Lovely update, thanks so much for posting and reassuring any current puppy owners that indeed there IS a light at the  end of the tunnel!! Jett is a beautiful boy (and I just LOVE his house!! ;) )

Thank you.
The house I built and it was an expensive pain as I should of just bought a pre made one. But I thought it would be fun to try and build my own. It definitely would of been cheaper to buy one  :lol2:

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« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2017, 09:02:33 PM »
Lovely update, thanks so much for posting and reassuring any current puppy owners that indeed there IS a light at the  end of the tunnel!! Jett is a beautiful boy (and I just LOVE his house!! ;) )

Thank you.
The house I built and it was an expensive pain as I should of just bought a pre made one. But I thought it would be fun to try and build my own. It definitely would of been cheaper to buy one  :lol2:

I'm sure Jett appreciates it! ;) Well done!

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Re: Puppy update
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2017, 08:07:18 AM »
Lovely update and Jett is such a handsome boy!  :luv:

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« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2017, 10:35:07 AM »
Lovely update and Jett is such a handsome boy!  :luv:

Thank you. We are very lucky to have him

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Re: Puppy update
« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2017, 07:34:02 PM »
What a lovely post, Jett is very handsome & by the sounds of it very lucky to have such a great owner.

I am about to embark on the puppy merry go round! Micah will be coming to live with myself & my two Golden Retrievers next Sunday. I've had an ECS many years ago & since then 2 ACS's so I'm well versed in puppyhood but I believe (not experienced it)  it's like childbirth & you forget just how exhausting it can be......your post has just brought it all flooding back!
I have to say my past Cockers as pups haven't been as bad as my youngest Golden was, he's now 2 but he was exhausting, draining, exasperating, definitely challenging as I had to come up with different ways to train as my usual tried & tested methods failed dreadfully. I adore Alby but he was hard work & he nearly broke me. He could not be more different to my older Golden who is 3 1/2. Alby is like a bulldozer, funny & loving. Logan is sweet & gentle and has so much love for everyone.

I spent a lot of time on this forum when I got my first ECS and learnt so much from here. I'm back for second time around, I'm sure I'll be needing some advice!

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Re: Puppy update
« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2017, 03:57:30 PM »
Thank you for this post!
We are going through it at the moment with a 10 week old puppy and it really helps to hear from people who have come out the other side!!!!!!  :blink: