What’s your name?

The pups have been settling into their new homes and the new owners have been having lots of fun with their babies!  But there are challenges too – particularly if you haven’t had a dog before, or haven’t had a puppy before.  They are just like babies 🙂

I remember my mum telling me that there are only two words a puppy needs to know: its name and ‘no’.  We’ve come on a bit since then and do try to be more positive with our training, but these are still two important words.

How often should you use the puppy’s name?

13524525_10157081697210635_1337877468031326552_nIf you spend all day long saying Charlie, Charlie, Charlie, then it shouldn’t be a surprise if Charlie switches off, should it?  But if you say ‘Ebbie come’ and wait a moment, she’ll probably come, won’t she?  Well especially if you give lovely cuddles and have a bit of sausage!

Puppies, just like children, need repetition, but they also need stimulation.  If they are just left to their own devices, they will make mischief 😉  So the important thing at this early stage is to use the puppy’s name, but with interest and excitement, and not ALL the time.

I'm so good, really
I’m so good, really

It’s a slow process, but hopefully, with patience and perseverance, your puppy will soon know their name and even come when you call!

Week 8 – Going, going, gone

Away They Go!

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They had lots more play together
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Hey Thornton, what’s up there?
Bags packed
Bags packed
Last nap with their siblings
Last nap with their siblings
Bye Ebbie
Bye Ebbie
Bye Beck
Bye Beck
Bye Charlie
Bye Charlie
Bye Victor
Bye Victor
Bye Thornton
Bye Thornton

Can you see five very happy new owners?  Can you see five loving homes?  It is hard sending them off and I will miss them, but I think this is the best job in the world; raising beautiful border collies, bred for better temperament and health. I wish I could have more puppies, but I put my heart and soul into giving them the best possible start in life and it is hard work.

The new adventure begins!
The new adventure begins!

Pupdates: “Beck settling in very nicely. Happy in her cage, business outside, seems really happy and playing nicely with the boys. You have prepared her well and she is delightful.”

“Ebbie has had a very busy day, we visited my dad, my sister and niece and now she has fallen asleep on the floor in the front of the TV whilst watching the Football with Rose and I. She loves classical music and have found that this relaxes her instantly, she despises car journeys, but wait for it………whines to go outside and then goes to toilet every single time – wow! I’m sure it’s not meant to be this easy, but it’s testament to you and your hard work Penny. She is absolutely beautiful love her to bits.”

Wishing them all lots of love and happiness in their new homes. x

Week 7 – Causing Mayhem!

Seven-week-old Border Collie puppies are full on!  They need to come out and about and be part of ‘normal family life’.

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“Rescue me please mum?” says Busy.
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Helping with shoelaces
pulling tails
pulling tails
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“What are you doing up there? Can we join in?”
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“I’m sure I can get up there” says Thornton
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And she’s off! Ebbie tearing around on the grass
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Lots of visitors means lots of attention for the girls
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Dentbros Echo Romeo – Thornton
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Dentbros Kilo Juliet – Ebbie
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Dentbros Foxtrot Lima – Beck
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Dentbros Charlie Bravo – Charlie Brown
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Dentbros Victor Tango – Victor
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And relax (for a little while)

Week 6 – Playtime!

Here comes the sun, and here come the puppies!

IMG_0056At six weeks of age, the pups are robust, energetic and playful.  They are now spending lots of time in the garden, running about.IMG_9986Their owners have been visiting again and getting to know their puppies..IMG_0002 IMG_0020It’s been great to see those relationships forming, that’s what makes it so special for me. IMG_0026We have had lots of other visitors, so they have received plenty of cuddles.   I do love having children round to play.

IMG_0048Although sometimes they struggle to take the puppy off their parents!

IMG_0050We tried to take a ‘family photo’ at the weekend – even with four of us it was rather a challenge!IMG_0046They do really love a cuddle though.IMG_0052And then they go back to sleep once again and all is quiet, for a little while…IMG_9998I would like to say a big thank you to all the friends and family who have visited and helped to make these puppies the confident, outgoing, people friendly dogs they will become.  We are now pretty booked up for the remaining two weeks.