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Saffi will now sit, turn and go up on her back feet on command. ‘Up’ wasn’t intentional but she did it and to prevent it from happening frequently I decided to make it a command :p. We also ask her to sit before we feed her and before we give her a toy. We’ve been working on her recall in the garden to get her away from the poor bedraggled bush and I’m having a lot more success !

She now LOVES her toys but because we think she may be possessive we’ve been working on ‘drop’ which so far is going well. I’ve also been offering her treats when she is eating so that she doesn’t become possessive about her food bowl. Her tail keeps wagging so think she's coping with this just fine.

We have put her lead on a couple of times but she picks it up and carries it to her crate with a wagging tail and I don’t want to start a tug of war so rather than try to take it out of her mouth I’ve been distracting her with toys .

We had an accident free day yesterday but an accident this morning. She is averaging one accident a day . She has started going to the back door when she wants to go out. She no longer has a funny tummy which is making things MUCH easier - and she was clean through the night last night (proud Mummy moment).

She no longer cries in her crate at night and we’ve been working on her being in her crate by herself during the day. She cries for about 3-5 minutes and then settles down. Once she is quiet I go down and let her out. Second time I left her for a further five minutes. Tonight I’ll do it again for a further five minutes. Does this sound ok?

She is still so affectionate :hug: and only nips when she is tired and irritable – when she nips we put her in her crate and she crashes out immediately.

She is very independent and so I imagine we’ll have to work doubly hard on recall but we do like the fact that she’s content to play by herself. Also, Marcus and I went to a wedding on Saturday - I thought I'd have a terrible time but because she loves my parents so much I actually had a great time and didn't worry at all. We returned home and they said she'd been delightful - my Dad didn't want to give her back :eek:!

She’s been on the bus, to Pets at Home (sniffed noses with another puppy being carried and was fine!), in the car loads, to the vets, to my parents’ house, to my sister’s house etc. LOTS of socialisation. She’s also had a bath and blow dry (didn’t talk to me for about 20 minutes then ran outside and rolled in the mud!) She is now wearing her collar and hated it initially but now seems to have accepted it.

Two horrible things that have happened:

- She was playing football with Marcus (will have to post the video – it’s brilliant!) and I rolled the ball along the ground for her to chase and she ran in front of the ball and got clipped on the ear. She screamed for about 40 seconds. My heart was in my mouth!!! Checked her over afterwards and she seemed fine… just a bit shocked.

- I was walking home with her and she was wiggling so much she jumped free of my hands. She landed with a thump on the ground and again, ear-piercing screaming. I got her home, washed her feet and mouth and again, she was fine. We didn’t come to the Surrey meet on Sunday because I knew I wouldn’t be able to hold her for that long – she’s just desperate to get on the ground! We went to Pets at Home and bought her a padded harness so I have something to hold on to in case she jumps again.

We’re loving having a puppy and think we’ve got everything in hand (we haven’t looked at the spread sheets I did once :rolleyes:) but the only thing that is upsetting us is that she chases one of our cats Bluebell. She wouldn’t dare with our big boy Zulu but Bluebell is obviously so nervous around Saffi and Saffi is just so excited. What would you suggest?

P.S. Have attached two images - one waiting in the car whilst Marcus did the food shopping
 

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Hi Turi I can't suggest anything about your cat but everything else seems spot on! The extra 5 minutes each day in her crate is great. That's the one thing I didn't do and I just did it straight off for an hour from the day I had to go out but he eventually got used to it! It's feels so good when you start getting a clean crate too - definitely like a proud mother when you baby goes through the night - but MUCH quicker!!

Little accidents will happen, especially the amount of times he's got under our feet and squealed!! I dropped him once too as he got twisted in his lead no the way down but thankfully it was on soft ground.

Love your pics - she's getting fluffier now and it sounds like she's a bundle of fun!

Hope to see you at the 'meet'! xx
 

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Hi Turi,

Sounds like your having a busy week but fun week!! :D

We used to have 5 cats (all now departed), Bluebell will probably jump up out of Saffi's reach if she has enough of her - or if feisty enough may give her a quick swipe!!

If its any consolation its the same with toddling babies and cats!!! :D
 

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Good old Saffi, really settling down well. Seems very contented.

Does she follow you around the house, wanting to be in the same room as you. If so, when you get to taking her outside, I think you'll do well getting her off lead straight away. Are you planning this.?
 

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Great update Turi, sounds like it's all going really well :) I can't help with the chasing cats I'm afraid but I'm sure a cat/cockapoo owner will help out soon enough. I like her pink padded harness. Is that for the car too?
 

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Calli, she has received a couple of swipes from Zulu and that is why she’s more cautious around him. If only we could talk to the cats and say, ‘it’s ok, she only wants to play!’

Julie, she does follow us around the house most of the time. Not when she’s playing with a squeaky toy in her crate though. When we go out we intend to take her to an enclosed park and hide from her asap!

Thanks Claire – we think she’s doing very well too. Yes, the harness will be for the car too as we have a clip on belt. Yet to try it out though! We’re going to a friend’s tonight so she can meet their boxer. We should try it then. It’ll be the first doggie she meets! So excited!

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Thank you – yes, she is settling in well!

Today is our first day back at work (my Aunt is at home with her) and I’m practically keeping my eyes open with match sticks lol! It has been quite nice to have a break – is that terrible?

I don’t think I have the puppy blues (well, maybe a bit – I’ve been a bit poorly too :() but having not had children I must admit this week has been hard work! I wouldn’t change it for the world though, she's just gorgeous.
 

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Ah Turi it sounds like you are doing amazingly with her. What a cutie. I think the squealing they do when they are hurt is very exaggerated. Nacho will cry for a good few minutes if I stand on him - frequently happens - he's my little dog shaped shadow. I ran over him with my wheely chair at work the other day - straight over the tail. My colleague came rushing in as he thought i was attempting murder on Nacho. He really goes for it and it's all for the cuddles and guilty kisses afterwards i think - so clever!

In terms of Bluebell, hopefully it will settle down - I think they just like the chase. If Bluebell held her ground and gave Saffi a 'i'm the boss of you swipe', i'm sure she would learn. I suppose it'll just be a case of running its course and hopefully it will settle.

You and Marcus are doing amazingly! You should be proud parents. xxx
 

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I agree Suzie – now that she knows her screams are the only thing I’ll react to it has happened at random moments. She knocked her leg against her crate and did a little yelp and I caught her looking at me to see if she was looking… little madam!

Thank you for the encouragement… we’re tired proud parents at the moment…!

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Ah Turi - I am feeling so tired today as well - nothing to do with Biscuit - just busy family life so you are not the only one who could close their eyes! I've also got the last puppy training class tonight and then friends are coming round for Book Club - yawn yawn!!
 

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Turi,

Sounds like you are doing an amazing job. Can't give you any advice on the cats I'm afraid. Tried to get Rufus to meet my parents cat but she just runs up the stairs as soon as she hears any dog :(.


We went to Paris for the weekend and left Rufus with my Mother in Law, the first night all we did was talk about the pup (we both said god what have we turned into )! We were so excited to come home yesterday and have the afternoon with him and then we got stuck on the Eurostar for 11 hours :mad:. By the time we got home it was midnight, he was so excited to see us , it was so lovely. My mother in law has a dog and has had them for 25 years but not a puppy for a very long time. She said she loved having him but she had completely forgotten how hard work puppies were!

Enjoy Saffi x x
 
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