This post is a month overdue (naughty me!) but I still wanted to post it so I can look back and remember when our little pup had her first birthday. (26th October in case you were wondering…)Lil now has a year of puppyhood under her belt and she’s very much in her adolescent stage. Cue, being a little terror! If I had to pick three words to describe Lil they would be cheeky, mischievous and inquisitive. I can’t help but smile at her playfulness and sheer determination (…to do her own thing!) It was trying at first but you have to respect her tenacity (and she does have jack russell in her.)Her cheekiness is actually something I love about her and she has the loveliest nature… a bit clueless (at times!) very friendly and completely full of beans. It’s hard to wear this dog out! On a recent run through the woods, fields, around the park (where she played with lots of dogs) and back around we met a couple with a mastiff and they beamed at me ‘doesn’t she have a lot of energy!’ This was at the end of our double digit mile run!In terms of training we still have a way to go but she’s come on really well. In my naivety of getting a puppy I thought a 6 week training course sounded great. 10 months later and I’ve come to the realisation that the training is something that never stops and having two dogs makes it even more important. We still take both dogs every Sunday to an outdoors training club and it’s become a part of our weekly routine. Lil has got so much better with cars and now looks at me when she feels frightened by a loud car (as opposed to trying to bite and chase after it) She’s learning to control her excitement a bit and I can mostly get her attention back when she gets very excited (this can be tricky as she’s a barker!) It’s still something I need to keep working on as this is the trigger for Elsie to feel anxious…it’s all fun and games! Lil is amazing at retrieving, we have a prey dummy that you fill with food and hide and she goes off and finds it bringing it back for the food reward. She loves her food which is good when it comes to training without it I think we’d be in trouble!
Happy 1st birthday Lilly. You are the cheekiest, loveliest little pup :)