I should have got round to this before, but having a litter of  puppies means that things are fairly hectic and after they go to their new homes, it takes time to get back to some semblance of normality.  Anyway, I would like to introduce you to our new puppy – Anya.

Anya is now three months old.  It is my intention to follow her in this blog as she grows up and eventually gets introduced to the garden.  As you can guess, it is pretty hard to get a young puppy to keep still for a photo, but she managed it for a second.

At the moment her outdoor excursions in the garden are restricted to the puppy playpen.  There is no way that I would leave her loose in the garden.  There are far too many places where she could hide and maybe cause mischief.

The main lessons that she is currently focusing on can be divided into two very broad categories, socialisation and training.  These lessons will be subjects for future blogs.

Socialisation is a very important one.  In these early days, puppies get the foundation ideas about how they see the world, so it is important to introduce them to a wide variety of experiences without “over-facing” them.

Vaccination programmes these days meant that Anya was able to go out into the outside world at 10 weeks.  This meant that there was less time than in the past to keep her occupied with new experiences at home and her education could start earlier.

The puppies introduction to the world started with visitors after Christmas.  Now at seven weeks old,  we increased their exposure to new things by having workmen in the house drilling and banging around.

Well finally, the two topics of this blog come together – the puppies have experienced the outside world, ie the garden.   The playpen is now a feature of the garden for the next few months.  Thank goodness we designed the patio area with this in mind and the pen is very close to the house making it easy to transport the pups between the two locations.

Obviously they aren’t outside for long and they spend most of their time in their indoor pen, but they are starting to learn that we would prefer it if they went to the loo outside.  This is fairly natural behaviour as naturally they don’t want to soil their sleeping area – but it is necessary to help this natural instinct.  When they wake up, the first thought is to go to the toilet – it is therefore important that they are put outside as soon as they wake up.   They probably go outside about six to eight times a day.  The good news is that this hard work is paying off and we hardly ever have a poo indoors.  There have also been occasions when the pups have made some noise and when taken outside have promptly made good use of the facilities, so the message certainly seems to be getting through.

As time goes by (and the weather improves) the puppy we keep will spend much more time in the garden, and no doubt give me much more to blog about :).

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