Well I can’t believe we’ve had Charlie a week now! In some ways it seems to have flown by and in others I can’t remember what it was like without him!
We’ve had our ups and downs, getting frustrated with toilet training, more with ourselves than Charlie, trying to control his nipping and chewing, eating stones, chewing his lead when we’ve tried it on him… But then gorgeous cuddles, playing in the garden, him knowing his name and teaching him to sit, it’s definitely been eventful!
I have to admit it’s been a lot more demanding than I ever imagined. I knew it would be hard work, but I think I’m putting too much pressure on myself to try and be perfect, to have the perfectly trained dog immediately. I know it’s not realistic but I guess I’m learning a lot about myself as well as the puppy!
We took him to the vets yesterday for his first check up with the veterinary nurse. He’s all healthy apart from the fact he has ear mites. This would explain why he is always scratching them. The vet has given us some drops to put in twice a day, which means pinning him which he hates but then we have to massage it in which he loves! At the moment his head looks very greasy, like a teenager, no soft fluffy puppy now!
I was a bit upset finding out he had the ear mites as I just really feel for him. It must be so irritating poor little pup! But hopefully they will be cleared up soon and he can give his ears a little rest.
Today we’re going to take him to a big open field literally 30 seconds from our house for a run around. This will be the first time he has been out of the garden so will be interesting! When we’ve tried to put his lead on him in the house or garden he just chews it trying to get it off, but I’ve read that it may be different when we take him out somewhere new so fingers crossed for that! He always sticks by us and comes when we call so should be able to let him off there too. Our breeder advised us to always let him off where possible when he is a puppy as he won’t go far from us now, apparently it’s the best time to teach him how far he can go before he has to come back to us!