It’s been a little while since I’ve written an update so thought I would share some of the latest pictures and adventures we’ve had with Charlie.
He is 5 months now, I can’t quite believe we have had him for 3 months. My husband says it still feels like we’ve borrowed him, but I can’t imagine our home without our little Charlie dog in it now!
I took Charlie for his puppy check with the veterinary nurse last week and he is 9.7kg. I’m really not sure how much he is likely to weigh fully grown, if anyone has a working cocker please let me know. I’ve done a few google searches but it seems he could be anything from 12kg to 20kg! This is difficult when working out how much to feed him, as the guidelines go on their adult weight… how are you supposed to know this now?!
Since he has come off his prescription diet he seems very happy with his current puppy food, plus the extra treat every now and again. He is very active and we are strict with weighing out his food every day so he seems to be ok with having treats at the moment. His absolute favourite are pigs ears. They keep him occupied for ages and he goes mad for them!
We’ve really settled into a proper routine, which took a little while after all the excitement of Christmas and then our week away in January. I take Charlie every day to the woods nearby. I know I’ve said it before but I love it there! I can let Charlie off the lead (he is so much better off the lead than on it, I really need to do some proper lead training with him – as usual, your tips are greatly appreciated on this one). There are lots of other people walking their dogs there, so Charlie gets lots of socialisation and interaction. Lots of other dog owners comment on how nice Charlie is with other dogs and how well socialised he is, which make me feel very proud. I feel like I’m actually doing something right!
We do seem to be having a bit of a battle as to who is top dog though. When my husband isn’t around Charlie seems to think it is him! I think he is getting to the age where he wants to be dominant, but he only seems to do it with me. As I mentioned before, Charlie is great with other dogs, and when there are other people around he is pretty well behaved, but when he is on his own with me he jumps up on the sofa (not allowed), jumps up at me and tries to bite my feet. Has anyone else experienced this? Any recommendations on what I can do to try and stop it?