Bloody hell! Times flown by again and I haven't updated all our fans :-p about Jax's progress! Well, Liz has been in the states and Steve's been busy writing the Lesvos 2010 bird report in his spare time as well as looking after Jax and 91-yr old mother in law, Elsie.
Well, there he is above on a walk along one of our local fen drains with Steve. We have water all around us but at 16 weeks Jax hasn't yet shown any interest in going in. I don't blame him, its freezing!
If we're lucky, we might get this after a walk and some play! - but it doesn't happen often yet.
Jax is now going to weekly 1-hr sessions with Five Jays at Coates (general doggy classes for all ages) and started a Talking Dogs 6-wk puppy class. He's been to three Five Jays and two Talking Dogs sessions and is coming on great. He's still very nervous with other dogs, but by the end of each class he's almost being social! At Talking Dogs he's one of five pups along with Kissy (Cocker), Stanley (Cocker), Alfie (Golden Retriever) and Betty Boo (Boston Terrier). I think Alfie is the only one younger than Jax. He clearly faces the little fleece jacket off Betty Boo's back, but he's scared stiff of her! She wants to say hello and he just runs away. Alfie's quick to take advantage though being the 'daddy' of the class and muscles in! Jax is gonna have to learn soon else he's going to miss out on socialising with these lovely pups. They're all happy tangling their owners up around one another whilst playing, whilst Jax just looks on. I think he progresses more each Five Jays class for socialising as he's the youngest and although there are a couple of smaller dogs, most are much larger and not just wanting to play.
Talking Dogs introduced us to clicker training and this is helping to reinforce a few things with him and he seems to respond very well to it. On the whole he's very well behaved for a pup. he's sitting on command (from anyone), lies down when Steve asks him to, comes back when called (well, most of the time!, he's OK with fetch (but it depends what you throw - throw something he isn't used to fetching and no can do), is getting the hang of 'leave' and understands the 'off' command when he's on the sofa. He's started pulling on his lead at times and this is something we're working on each day and he's getting a wee bit better. He's off lead most of the time when out walking and so far no problems - apart from too many burrs!
This has got much, much better. When he greets us in a morning he now does so with a chew toy and nipping/biting is now becoming restricted to when he needs to go out to toilet. So all going well here.
Burrs and bits
Ah well, we live with em I guess. He does actually manage to get an awful lot out himself if left to it.
Chews, treats and food
Orijen still going OK, mixed with Burns Mini Bites and now James Wellbeloved Puppy (came free from Talking Dogs so using it mixed with Orijen). All OK.
Training treats - natures:menu rules OK! We're getting through bags of them though, but I've found cutting them in half is still working fine. If I was being really tight I could probably cut them into three!
General treats and chews - he's just about eating his way through the cheaper thigns we bought early on, but he loves the odd big treat now he's older including tripe sticks, pork sticks, beef sausage and hot dogs. We've got him some pigs ears too and a few other bits which he hasn't got round to trying yet. He doesn't turn his nose up to much!
He enjoys a slice of apple or pear most days and if he's in the mood he'll eat some carrot. I found a pile along one of the drove sides the other day (carrots and onions literally fall of the back of lorries around here) and these are in the freezer for him to crunch to help his teething.
Jax gets chipped
Well, I popped in to the vets this morning as I was passing to arrange an appointment to have him chipped and they did him there and then. Great stuff! He barely flinched and enjoyed all the fussing.
Putting on weight
At the vets I discovered our scales aren't that accurate as I made him 10kg on Sat but the vet weighed him at 9.4kg this morning.
At 16 weeks his coat is now getting very shaggy and long and we're thinking about getting him clipped in the next month before his adult coat starts to come through (from 5-6 months so I;ve read). We'll just get this frost period out of the way and then get it done.
Liz comes home
It was difficult to tell if he missed Liz whilst she was away, but he certainly went berserk when she came home on Saturday evening! So lets say he did! unfortunately I think all the excitement threw him as he soiled his pen badly overnight and again on the wood floor (thankfully) on Sun morning and then didn't go again until this morning. All sorted now though.
That's all folks! More soon I hope!