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Puppy training

Labrador puppy training so far.

Rosie, our beautiful golden coloured pupster.

This little girl was born June 16th, 2017 and came to live with us Knights Friday the 18th of August at 9 weeks old. We have had her for 5 amazing days and I am not going to lie it is tiring.

She has settled into our madhouse so well with no crying at all in this short space of time and I am relieved she didn’t cry it would have broken my heart. I already felt bad taking her away from her mummy, daddy, sisters and brothers.

My oldest son Leo never got to see Rosie when we went to choose her so the first time he saw her was when we picked her up and his face was pure love, I have a photograph 🙂

He has always wanted a puppy dog so me and my partner started secretly looking online.

Leo has Cerebral Palsy and requires daily physiotherapy and we thought it would be a great idea for him to have a therapy dog to take out on walkies and keep him as active as we can. Leo also agreed on poop duties can you believe haha.

So day 1 we let Rosie settle in and we all decided on her name which is Rosie or Duchess Rosie may according to Lyddy.

Day 2, My partner had spent the evening of day1 online, researching how to train Labrador puppies and what we would need for successful training. He and our daughter Lyd went to pets at home and the range and brought dog toys and treats and a puppy pen. puppies can only hold their bladder for 90 minutes at 8-9 weeks so we decided we would first take her out every 30 minutes into the garden and say ‘make wee’. we knew she wasn’t instantly going to know what to do so we waited around until she did one and made a big fuss of her and gave her boiled chicken as a treat every time she did it.

The haul (her favourite toy is the fox)

Of course she still had accidents in the house, its only day 2, she’s still a baby and it’s going to happen but when we saw she was sniffing around we picked her up and ran her either to a puppy pad or outside, whichever we got to first and If she had a wee wee or poo poo we made another fuss of her and gave her a little treat.

We persevered with this consistently all day and introduced the puppy pen which is big enough for her bed, toys, a puppy pad at the furthest end of her bed, food and water.

We also brought a large dog crate and kept her in there for an hour or until she started to whinge at the gate but didn’t just put her in there we made it so she wanted to go in by putting treats inside and praising her when she went in and getting her to come out and play. we didn’t want her to feel we was just shutting her in there.

After an hour we would take her outside without boiled chicken or treats and lead her to the grass and say ‘make wee’ and if she did we would again give her chicken or kibble and praise her, Same with poo poo’s.

Then she would play in the room for a good 20 minutes and this was also training time which is very repetitive.

The first and 2nd night my partner slept on the sofa to keep her company with a radio on low as that is what she was used to before.

On the 3rd night, we put her crate upstairs and faced it towards the bathroom door where a little bit of light Shon through from under the door. She slept through from 1030pm until 2.30am where I heard her fart and then poo splat out. I woke up thinking Shit! (literally lol) there is no puppy pad in there and my alarm was set for 3 am to take her to the puppy pad.

Anyway, there was smelly poo all over her bed, blankets and legs which was making me gag so I tried my best to clear her up and took her poo poo bed out and put it in the shower to hose down later. she went straight back to sleep and then my 3-year old woke up GRRR.

In the morning David (my partner) took her downstairs at 6am and let her out and feed her.

Day 4 after continuing consistently with the poo and wee routine and training things were looking up, she now is holding her wee longer and then going outside straight away to do her wee and poo followed by her treats and over the top praising.

We taught her how to sit on day 2 she took to it so easy and was just doing it everytime she had her 20-25minutes playtime out of the crate/puppy pen. I had a appointment day 4 and David was back at work so it was the first time Rosie was being left alone. we moved the crate to the kitchen and left the door open with her food and water left out along with her toys and puppy pads we didn’t just leave her we closed the door at first for 5 minutes and sat the other side to see how she would react and then went back in there and gave her a treat. then he waited a bit longer and then went back in until we felt confident she was going to be ok. I wasn’t gone long at all and she did great. wees and a poop on the pad.

We have also taught her now to sit, stay and wait as we walked back a little and then called her over for chicken.

Last night she slept in her puppy pen in the living room with the radio on low and she didn’t cry, we keep her active an hour before bed playing which tires her out.

Day 5 today and she has nailed the toilet training she is holding her bladder longer and she is pooping and weeing outside or going to her pad when I am in the kitchen or upstairs.

She has also learnt to sit and then lay down today.

so far so good 🙂

Astonishing

Astonish Grease buster

Why I love astonish grease buster and I love to clean so much, I find it therapeutic.

When my house is a mess, I feel like my head is a mess and I get really moody and irritated. But when my house is tidy, clean and organised my head feels amazing I feel so cleansed and organised and it just makes me feel damn good!

I have been buying even more cleaning products recently and my latest purchase was the Astonish grease buster 99p from QD, it is no doubt AMAZING! I used it today to clean my cooker and all you need to do is give whatever you are cleaning a few sprays, wait a minute and then it wipes off with hot soapy water just look at this result below.

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Astonish do a huge range of cleaning products and I am a total addict to buying their products, there are so many different products from floor cleaners, Limescale removers, mould and mildew, daily shower shine, HANDSOAP and they even do car care.

If you haven’t tried it then you are definitely missing out. It’s cheap, It works, it’s vegan-friendly and cruelty-free which is a huge selling point for a massive part of our population.

I honestly love this product and I do not feel bad at all that my cupboard under the sink is ram jam full of it If I had it my way I would have more cupboards filled with it but unfortunately there has to be a line drawn somewhere and I do not need the amout of cleaning products I have. At least if there was an apocalypse or something my house would be spotless.

 

*Astonish grease buster was purchased and reviewed by myself and is not endorsed by Astonish.

We’re getting a puppy

Our new puppy

Now we are finished having babies we decided now is a perfect time to introduce a new pet into our family home, so we decided on a little labrador puppy so the children could grow up with her and we had read about their good temperament around children.

We found the most beautiful little Labrador pup which we are picking up very soon and I am so excited but panicking as I am not a very outdoorsy person and I don’t like the smell of poo nor do I like pet hair so what the hell am I doing! Luckily I have my trusty Dyson which I use 3 times a day so I am really relying on that bad boy.

I originally only wanted a smaller dog to get me out the house as I am a hermit but my god when I met this little one I fell in love and just had to have her, not even thinking about how big she will grow or how smelly her poo would be.

I am now searching the net for any hints, tips and puppy training, so any advice people can give me will be gratefully received, please.

Here is our little Duchess Rosie May but Rosie for short. (Lydia added the may part on).

Isn’t she just the cutest little puppy in the world. I think to myself what the hell am I getting myself in to and the commitment needed for a pet but then her cuteness takes over me and I think I dont care I want her and I will do everything and anything to make sure she is happy with us, even if that means going out in the cold and walking her 3 times a day and picking up stinky poops.

 

Make sure to come back for updates on how Rosie is growing up.