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More AWESOME PAWSOME pics!!!!!

I must admit I get a lot of pleasure seeing doggies (and humans) enjoying themselves :D :D :D

Just one problem, I can't see Helens' (munchbunch) photos???


Chel and Dilys xxx
 

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Hi everyone! Wow, I just love those pictures! Almost feel like we were there lol! Thanks again for the invite LT and thanks again for understanding I was (and still am) a little cautious of mine and little Gemma's readiness for the travel and big adventures at her tender 15 weeks of age. Although I do feel a an obligation to up the Chocolate representation this year :D

But in all seriousness, she's only on her 3rd week of walkies just starting to walk nicely on the lead. I'm soooo paranoid to let her off-lead until she's doing a reliable heel on the lead. Made major progress in the last week and she's nearly there EXCEPT for when she sees or sniffs something that's just tooo interesting! Other people, other dogs and lamp posts mainly haha!

So I'm a bit torn up on when's the right time as it looks like we missed a great party! She's so obedient when she's calm, but totally cloth eared when she's excited. So I feel we need to tackle off-lead and recall under distraction before we'd be ready to join you all. It would simply be my worst nightmare if she bolted, and especially in a park that I don't know my way around 8O

Could anyone offer any tips or advice who's already got the t-shirt on this for a first timer? Here or PM as you prefer. We'd both be extremely grateful to hear from voices of experience. Failing that, we start Puppy Class this Sunday. She'll go NUTS with other people and pups to play with, she'll be beside herself lol! But that should be the perfect place to work those issues through. So I think that will be the way to go for us for the time being. Which means it'll probably be Spring at the earliest before we could join you all!

p.s. There's a pic update in her introduction thread :wink:
 

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Hi John!

I've only got the one t-shirt when it come to a 15week old pup and that was Luna 5 and a half years ago and she was my first-ever pup/dog!

I'd say let Gemma off-lead now in a quiet-ish area where there aren't many people around and just let her wander around and sniff. Walk slowly along the path you take and enjoy watching her. Go to her to put her lead back on and reward her lots for letting you do it and for walking alongside you.... then let her back off-lead for a sniff and a wander. Keep it all low-excitement. Give her a command (I say 'go sniffles'!) when she is off-lead and then gentle praise and well dones and treats when she is with you. If she wants to walk with you and be with you when she is off-lead then reward that and use it as a training opportunity as well but do try to allow her to remove her focus from you a little.
The thing about having a little pup off -lead so young is that they want to be with you and are nervous about straying too far from you.

And then the thing about walking with or playing with other older dogs is that a young pup tends to not stray far from 'the action'. We've had littlies come along to the GTs before:


(Little Mable escaping on the right!)

and I promise we didn't lose them! They tend to play with the toys, then play with the other dogs, then check out all the humans, then get tired and be picked up and cuddled and carried for a spell!!!

And of course pups that may bolt soon get a big lab after them who can go faster and round them up back to the 'pack'.

I'd always say let them off lead earlier rather than later as the older they get the more confident they get in the outside world and the longer their legs get so the faster they can travel! I met up with a friend of a friend who had a pup she wanted to socialise a couple of years ago and she'd never let him off lead after battling for 5mins with him wanting to play with my 2 she let him off lead and he was going nowhere far!! He stuck with my 2 who both recall and return to me so would bring him back with them if need be:

(Maverick)
He was a gorgeous pup and is now a gorgeous dog!

We were thinking about needing a GT around Feb - maybe we could keep it a small-ish one (with a pub visit ;-) Pups need pub-training ;-) ) and help to improve your confidence with letting Gemma off-lead??

I'm sure their are stickies/threads in the Puppy forum about letting pups off-lead early that explain it all better than me!!
 

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Hi LT! Sorry I’ve been gone for so long.
Well in the last few weeks I’m pleased to say Gemma has experienced some off-lead time in the park and I’ve really put her recall to the test both there, and in puppy class when she’s in the fray playing with other pups and she’s been incredible! Only one recall failure because she was physically stuck in dog sandwich lol which I won’t count! I’m keeping her a recall training lead in the park just a while longer, as a safety buffer, for example when the park ranger drives past or when she tries her usual charge at people tricks which I’m so desperately trying to snap her out of! She’s 19 weeks old now, and way too big to fit in your rucksack now, hahaha!

So just two things left to crack, the miserable weather recently and knowing she can handle herself and hold it in the car for an hour +. I don’t drive a hatch so she’s a back seat girl. I could handle clean up on the way back home but an accident on the way there would really take the shine off the day unless you can bring a generator and washing machine, lol! She’s starting to settle in the car but I want to try some longer runs etc before her big day out.

I’m currently trying to decide whether to spay or not spay before her first season, that could get in the way one way or another :-/

But really, I remain quite touched by your invitation and offer for a smaller first time GT for my little princess Gemma. It means the world to us both, and we WILL get there this year I guarantee it. Would be so much easier right now if we weren’t on the fringe of your region, but to allow for the distance I just need to keep ticking off those boxes, because it’s going really well so far. Unless you and any buddies fancy going rogue for a GT in North Derbyshire in which case Gemma would bite your arm off (see what I did there? Lol)

p.s. I never could find that off-lead sticky, but there is one on an alternative well respected Lab site which I won’t mentioned by name, maybe you were thinking of that? ï�Š
 
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