It is hard to believe (as it seems a whole lot longer) but little Archie has now just started his 5th week with us.
Pupdate 9th July 2017
Although he is very good on the lead, I thought it was kinder for him to now have a little harness instead of his lead being attached to his collar, so it was a trip down to Jollyes, where they have a small branch in our local Wyevale Garden Centre here at Ivybridge.There was a very nice young female assistant who took the time and trouble to get a harness the right size for Archie, although he wasn’t too keen on the actual “trying on bit” (well I suppose he is a male and not a female!!!). However he seemed to like being in the pet shop as he got a few treats from another assistant who made a fuss of him. We eventually found a harness the right size and off he walked out of the shop wearing his new his new purchase (after paying for it of course)
1st Walk up on Henake Down Ivybridge
When we got home we decided to take Archie for a walk using his new harness up on Henlake Down which is a little common of Dartmoor just behind our house that will be one of his regular walks, but to get up to it we have to walk up a quite a steep farm track.
It really is a lovely place to walk dogs, as they can run off the lead and a great place to practice recalls. he absolutely (as all the dogs we have had) love it up there and being walking distance from our house no need to get in the car.
We only walked part of the way overt the top as Archie is a bit too young to walk the full way around, but he was definitely tired when we got home but I am sure he enjoyed it.
Pupdate 12th July 2017
It was a lovely day so we decided to down tools and visit Castle Drogo in Drewsteignton in Devon which is a National Trust property which has some lovely walks. We load the car up and it looked as if we were going on a week’s holiday, what with walking boots, picnic, towels, Archie’s stuff etc and we could not have taken anyone else with us, as Archie takes up the boot in his crate.
We had a good day and the scenery on the walk was spectacular, although one path we walked on we had to put Archie back on his lead as one wrong paw and he would have fallen down the many 100 feet vertical drop to the river below.
After we had tired Archie out, we sat and had our picnic, with Archie also having his lunch out of his little soft travelling bowl and then we walked down to the actual Castle.
We did have a very quick look around, but it is in the process of being restored, so there were only a few rooms that we could actually have a look in. However sat outside were two whopping Newfoundlands that we just had to say “hello” to. I thought Archie might have been a bit daunted by their size as they were huge (the male weighing in at 15 stone!!). One paw from either of them and he would have been crushed but he was as bold as brass and to Archie size does not seem to matter!!!
Pupdate on Puppy Classes
It was Archie’s 2nd week at puppy classes, and although still the most disruptive in the class there was a slight improvement. He did all the tasks that were required, but was still very vocal and excitable. Next week he goes up to the next class as the puppies only stay in the initial class for 2 weeks.
Pupdate 13th July
Archie had a little friend who came to see him and I just had to post this lovely video of them playing with Archie’s cuddly snake.
Pupdates will be a bit less now as there will not be so many “firsts” but please keep coming back for regular pupdates on Archie’s progress
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