Pupdate 20th September 2017 – Archie’s 1st Groom
Archie has just turned 6 months old and it is time for his 1st proper groom, so an appointment was made a few weeks ago at a local Ivybridge Dog Groomer A1 K9. I have to say that I was a bit apprehensive, as Archie has a beautiful long wavy puppy coat which is a bit different to the normal curly coats that this breed should have which needs quite short clipping. However this is necessary as when the adult coat comes through it could start to matte with the puppy coat causing knotting. However as I can manage his coat at the moment with daily brushing there are no knots yet!!!
Here he is before
We arrived at Kelly the groomer and although I spoke to her and said that if possible I would like to keep his coat long, I obviously was in her hand to do what was best for Archie and I was quite prepared to see a total change in him when I collected him. I left him barking his head off when I left which you could hear right down the street. Was I going to get a phonecall from her asking me to collect him as he would not settle and it was impossible to get clippers near him!!!!
Three hours later, yes Kelly had been very patient and gradually got him used to the surroundings and the new noises that he would have to encounter and he did settle down. I got the phonecall to say he was ready and I could go and collect him, would I recognise him?
To my surprise he didn’t look much different and he was still the fluffy coated puppy that I had taken in. Kelly said that as his coat was in such good condition she did not want to clip it, and was quite happy to leave it as it was, but this could all change over the coming weeks. He had however been washed and dried, and had been clipped around his face, nails done, bum done and he smelt lovely. I hope he will enjoy his next visit in a couple of months time, when he will have to go again!!!
Here he is after
He is now all ready to go on a short break to Cornwall please click here to read all about it
Pupdate 26th September 2017
Archie has been going to puppy obedience classes at the Plymouth Dog Training Club for a few weeks now, and at the end of the class today unbeknown to us all, assessments were being done and it was announced that 3 puppies were now ready to go up to the next class. Surprise, surprise, Archie was the first name to be called out, and we were presented with a certificate and rosette from the instructor. He has been doing very well over the last few weeks, but I was surprised that the teacher thought he was good enough to move up a class. To think back to his very first class where he was the most disruptive puppy in it and I thought he might be excluded from any future classes, but we persisted so this is massive progress and I am very proud of him.
Pupdate 3rd October 2017
Well Archie attended his first Senior Pet Class at Obedience training and it was certainly more challenging, not only for him but for me as well. He tried his best at some of the more advanced training that was necessary in this class and it was actually me that let him down as on a couple of disciplines I was not sure what I was doing, so there was no hope for Archie. However we did enjoy it and looking forward to next Tuesday, although A bit of practice is needed before then, mainly on my part.