Easter update for Bingley as he turned four moths old from Toni. Bingley is from Ernest and Blottie's litter of ten again.
I hope you are having a very happy Easter weekend. Its lovely to read news of Ernest and Rosie on your blog. It is particularly enjoyable now I've met them both and seen what lovely characters they have. I'm excited to follow the pups!
As he turns four months old, Bingley is really thriving. He fits perfectly into our family and we are really enjoying him. Here is a video so you can see him in action.
And I've attached a photo so you can see how much he's grown and how his body shape has changed.
He spends most of his days following Whisky wherever he goes like a little shadow, and if he's not doing that he's looking for sticks in the garden or looking for someone to throw his ball! He's a confident cheeky chap who takes direction really well. He is an extremely happy boy who seems to be just delighted with each new day and interested in meeting every human and animal that crosses his path!
Please could I ask for your wisdom in a couple of areas? Everything seems to end up in Bingley's mouth on walks - I'm regularly removing small bits of plastic or litter or sheep poo or face masks (!). It's fine to do that - I keep a close eye on him and can get anything out of his mouth, but should I be training him not to pick it up in the first place and how? Or will he just become less interested in using his mouth to explore over time?
And the second is we still have loo trip around 3-4am each night - after his last loo trip of the evening at 9.30. He goes straight back to sleep afterwards so it is quick. Is this just a sign of how long he can hold his bladder for which will just change naturally as he grows or should I be working to encourage him to sleep through to 6-7am? The added complication is that Whisky (older dog) unhelpfully tries to help (!) when Bingley starts to move around at 4am by barking to summon me so I think anything I do will need to be training for both of them!
Hope you are all well,
Thanks for the photos and video. Looks like Whisky and Bingley get on well. That's really good. Always a bit of a worry when I know a pup is going to a home with another dog that it works for both of them.
With picking up stuff, use a command word firmly each time you stop him or remove the stuff from his mouth. Once he has stopped mouthing or given you the stuff, praise him.
If the last time at night he goes out is 9.30 pm, then he is going about the length of time for his age. I would expect around 6 hours at his age, some can go longer, but he is about right for his age.
Hope you had a nice Easter time.
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