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9 weeks and Growing

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Happy 8-week birthday to our sweet Acey!  

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8-12 Weeks

 

Here is an article with information about an 8-12 week puppy.

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Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Hagrid

I loved the post shared earlier from another Border Collie owner.  She plays a game with her BC that I have read about in several training books.  She teachers her BC names of her toys and then plays hide and seek with them.  A few days ago, we began a similar trend.  We are saying the names of the toys as we give them to her and while she plays with them.  Eventually, we will work with her on distinguishing between them in a game.  So far we have named four toys:  Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Hagrid.  We are having as much fun as she is!

The highlight of today with Acey was a walk down a sidewalk near a somewhat busy road.  She loved it and did a fabulous job.  She was not scared at all.  She noticed different sounds as vehicles passed us, but she seemed very happy for the stimulation.  I can tell she is soaking in everything around her. We are working hard to socialize her into many different situations.  This was one of the items on our checklist of experiences we want her to have before 12 weeks of age.  

She will have many changes over the next couple of weeks as our family moves to our new home.  Although she may be unsure of the changes at first, I know she will love having much more room to run!  We will be on the lookout for agility equipment  . . .

 

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Six Days Later . . .

It has been six days since Acey came home to be with her family.  We continue to bond with her every day.  She is stealing our hearts.  Acey is very loving and gentle.  Of course the puppy excited biting instincts have kicked in, but she is quickly diverted with a chew toy.  She is afraid of water, especially running water, but I finally convinced her to take a jog in the rain with me this morning.  She ended up enjoying herself just fine.  Acey is eating well and has not had one accident inside.  Yesterday she began to sit consistently on command–but only when her leash and collar are on.  I have no deep thoughts today, but rather a sense of peace and happiness.  Off to work with my now “3” girls in tow. 

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