Woof! Woof! Everyone meet Harley. Harley is 15 weeks old, born on Friday 8th April 2016. And he’s a little white and apricot Cavachon, which is a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Bichon Frise, however both his parents are Cavachons, making him an F2 Cavachon. He was one of seven, six boys and only one girl. We have had him for nearly 2 months now, bringing him home on Friday 3rd June 2016.
At the moment his favourite things to do are go absolutely crazy in the garden whilst chewing on mostly mums flip flops (he has a thing for shoes)! However he also loves his Lion and Bear to chew and play. He absolutely loves meeting new dogs, but he hasn’t quite learnt yet that all dogs want to play with him! The other two main things that he loves is food (he will try and eat anything he can get his paws on!) and sleep, he can go from one extreme to the other. He spends half his life sleeping for hours straight, and then the other half the running mad round the garden. We call this his bichon blitz moments.
Harley is raw fed, which basically means for his meal times he eats purely raw meat and bones, and his treats include lamb sticks, pigs ears and frozen carrots, which he will do absolutely anything for. We decided to raw feed him because of all of the benefits it can have on the puppy, for example, shinier coats, healthier skin, cleaner teeth, as well as smaller and less smelly poops!
Harley is on his 5th week of puppy training now after having all of his injections. He is doing very well so far and loves seeing all his new friends each week, especially Bailey the Cocker Spaniel! So far we have learnt “Sit”, “Down”, “Off”, “No”, “Wait”, “Come” and how to walk on the lead. He’s a pretty quick learner, especially when there are some sort of treats involved! We have also done some clicker training; if you don’t know what that is then its basically something that you press which makes a click noise, once the dog hears the click you give them a treat. So they then associate the click with treats. Its good for when your dog isn’t listening to you or in a world of their own, because as soon as they hear a click they’ll come running as they know they’ll get a treat. Toilet training was the one thing that we found extremely hard, especially at the beginning when we got him. He is almost there, doing 99% of his wee’s and poo’s outside, but there is still the odd wee inside, but we’ll get there eventually!
He has also been crate trained. We were apprehensive about this to start with as we had read that a lot of dogs really hate it, however Harley is so content in the crate, he finds it a safe, cozy place that he calls his own and sleeps in at night and in the day when we have to go out for a bit. We only leave him for a maximum of 2 1/2 hours in the crate during the day as he’s only a puppy still. The crate is also in the kitchen which is great at the moment because its very cool in there with the tiled floor, so its a nice place for him to chill out during the hot days.
Harley has such a lovely temperament and is such a loveable companion. He follows us all around the house but especially enjoys cuddling up to mum when he’s tired, until he’s too hot and tries to jump off onto the floor. We have never had a dog before so it was quite a shock when we got him, as it was a huge change for all of us, however we love him so so much and now couldn’t imagine life without him!
Hopefully I’ll be able to do an update blog post when he’s grown up a bit more, and experienced a lot more that doggy life has to offer!
Daisy xo (& Harley xo)