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Socialisation is FUN

My Humum’s have been working hard getting me to see, meet and sometimes play with other animals and people.

My Humum Kate always wants me to look at her before I am allowed to say Hi, and when I am playing, I get treats for going back to check she is OK. Some times I am not allowed to play. This is what happened when I went for training session to meet some Donkeys and Alpacas. It was ok not playing with them as I got lots of treats for staying calm around them.

I was such a good boy, I got to practise my play with Smartie, another spaniel and my recall back to check that Kate was OK.

I really like this thing called “Socialisation “

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Work, Rest and Play

I have been busy over the last few days. I have played with Roxy and Gem at home and I am beginning to understand what the word “Finished” means……Well I think it means, stop jumping on Gem’s head and biting her tail.😂

I have been up to my Humum’s field and did some training on focus, impulse control and taking turns to get treats. I was very good at this game.

Today I went on a walk with Frank. Frank was the biggest dog I have ever seen. He was massive and I was a bit unsure when I first met him. I didn’t need to worry as he was very gentle and I really liked him.

I was very tired after our walk and crashed out on the sofa went I got home.

I don’t know what I like best, Work, Rest or Play. I think I like them all. ❤

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The black, tan and chocolate gang

Today has been just the best day ever. My Humum Kate took me for a walk with Roxy and Gem but we also met up with Auntie Mandy and her two dogs, Millie and Oscar. They are known in the park as The Black and Tan Gang. Well now we are known as The Black, Tan and Chocolate Gang. We had such fun. Kate carried me so of the way because she said it was too far for my little legs.

I crashed out as soon as I got home.

I also made an appearance in Kate’s Facebook live. I demonstrated how to walk on a lead and some nose touches too. I was in the dog house a bit as I had a poo in the background while Kate was talking. It’s OK she did laugh about it. But when a puppy has to go, they have to go, and I needed to go 😁

Later in the afternoon I had a fab play time with Gem.

It really has been the bestest day ever.❤

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Shopping v Play

Today my Humum’s needed to go shopping, so I went along for the ride. It was a bit scary with all the trollies and cars around, but Humum Kate, played lots of games with me and in the end I was fine. Lots of people wanted to say hi to me, but Kate only let me say hi to a few. Kate was so busy playing with me , she forgot to take any pictures or videos.

I have been playing with Gem, in the house today. She was very patient with me, as I jumped all over her head and then turfed her out of her bed. Gem really does like me. Roxy just stays out of the way, but I will win her over with my puppy eyes.

So shopping or playing?

Playing every day of the week. I am very tired now. Good night all zzzz

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Photo time

I slept through the night again last night, which my mum’s were well pleased with. This meant I was full of beans today, so HuMum Kate took me and my sister’s down to the field for a run around. Kate is very pleased with me, so much so that every time I go back to her I get a treat.

Kate tried to take a picture of us all today at the field, but I just wanted to go back to her for another treat.

I moved first 🙂

This afternoon , at home, I got to play around with some cardboard boxes. My HuMum Kate, thinks I need to work a bit more on being confident with new and novel things. I don’t know what she is going on about. I loved the boxes.

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All clear at the vets.

My mum’s were really pleased with me last night, as I didn’t need them to come down and comfort me. I think it was because they left the kitchen light on.

I had a great, fun, fab run around our field today with both my sisters, Roxy and Gem.

I slept most of the afternoon, with a couple of blasts around the garden with Gem.

My Humum’s then took me up the vets for a puppy introduction and a quick once over. All the vets and nurses thought I was fab. A great weight for my age, good ears (although I and my Mum’s think they are awesome) fab coat and all in all I am looking good. They did say I needed another set of jabs at the end of the month. The vets said I was very well behaved, even though my Kate and Lorrie couldn’t come in.

At the vets

Humum Kate also did a great training session outside the vets with me. I am working hard on learning my new name and focusing back to Kate when other distractions are around. Kate was very pleased with me.

A busy day was wrapped up with a socially distanced, footpath meet up with Humum Lorrie’s Sister, niece and nephew. They all thought I was awesome. (Which of course, I am )

I now need to sleep 💤

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I aced my recalls!

Life in my forever home is great. This morning I played with my sister, Gem , in the garden. I think she really likes me.

This afternoon my Humum Kate took me to The Priory Country Park, where I met another lovely doggie called Flora, with her Humum Hiedi. Flora was much calmer than all the other dogs I have met and we had a fab sniffy walk. It was great as every time a went back to see Kate, I got a lovely treat.

We even had another dog join in the recall games, she must have liked cheese too.

I was very tired after and slept the rest of the afternoon.

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Play time

I have had a lovely day playing today. I went with Humum Kate today to The Priory Country Park. Kate had a fab tuggy toy which I really enjoyed chasing and catching. What was great was, I also got a treat when I let it go again. The added bonus was Kate then let me play with it again.

I was also very lucky to have a fab play date with Rusty the Beagle Puppy. We had great fun running, chasing, tumbling and once again, every time so went back to Kate, she gave me a treat and then let me play again.

Kate was very pleased with me and I was very tired and just a little bit soggy.

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After I got home I had an afternoon nap, then both my humum’s took me up to a big field with my sister Gem, and guess what? Yes I got to play again. Gem was very quick and both my Mum’s were really pleased to see us running around together

I was very tired after that and slept again. I really have enjoyed my lovely play day.

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A busy morning

After a day to recover from my journey to my forever home, my Humum’s took me out and about this morning.

First we went and saw Auntie Mandy at The Priory, I was excited and pleased to meet Mandy in a large open field and it was fab to practise some recalls. Really I just run around getting lots of treats from everyone. I was so tired after that so I went home with Lorrie and had a bit of a kip.

Next I went to a pet shop as I needed a few chews. My mum’s thought it would be a good opportunity to see how coped outand about. I was not as confident as they was expecting, the noises in in the shop spooked me a little bit, especially the beep of the till. I did however, say hello to to some lovely ladies in the shop, which was much better.

I also popped in to see Grandma and Grandad on the way home. All was good, I like to travel in the van and Grandma and Grandad were lovelyand made a real fuss of me. I did not at all like their cuckoo clock, and it wasn’t even sounding the hour but I did have a bark at it. A few treats later from Kate and some how it didn’t seem quite as scary.

My Humum Kate is already starting to write up a training plan to help feel more confident and optimistic about stuff out and about.

I’m off for another sleep now.

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I’m home

Hello, My name is Skip, well it is now. I am only 17 weeks old, but I found myself a Spaniel Aid after two previous homes where I was called Ralph and Loki.

On Friday 6th November 2020 I arrived in my forever home, after a long drive in Kate’s van. I was shattered, but my new HuMums Kate & Lorrie, had set up a lovely cosy play pen and crate for me to crash out in.

This is my HuMum, Lorrie. She gives the best cuddles.

This is my Humum Kate, she has already started to teach me things, like, it really pays well (in treats) to stay close to my mum’s .

I also have two new sisters, Roxy and Gem. They are still getting use to having a youngster in their home, but I have already had a play with both of them.

I hope you all enjoy reading about my journey in my forever home.