Successful lockdown puppy thread

MurphysMinder

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I was on a waiting list for a Lancashire heeler pup before lockdown. Bitch was mated in March 2020 but missed, which was maybe a blessing, mating was repeated and my boy was born November 2020, I collected him January 2021. It was very hard as I wasn't able to visit the litter but breeder kept me updated with loads of videos. I actually had to sneak over the border into Wales to get him , only by about a mile, but managed it. He has been a challenging pup but that has been nothing to do with covid, just him. I worked throughout so he had to get used to being left, just for a couple of hours at a time and I was lucky that things had eased a bit so I was able to do one to one training sessions , with trainers dog present, then moved on to groups of 6 training outdoors. I also have 2 other dogs, plus he met friends dogs. He is a very bright little dog and had achieved his KC bronze and silver by August, having a break from training at the moment as he has had surgery on a leg :(.
So he has been a great success, but I think it was lucky I was never at home all the time with him as he would more than likely have developed some separation anxiety, instead he had to suck it up !
 

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This little booger was 1 last week. She's stubborn, a grade A thief of all things crinkly and forbidden (to be added to her hoard under the sofa), master of the charm offensive and somehow able to defy the laws of space to take up most of the space on the bed despite being the same size as the cat.
Still, wouldn't be without her. She's a happy, confident little lady, doesn't chew the furniture, toilet trained easy, friendly with other dogs and cats, loves people and respects the horses, so I can't really complain! She makes me smile when she fetches her 'baby' to bring it to bed, and falls asleep with it in her mouth. And also slightly relieved she's not having puppies after seeing the way she flings 'baby' around by it's nose, throat etc. She's pretty smart when adequately motivated, she can differentiate between different toys and pick out the one you ask for, and I recently taught her to 'dance' by standing on her back legs and doing a twirl which has amused me greatly. She definitely thinks she's a much bigger dog than she is, if her insistence on play-fighting with Mum's 20kg mutt is anything to go by.
All in all, I think we've successfully navigated puppyhood through lockdown. Of course, we'll see what adolescence has in store for us, no doubt the 'Kevins' will hit soon :D

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I was on a waiting list for a Lancashire heeler pup before lockdown. Bitch was mated in March 2020 but missed, which was maybe a blessing, mating was repeated and my boy was born November 2020, I collected him January 2021. It was very hard as I wasn't able to visit the litter but breeder kept me updated with loads of videos. I actually had to sneak over the border into Wales to get him , only by about a mile, but managed it. He has been a challenging pup but that has been nothing to do with covid, just him. I worked throughout so he had to get used to being left, just for a couple of hours at a time and I was lucky that things had eased a bit so I was able to do one to one training sessions , with trainers dog present, then moved on to groups of 6 training outdoors. I also have 2 other dogs, plus he met friends dogs. He is a very bright little dog and had achieved his KC bronze and silver by August, having a break from training at the moment as he has had surgery on a leg :(.
So he has been a great success, but I think it was lucky I was never at home all the time with him as he would more than likely have developed some separation anxiety, instead he had to suck it up !
Where are the photos is what I want to know? He sounds a hoot, all the heelers ive met are rather charming!
 

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Lovely to read all these posts. The tank doesn’t quite count as a lockdown puppy as she came home august 19, but is markedly different to others we’ve had in social senses, part from just being her and I’m quite sure a part is from being a juvenile during lockdowns - especially in regards to no visiting people or dogs to the house etc, so I do really envy those who have found no differences. Beautiful pictures too. I wonder if there are any breeds if aren’t represented on this forum, there are so many that you come across - it’s wonderful.
 

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My lovely little now 18 month old ESS bitch. Bought May 2020, £600, KC registered from some lovely keepers.

She has been a total joy and is now having her first season out shooting. So easy to train, so easy to have around. The only thing I seemed to fail to teach her is about children! She is great with babies and toddlers as spent the last year around my godson but she seems to think anything around 4 foot high is a little monster that must be avoided :D

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So Elmo joined us at the end of October last year, collected JUST before a lockdown! We had lost our other dog who was 14.5 and really wanted not to have an empty space. I had only known Jasper for the last 4 years so Elmo is the first dog I have trained from scratch , even though been around dogs all my life and I keep saying he is best decision I made....even in the difficult teething time. He is a joy to have around and loves all of us even though he is very much my dog. Its fabulous to get out for walks etc. I really have enjoyed the whole process.....

oh and he is a Tibetan Terrier.

He has stayed away 4 times with us inc a week in Wales and has been v well behaved. Gets rather squeeky excited around the horses...but like with horses its hard to get it all perfect!!!
 

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I wouldnt say she was a lockdown puppy as we have been planning to have a second dog for a couple of years now, but OH working from home and seeing an advert whilst casually looking for nothing in particular on preloved meant we jumped at the chance to have a collie bitch from a local couple who bred their two working collies.

She is five months old now, knows it all, doesnt need anyone to tell her anything and is a complete horror ...... but amazing, we adore her, she is sooo collie (our 7 yr old collie is very uncollie like) her name is Millie, she is mainly called 'oi monster' or 'no' and in the right light she looks like Dobby from Harry Potter.
 

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Lovely to read all these posts. The tank doesn’t quite count as a lockdown puppy as she came home august 19, but is markedly different to others we’ve had in social senses, part from just being her and I’m quite sure a part is from being a juvenile during lockdowns - especially in regards to no visiting people or dogs to the house etc, so I do really envy those who have found no differences. Beautiful pictures too. I wonder if there are any breeds if aren’t represented on this forum, there are so many that you come across - it’s wonderful.

Our pre-lockdown pups have definitely been differently socialised and the change was noticeable. We live in an area where the hordes descended for exercise, so we didn't do much lead walking with them and the yellow Lab, particularly has really struggled with that. We do seem to have cracked it now but it has been hard work.
 

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Mine has her mind blown by 'things where things shouldn't be'.

Men up ladders and people wearing things on their backs etc.

I normally expose my dogs to loads of things but everything was 'the same' for her during a very important imprinting phase so I'm probably going to have to train over the top of 'WHAT'S THAT?!' for a long time.

(And yes there's an element of genetics too ;))
 
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I got Wally in March. I decided the day before we got him (I know, I know!)

He is a cockapoo and I think we got lucky with his personality! We have done lots of training with him and we have a good routine of sniffy walks and playing around my job.

We couldn't have got a better dog. He is part of the reason I left my job and found a fully remote role (for more money and a nicer company!)

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Our lockdown puppy is Nap the border collie pup. He came to us by fate really. His father is the son of a dog we owned fifteen years ago who went to a top trialler and handler. He recently died and his granddaughter was advertising the last dog pup from the litter. His breeding goes back to some of my hubby’s best working dogs of the past and lines not often seen in many of today’s dogs so he had to have him. He’s bold, adventurous and showing lots of interest in sheep so hopefully he’ll be as talented and hardworking as his ancestors.

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