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I will be following Freddy obsessively. I know it’s early days, but he seems to be a quick study. None of the senior aunties seem shy about handing out the lessons.
 

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Yes, I think that has been the big difference between Freddy and previous pups. After reading all the puppy threads on PF I now recognise when OTT behaviour is a sign of an exhausted, over-excited puppy, rather than one in need of yet more play and stimulation. A few minutes of vigorous interactive play, a few brief sessions of brain games (taking turns for treats figures largely, as it encourages the Aunts to see him as one of the pack), 10 minutes solo play with toys and he is ready to take himself back to his bed in the pen for a sleep.

I hope this stage lasts until Sophy is more relaxed with him. There was a very sweet moment yesterday when Sophy, unexpectedly meeting for the first time the Labrador that has just moved in across the courtyard, let out a couple of sharp warning barks. Freddy dashed for home but took a wrong turning and ended up in my neighbours' porch, a few feet away from mine. He came when I called, and Sophy was quick to check he was OK, and kindly touch noses. He is learning from her already - following her out to pee and, even more importantly, following her back in.

Today we work on recall and picking up. First disagreement last night when Sophy wanted to go out and for me to go with her because it was dark, and I did not want the pup out running loose in the dark. Trying to rush things led to an extended game of keep away, and a puppy literally flying out of the partly open door. At that point I did what I should have done in the first place, became fun and silly, and persuaded him into the house and then the pen with a toy, but I think Sophy missed out on the poo she needed and is a bit constipated as a result. Pumpkin and chicken should take care of that.

Poppy is asleep beside me on my chair, Sophy is asleep in her bed at my feet, Tilly asleep on the sofa, Freddy asleep on the puppy pad in his pen, which he seems to prefer to the bed for actual sleeping. Sophy graciously deigned to let him have the bed next to her after he startled himself knocking something over earlier, but he took himself off to the pen when he wanted to sleep. What a good puppy!
 

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Fjm, hugest welcome to your stellar wee Afterglow Papillon Freddy 😍😍🥰🥰🥰!!! I am starstruck over him due to his breeder, and agog at your graceful management of the process. I could never be so sophisticatedly low-key after meeting those two!

I'm over the moon for you and honestly for all of us. Paps were the way I was headed after several years of research, when I came face to face with knowing a daily or even frequent 3 to 5 mile walk was outside my abilities, and that the Toy Poodle was so deep inside me since childhood I needed to go that direction. Oliver is a complete blessing, every single day. I do still love the Papillons of course, just am home with the Poodle. Thank you for filling a wish by proxy 😍😊.

Freddy is utterly lovely and precious, and such a smart little boy. I know he will have the best life ever with you. Thank you for sharing him here 💖!
 

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Freddy had another burst of silliness last night, pushed Poppy too far and got an air snap, which he deserved. He sat back, went very quiet, then crept onto my lap where I was sitting on the floor with them wanting to be cuddled better. Another lesson learned. He then slept curled up with Poppy by my pillow from 9.30pm to 6.15am, so all is well between them. By 6.15 we were both a bit desperate though, and he used the bathroom pad immediately I got him there - good puppy!

I was a little concerned that he didn't seem to be pooing much. I needn't have been - he had found the darkish corner with darkish wood floor that is just out of my line of sight. There is now a pad there, and I need to up my game on recognising the signals and getting him out or onto a pad.

I slipped a little cat harness onto him when he was asleep on my lap yesterday - he finds it a bit tickly and chewed on the bits he could reach, but is quickly getting used to it. It means I can put a very light lead on to trail when we are out in daylight or to hang onto in the dark - he is very keen on exploring and it is too easy to lose sight of a tiny pup. We are making some progress with picking up, he sits very beautifully for treat sharing games, and very often appears when called. Sophy is a little stressed but coming round reasonably quickly, and Poppy seems oblivious as long as the treats keep coming and the puppy is not too pushy.

This is the first time I have raised a puppy with adult dogs and the difference is fascinating. Sophy is 7 months older than Poppy, and Poppy always followed her lead, but they were still puppies playing together and having fun when Poppy first came home. Sophy is much more serious about things now. If we are outside and she gives a warning bark Freddy runs for the safety of home as fast as his little legs will carry him - that bark has a meaning and he knows exactly what to do. He follows her watching everything she does outside, sampling the same grass, sniffing the same smells, greeting the same dogs and people. I knew she would be a help educating a pup, but it is happening even sooner and faster than I had hoped. Even taught things, like sitting and taking turns for treats, seem to be easier with two adults modelling the behaviour.

This is becoming a puppy journal - hope you don't mind! It is always useful to be able to check back on things.
 

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Please do keep this up. These little moments come and go so quickly. Save them, as many as you can.
 
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Day Four, and there are moments when I wonder if Freddy is a Real Puppy at all, he is so good, and then he turns into a wild little gremlin and I know he is! I am learning to know him, and he is learning to know us. He needs to chew for several minutes before falling asleep, and in bed that means he chews the nearest object, usually me. Trying to prevent him turns him from sleepy darling to overtired monster, so I have to remember to take suitable chewies to bed with us, ideally things that are not too uncomfortable when they roll down under the bed clothes. I may try attaching a teething ring or similar to the top of the bed so it doesn't get lost.

He is extremely good about using a pad as long as it smells right - when they begin to get a bit pongy to my nostrils I dab the new one on the old one to transfer just enough smell to remind him. He is eating his raw lamb voraciously, but is a bit ho-hum about the kibble - he was free fed at the breeder's but that is not going to work with Poppy and Sophy on stand-by to empty the bowl. I think the answer may be to turn some of the kibble into big chewy biscuits that will both fill his tummy and satisfy his need for self-soothing chewing.

He is discovering that the tiny Kong Air ball is just right for chasing and throwing and carrying around by nipping the side, and that if he brings it to me and puts it in my hand I can make it bounce very satisfactorily. I found a Kong tug toy in the bottom of the toy box that is nearly as much fun as trying to pull my socks off (I do not appreciate the sudden nip of those puppy teeth on my toes!). Mad time is just before bed, with zoomies, nipping, jumping and all the usual puppy shenanigans. I indulge about 5 minutes if it is not too extreme, then it is into the pen to calm down before going upstairs to bed. Interestingly Sophy was thinking about joining in last night - I don't think it will be many weeks before she begins to play as long as it is on her own terms.

We are making some progress with the pick up hand signal, but after playing keep-away for nearly 20 minutes in the rain yesterday he is on a leash if I am heading for the car. He is happy to come back into the house as there is always a scrummy treat each for that, but the car is boring, even with treats.

Today is introductory visit to the vets, and a visit from a nice youngster - one of the local children I have watched grow up since I first taught her to sit down to greet puppy Sophy and Poppy when she was just a tot herself, over 12 years ago. With a couple of carry walks that should be more than enough excitement for one day.
 

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LOL

Now back from the vet, where the doors are once more open. They have set up a separate waiting room for cats which reduces the number of people waiting in one space and is better for the cats, too, but it feels weird to be going in again. I have swung round into the rear carpark so often in the last 18+ months I did it automatically and only just saw the closed gate in time to stop! Very nice to be with Freddy for his first examination, which he passed with flying colours - everything perfect, and a good weight (2.05kilos/4.5lbs). We discussed vaccines - he has had two sets, but a little closer together than is usually recommended. Vet was not too concerned, emphasising that socialisation is now the most important thing, but said perhaps we should consider a third parvo jab in a month or so just to be sure. There have been parvo cases in some of the local towns, and it would be wise to avoid visiting those for the time being, but the risk is very, very small where I usually walk.

After that we went to the river at Kirkby Lonsdale for Freddy's First Real Walk. He did very well - there were people and dogs of all different shapes and sizes enjoying the sunshine after days of rain, and quite a lot of them stopped to say hello. As ever when walking (or rather noodling and standing around) with a new puppy, especially a tiny one, it took forever to go no distance at all - about 45 minutes to do half a mile, after which I carried a very sleepy puppy back to the car. Once home he woke up just long enough to eat something and is now fast asleep in his bed. I think this afternoon I may leave him in the car while I walk the dogs - he has had more than enough for one day.
 

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Day Five
And we actually managed to sort of sleep until 7am, much to Sophy's relief. She is usually the first to waken, and did not like yesterday's 5.30am start. Freddy is being a star about using the pad in the bathroom - one trip when he wouldn't settle at bedtime, a second when I woke in the early hours, and a third around 5am when he got a little restless, then back to sleep after a few minutes chewing each time.

He did a poo on the puppy pad in his pen last night, and this morning I suddenly realised I couldn't see him, craned to look, and he was carefully centred on the pad at the far end of the room doing one there. OK, he wandered off a bit towards the end, but such an amazingly good puppy to work it out by himself! He is now 11 weeks, and seems to have just enough time from first feeling the urge to get himself to the right place, as long as it is only a few yards. We don't even need the full on chicken and sausage poo party - he just got it the second time I suggested the pad was the best place! I am sure more reinforcement will be needed as he gets older and more absorbed in play, but for now I am just hugely grateful.

Half an hour of breakfast, trips outside, play and cuddles and he was beginning to tease Sophy so is now settled in his pen, fast asleep after a good chew on the IKEA mouse. It seems all our favourite puppy toys have been discontinued - IKEA rats and mice, dino cuz, and the rest. I actually saw the mice I originally bought 3 for £1 listed on eBay at £12 each! I did always rather worry about how little the people stitching them were paid for making such complicated toys that sold for such very low prices - I hope the simpler toys and higher prices mean IKEA have improved the ethics of their supply chains rather than just their profit margins...
 

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I hope the simpler toys and higher prices mean IKEA have improved the ethics of their supply chains rather than just their profit margins...
I hope so, too. The IKEA rat was a Gracie favourite and I still have a couple hidden around the house. Freddy has excellent taste!

I am quite enjoying following along on your adventures with him. :)
 

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Poor Freddy was horribly sick in the car, and is still feeling a little sorry for himself. I had a physio appointment and took all the dogs with me so that they could have a safe snooze in the car, foolishly giving them an early lunch first. I drove the 8 miles there and back extremely carefully but it is a winding road and was too much for Freddy. All the crate blankets are now in the washing machine and Freddy is snuggling on my lap. Lesson learned - do not feed puppies just before getting in the car.

Poor little sausage is definitely not his usual bouncy self...

ETA: A lovely game of follow Sophy round the garden combined with chasing the wind blown leaves cheered him up enormously, and a foray into the Lost Land Beneath the Sofa has unearthed Black Rat, Fat Rat (as opposed to Sophy's favourite Flat Rat, who lost his stuffing long ago), two more mice and a tiny rope hippo I had forgotten about, as well as several long lost treats that Poppy devoured. The squirrels are all back in their log and the bees in their hive. I don't think we are exactly short of toys!
 

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Day Six
This morning Freddy had his first proper, "off leash" walk by the river. I joined two leads together until I can make a light enough long line and let him drag them behind him most of the time. He sniffed and ran and followed the Aunts and ran off to play with a Springer spaniel and ran back again when called and got left behind and practiced recalls for treats and sniffed and dug holes and by the time we got home was barely able to stay awake long enough to eat his lunch before falling fast asleep in his pen. An hour later he is still fast asleep, his nose very sweetly pressed into an IKEA mouse.

Last night we had a blip when Sophy spotted the new family who have just moved in across the courtyard - the three year old was having a melt down at the end of a long and tiring day, and Sophy, who is also rather on edge, started full on intruder alert barking. Freddy got extremely worried, and despite having already met them very nicely a few days ago stayed well back, puppy barking vociferously. Fortunately both the children and their mother are dog savvy and we just sat outside giving him time to get over it - once he was OK with coming within a few feet and the children had had a nice time petting Sophy and Poppy and Tilly, I decided to stop while we were ahead and everyone went home for tea. I will suggest a puppy meeting session outside tomorrow if it is warm enough, I think - I can put a rug down for the children to sit on and let Freddy come to them.
 

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Another lovely walk this afternoon in warm, sunny weather - two days ago I dug out the thermal layers it was so cold and today I was stripping them off again and searching for a t-shirt.

Freddy slept for hours after his morning walk, with just a brief wakening to go out and to play, then straight back to sleep. When we got back from the afternoon walk we met one of the little girls he was so afraid of yesterday and she squatted down and he thought she was lovely, and let her pet him for ages - with me reminding him it was tea time and her father reminding her that they were on their way to a swimming lesson! Freddy ate his tea, ate some more tea, and is now once more sprawled in his bed in his pen fast asleep.

Poppy and Sophy are coming round to the idea that a well behaved puppy might be quite a good thing to have around, as it means even more games for treats. I am still trying to keep up with 4 different diets, 3 or 4 different lots of food to defrost in time for the next meal, 3 or 4 lots of medicines for Poppy at various points during the day, and fitting essentials like walks for Poppy and Sophy round Freddy's need to sleep. But given my fears for how stressed the older animals might get it is all going remarkably well so far.
 

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I love this thread and following Freddy. You keep a great journal.
 
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fjm your days sound l Iike mine, many diets many meds, keeping everyone happy and engaged, it's a dance, you will settle into it as a routine. I am happy for you,
 

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You are right Twyla - it just takes a little time for the routines to shake together. Little things make a lot of difference, like feeding Freddy first so that he is happily chewing in his pen and not trying to steal from Sophy and Poppy, getting the defrosting of his food onto the same daily schedule as the others instead of one meal at a time, and not waking Sophy up until she says she is ready, etc. Their routine is very important, as you know - the first few days were made more difficult by constant rain, but the weather has improved and we are getting reasonably long walks, which always help. I am sitting with my first coffee of the day, all three dogs fast asleep, MacBook open browsing the headlines and slowly catching up with the day as usual. My routine matters too!
 

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A whole week already! Slightly soft poo this morning, which I am putting down to Freddy discovering the joys of dry cow pancakes down by the river yesterday - I will be carrying him past that bit for a while until he understands Leave it! A lovely, damp, rather muddy walk meant a happy, damp, rather muddy puppy, who ate his lunchtime biscuits and is now fast asleep while I catch up with other stuff - notably puppy proofing the few feet of bannister rail on the landing. This morning he bounced around so hard he banged his head on the skirting board in my bedroom, and he cried so pitifully that Poppy and Sophy both came running to see what was the matter. A cuddle and a rub soon made the bump better, but there was room for him to fall between the rails if he bounced out there, and it needed sorting. Tape and several layers of cardboard and it's done.

This afternoon I plan a different walk, and games of collar (or rather harness) touch. He is getting to be good about sitting to have a leash put on, as that means we are going outside, but less good about being picked up to be carried up and down stairs. Keep away is such a fun game, until you bump your nose...
 
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