14 weeks



If Sunny, and cat is not involved can be 100%

At night 100%

If raining, or playing with cat 75% to 80%

I am starting to appreciate how much easier it is to house train a summer puppy, compared to a winter puppy! at least we have hard floors!!


Walking from the house, or the car is still problematic!! but as soon as they are out sight everything is fine.We are using a small harness, which is working really well, and are slowly starting to introduce walking to heel.


We can now sit to hand and voice control, and are learning down and paw. Although we do tend to get a little excited if we know there is a treat to be had and will tend to do all three and end up on our back with are feet in the air wanting a tummy tickle!!

Cat training

This is a new section, but as I’ve said before the cat does does appear to be in charge, and this week has been teaching the puppy how to climb tree’s!!IMG_7270





13 weeks

House training

When sunny – 70% to 80%

When raining – 50% (we really don’t like the rain, and the mat before the door is so much easier!)

When playing with cat – 30%


Clinically we have never really come across an irritable bladder before, but when Ebony plays with the cat she can manage a wee avery 10mins!!

So generally we are improving, we are still not asking to go out much, but we are thinking of trying a bell tied to the inside of the door which you ring when they go out, we will let you know if it works!


Ebony is still very reluctant to walk from the house. She will happily walk if there is another dog or the cat! I am starting to think that the cat may be part of the problem, and she doesn’t want to leave her. Mare’s are often reluctant to go on a hack if their friends don’t come…. perhaps we are turning into a horse!!

FullSizeRender Ebony walking with her sister (who is eating the stick!)


Ebony is reluctant to feed from her bowl, but if the biscuits are scattered on the floor then they are eaten with relish. I am sure there is a behavioural reason to this, but I am yet to fathom it out! We are though having to feed the dog in her cage as this is the only way to stop the cat eating the food, who is happy to eat the dog food from the bowl, floor or feed container!!!

Needless to say the cat’s diet is not going well. On a veterinary point a cat can eat dog food, but not long term as they do need specific amino acids linked to red meat which cat food is high in!

IMG_1615Cleo the cat helping herself to breakfast!

Cage training

You already may have realised we use a cage for Ebony. This was something we never really had to introduce as the breeder has used them, and as soon as the cage was put up, Ebony went straight into it and fell asleep.

The cage is only closed :-

a – at night

b –  we go out.

c – During meals to stop the cat eating the food!!

We can therefore feel safe that Ebony is left in a safe environment where she can come to no harm, and feels happy. All Ebony’s toys are in the cage, and obviously fresh water. Anything Ebony finds she puts straight into her cage, so it helps us find odd socks, shoes or anything else she has collected along the way!

People ofter say cage training is cruel??? We caged are 2 older labs, they used to go into the cage at any opportunity, it meant that we could leave them with people, and take them on holiday with us safe in the knowledge they could cause no harm and mess and be invited back. We have always used cages in the car as well.

As a vet, animals that are used to cages are markendly less stressed when they have to stay with us at the vets if ill.  A calmer animal is easier to be treated, and will often recover quicker.










Powderham Puppy!

As one of our vets has a new puppy (TOM!) we thought we would use this opportunity to share our knowledge, and give an update of how well training, and settling in is going!!

We have never written a blog before, so please be patient whilst we work out how to do it!!

Age – 12wks

Ebony has settled in well, and just completed her last puppy worming. We recommend treating all puppies with a treatment that kills the larval stage of the worms which are passed to the puppy through the placenta, and the mothers milk.

Eating –

Ebony is being fed a large breed dry puppy food. This is formulated to allow her to grow at a steady rate, allowing her cartilage to keep up with the growth of her bones. Large breeds are very prone to developmental problems, and arthritis when they get older. Whilst this won’t necesarrily stop this from happening, it should help to decrease the risks.

Ebony is not really that bothered with eating, and at the moment the cat will eat her food given the opportunity! (not helping the cats diet!) A little bit of watered down gravy does the trick though!

We are still on 3 meals a day, but as she isn’t food orientated we will probabaly change to 2 meals a day in the next few weeks.

House Training-

When not raining, and no cat around 80%

When raining or playing with cat 50%


At the moment this is a bit of a challenge, as Ebony refuses to walk from the house, unless a – The cat comes!! or b – We can borrow another dog.

We are hoping with lots of treats, and cuddles this will soon improve. She is though happy to run around the garden.


General training, socialising etc will follow soon!!