Harley’s had a very full week what with puppy class with sister Izzy and a new arrival to the household in the shape of Darwen a Hearing Dogs stud dog. He’s a very handsome black lab, very laid back and very patient with Harley. Hoping he’s going to teach Harley to be just like him.
Harley did very well again at puppy class, he’s practising his waits at the moment which he finds quite difficult, especially if food is involved. Everyone is amazed how big he is for 13 weeks.
On Friday we went to the Socialisers’ BBQ at The Grange where he met Izzy again and another of his sisters, Ozette and had great fun with both of them. He was so well behaved that the CEO of Hearing Dogs, Michelle, said that he was a credit to me!
We were back at the Grange again on Sunday 18th August, for the Cats and Dogs Art Exhibition.It was nice to see his mum Ginny with Fiona and Freddy, and he made a new friend – a cocker spaniel puppy called Sophie.
Christine and Harley will be at Hearing Dogs HQ The Grange in Saunderton on Sunday 18th Aug , they will be there from 11-30.
They are having a Cats and Dogs Art exhibition. £3 for adults. But sorry no dogs allowed. Further details here: http://www.hearingdogs.org.uk/fundraising/in-your-area/in-your-area-events/dogs-and-cats-art-exhibition-in-saunderton
So if you fancy meeting them, do pop along and introduce yourselves. Harley will be wagging his tail in anticipation.
Harley had his first puppy class with Izzy, his sister (who is about half his size). Elin gave them both a hide chew to get them to settle before starting work. Harley chewed his till it went soggy then swallowed it whole – then wanted Izzy’s chew. However, once the class started he did really well with “sit”, “down” and walking to heel around the cones. I was very proud of him.
We’ve had daily walks round the village to get used to seeing people, dogs and traffic which he coped with very well but still complains about walking. I think he wants to be carried again! Also doing daily car trips and he’s getting better and better at coping with the car – much less squeaking now! Harley’s quite happy to be around when I’m hoovering and copes well with noise in general.
w/c 5th August: A visit to the vet for his 3rd vaccination and kennel cough nose drops. Now weighing in at 6.3 kg.
On Saturday we went for a walk with Harley’s friend Dylan who has come to stay with one of our neighbours for a week. On Sunday we met up with fellow HD volunteers, Diane and Keith who have retired brood bitch Ebony and, at the moment, one of her puppies, Gill, who is waiting to go to her new recipient. We had a lovely walk with all 5 dogs, followed by a carvery lunch in a pub garden. They all had lots of fun chasing each other around.
Having fun with friends
Harley in the middle
Our Hearing Dog puppy Harley has started school! He is lovely chunky little chap, now weighing a whopping 5.5kg at just 10.5 weeks old. He’s going to be a big boy.
Lessons started slowly, but with lots of encouragement, kindness and treats, he learnt how to ‘sit’, graduated to ‘down’, got used to being gently groomed and took possession of his Hearing Dog Puppy lead cover. It was a bit of a tiring day and he had a well earned rest at the end of it all.
Well Done Harley!
Paws for Hearing is a blog to document the birth and training of our club cockapoo puppy for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. Blog articles and photos supplied by Fiona Daniels and Christine Ellis who are Harley's Socialisers.