Allan contacted me via Robson & Prescott vet referral. He and Rebecca were uncomfortable about Abbey’s hard biting as a pup and so I offered them a few strategies to help with Abbey’s teething and learn soft mouth skills.
Thought we’d give you a quick update on Abbey’s progress. She’s been doing very well since you saw her and seems to have calmed down a lot.
We’ve read the books you sent and have taken on-board your comments. We frequently play with her in her cage/pen, feed her by hand a few times a week and hide treats all around her cage. Your suggestion of playing ‘swapsies’ with her toys has been a great way to keep her distracted when she starts to get a bit growly and angry.
She was recently nominated for best puppy at our training school and a couple of weeks back she graduated from puppy training classes. She is now attending the follow-on classes.
She has really calmed down a lot and other people have commented on it. It’s really enjoyable in the evenings when she’s like that.
She had a little accident last week when she ran at full speed into a heavy cast iron chair leg. At first we suspected a broken leg but after a night at the vets she was up and walking. She’s doing a lot better now and the limp is barely noticeable. She certainly seemed to have calmed down a bit after that scare…
Anyway, just wanted to say thanks again for you time and advice.