3am wake up calls, worms and howling have not been the highlights of the past week, but definitely formed a big part of it!! Fingers crossed we have made a breakthrough with Ludo’s sleeping pattern as he has slept the past two nights from 11pm until 6am and the howling when we put him in his crate at night has reduced from ten minutes to a couple of minutes. We are making progress.
Worms are not a pleasant sight but something that all puppies have and if you happen to see long spaghetti strands in your puppy’s poo, you have had an unlucky but pretty normal experience. Fortunately this only lasted a couple of days for Ludo and he is fighting fit again.
Our daughter, who is a perfectionist is miffed that she has not accomplished her training programme of Ludo learning to sit, stay and roll over in week one, but he has learnt the sit command and went to his first puppy training session tonight. Ludo was the smallest dog there, as most were 6 months or older, but he held his own and even managed the agility course. Now that he has done this, our daughter has planned a doggy dance routine for Ludo to learn. She is reading a book about Pudsey the dog that won Britain’s Got Talent, so Ludo has a lot to live up to!!
Our youngest son has found a fantastic use for clicking his tongue, which is a habit he does regularly when anxious. Ludo is a reluctant walker at the moment, as he gets used to the big wide world, but if our youngest son clicks his tongue, Ludo comes trotting along, rather than sitting down and refusing to budge. Ludo is becoming a fabulous tool to help our youngest son - he has read his school book to him this week, which is something he hates to do at home and he sat and stroked him tonight to calm himself down from the brink of a meltdown. It is early days but so far it is looking good.