I can’t quite believe that Lola is eight months old today. It seems like yesterday and such a long time ago all rolled into one when we brought her home.
She settled in very quickly as part of the family, and despite a few struggles in the beginning with walking and pulling on the lead, we have been very lucky with her behaviour. In the last couple of months she has responded well to her training and will now sit quickly on command, lie down and put her paw up to your hand when asked.
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We’re still working on recall, and walking to heel, but we’ll get there. She loves playing fetch when we’re out in the forest, but she does like to dog holes in the garden which isn’t so much fun.
Recently we were toying with the idea of spaying her before her first season, and by talking to two vets we realised that there were differing opinions out there. Whilst it wont be harmful to spay her before her first season, her behaviour will be determined in adult hood as to how she behaves at the age she was spayed.
As Lola is an excitable little thing, the vet recommended waiting a month when we visited before Christmas. We did see a marked improvement during that month and she calmed down a lot. It was amazing the difference a few weeks made. We took the time to think and research what would be right for us and Lola, and have now decided to let her go through her first season before being spayed. We know we definitely don’t want puppies!
It is so difficult to imagine our lives without her now, and whilst it means we have to think before going out for long periods of time without her if no-one is at home to look after her, we have adjusted our lives to suit everyone for the better as we’re all getting a lot more exercise and spending more quality time together as a family with her.