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This is the fifth instalment of our puppy diary, featuring Murdock the lurcher puppy, with candid insights and practical tips on welcoming a dog into your home. Murdock will be seven months old in a few days’ time and this means that he is hitting the peak of adolescence. Described as the “teenage phase” puppy adolescence is characterised by increased assertiveness, rebelliousness, and momentary lapses in judgment. Murdock will be pushing his boundaries at this time as he starts to learn what is expected of him and what he can and can’t get away with!  Measuring Dog Years  But how can...

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This is the fourth instalment of our puppy diary, featuring Murdock the lurcher puppy, with candid insights and practical tips on welcoming a dog into your home. 6 Month Milestones This is our fourth month of owning Murdock and he is now 6 months old. He has started to calm down a little and is jumping up and biting less now that he has lost all of his tiny, needle-like puppy teeth and his adult teeth have almost all come through. He does still like to chew things he shouldn’t, especially the children’s toys, gloves and shoes so we have...

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This is the third instalment of our puppy diary, featuring Murdock the lurcher puppy, with candid insights and practical tips on welcoming a dog into your home.  How big will he get?  Murdock has changed so much since we brought him home at the end of June. He seems to be growing bigger every time we look at him at the moment and we still aren’t completely sure how big he will get. His mum, Pie is a large greyhound-sized lurcher and his dad is a pedigree whippet, so we think he will be somewhere between the two. Some of...

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This is the second instalment of our puppy diary, featuring Murdock the lurcher puppy, with candid insights and practical tips on welcoming a dog into your home. Teething Puppies develop their first set of 28 tiny, razor-sharp teeth when they are about 2 weeks old. At around 3 to 4 months of age these tiny teeth begin to fall out and are replaced with 42 adult teeth. I can see that Murdock has already lost a few baby teeth at the front and for the next couple of months he will be keener than usual to bite down on things...

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Welcome to our new monthly blog series all about Murdock the lurcher puppy, with candid insights and practical tips on welcoming a dog into your home. Choosing a Puppy I’ve been looking into getting a pup for quite a long time, since my dear old lurcher Beau passed away a couple of years ago. As a family, we haven’t rushed into things. Beau was a very special dog and we have been taking the time to find the right dog for us, to suit our lifestyle and temperament. A dog that could become an integral part of our family, like Beau...

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