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This is the ninth instalment of our puppy diary, featuring Murdock the lurcher puppy, with candid insights and practical tips on welcoming a dog into your home. A new collar This month we bought Murdock his first ‘big boy collar.’ He has pretty much stopped growing now – although he may get a little big bigger, his neck isn’t going to increase significantly. As you can see from the photos we got him a traditional sight hound collar. Also known as fishtail collars these collars are normally made of leather and are wide in the middle with tapered ends. Sighthounds...

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This is the eighth instalment of our puppy diary, featuring Murdock the lurcher puppy, with candid insights and practical tips on welcoming a dog into your home. Birthday on the beach Since the last blog, Murdock hit a big milestone in his life. He turned one on the 30th April! To mark the occasion, we had a meet-up on the beach with some of his family members and it was tremendous fun. As a lockdown puppy Murdock can be a little nervous around people and dogs that he doesn’t know but he didn't seem to mind anything or anyone on...

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This is the seventh instalment of our puppy diary, featuring Murdock the lurcher puppy, with candid insights and practical tips on welcoming a dog into your home. Murdock is now 11 months old and getting quite big. We’re still not sure how big he will be when he is fully grown. His mum Pie is greyhound-sized and quite muscular and his dad, Maverick is a pedigree whippet so probably somewhere in between the two. Behaviourally he is very different to my old lurcher, Beau. He was a Bedlington/whippet/greyhound mix on both sides. Bedlington Terriers are often used when reeding lurchers...

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This is the sixth instalment of our puppy diary, featuring Murdock the lurcher puppy, with candid insights and practical tips on welcoming a dog into your home. You may have noticed that we’ve missed a few months as Murdock has begun to settle into family life and there have been less milestones to report. He is nearly ten months old now, still growing, still very playful and chewing everything but he has now reached the age when we have had to make the tough decision of whether to get him neutered.  Why neuter your dog? As well as preventing unwanted pups, neutering...

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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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