Socialisation program is in progress and happy that we're heading in the right direction. She's been introduced to lots of different people, and has visited our parents homes as well as Mike's work. As well as car rides at the beginning of the week, we introduced the van and she's now travelling happily in there too. We've had a go with feeding a meal or two in a Puppy Kong, which was very funny to watch the first time - she didn't really understand what to do at all! She's quite noise sensitive which I'm familiar with because of the collies, so we're gradually desensitizing her by exposing her to various situations likes shops/ roads etc. We've also had a CD playing various sounds, gradually increasing the volume. She takes more notice of it than Kai & Ella so it's definitely a useful tool to have.
Diva's now used to her rather smart puppy collar, but I've decided I will teach her about the lead once I have a harness for her. I'm concerned if she were to panic and run then she might jolt her neck on a collar, and it's such a small neck! So that's the plan for tomorrow morning, to find a suitable small harness for her. Other than that we've been to our first puppy socialisation class with Leanne Barnes, had a vet check with Sue Yeo, and I'm pleased with her promise for playing tuggy with me - even in situations where there's a lot going on. She's also a big foody, and even if she's a bit worried about something then she'll usually take a tasty treat!
Training wise I introduced/ loaded the clicker with her breakfast meal this morning, and my plan is to see if I can avoid luring the usual behaviours such as sit/ down/ stand etc. We had a little training session earlier to do the 'Sit' and she was so delightful to work with - so eager and excitable. Learning is a lovely game as far as she's concerned, and I have every intention that it will always be so.
Today I'm grateful for my Dad who helped his daughter when she needed him - he's the best :-)