Hi Marie-Louise and Geoff,

I thought you might like to hear an update on the gorgeous Cavoodle puppy Taffie. She is, as you may have guessed, quite gorgeous and a source of constant amusement. We started her training immediately and she responded to her name (which is Taffie) within a couple of days. She now, at 12 weeks old, will come when called and sit instantly. She responds to my whistle and will zoom to me from wherever she is in the garden. She learnt how to go through the doggie door after being shown it once and now uses it exclusively. She still has the occasional wee accident inside but very rare as I take her outside after her sleep, meals, play.

Her bed is next to my bed and she will often retire to it during the day if she has been very active. She sleeps in her own bed and has done so since her first night.

We should have called her Tradie as she is very fond of the tradesmen who are in the area – a truck load of them stopped us yesterday as we were on our walk and 4 big burly blokes got out of the truck to have some “Taffie Time” with her. She loves our garden and will often potter about on her own. She especially likes the patch of Veronica in the front courtyard and I have found her asleep there on more than one occasion.

Basically she is a very content puppy.

My dog training friend, Chrissie McIntyre, stayed with us for a few days and she started us off on our training journey. Taffie has some good ground rules and knows not to chew the rug, not to jump up on people, not to jump up onto the furniture, not to beg for food from visitors, not to bark excessively (she has a very soft bark so we don’t want to encourage lots of yappy barking). She is learning “OFF” and “LEAVE IT” and “COME” and “SIT”.

I hope to stay in contact with you and update you on her progress. Thank you for your attention and your care. Taffie is a wonderful example of a well loved, well cared for and well bred puppy.

Caroline Manly