Mavis at Five Months

Mavis is five months old today!

Brown and white cocker spaniel puppy

She is growing like a weed! As I mentioned in a previous post, Mavis is almost the size of my parents’ adult cocker spaniel, so Jimmy and I are thinking she’s going to be a big girl. Just the other day, I ran into one of my clients and he said Mavis’ paws look like big snow balls. I was cracking up!

New Things

  • She’s losing teeth left and right. Earlier this week, I noticed her front canine teeth were both loose and by the end of the day they were gone. So weird!
  • She now knows: sit, down, leave it, park it, sit-stay, down-stay, and come.
  • To earn her food each day, she works on her commands and does puzzles like this one, or uses this food dispensing ball.
  • She is getting much better about being held since the attack. YAY!
  • She did well during her first trip to the groomer. They told me they were just going to bathe and trim her to see how she would do, but gave her a full cut since she was taking it in stride.

Brown and white cocker spaniel puppy


  • Food of any kind
  • Chasing leaves
  • Playing fetch
  • Playing with Malcolm
  • Snuggling with Lola
  • Meeting new people
  • Pet sitting with me–she runs straight to the other dogs instead of cowering in fear like she used to!

Hard Things

  • Some nights she gets up once or twice to go to the bathroom, but that usually happens only once or twice a week.
  • She’s amazing off-leash in our yard, but has chased a rabbit twice and I thought I lost her. We are working hard on a solid recall and I’m begging Jimmy for a fence. Right now, I either have to watch her like a hawk or put her on a tie-out.
  • She can now jump on the couch, which she’s not allowed to do. She still does it all. the. time.

Golden retriever puppy and cocker spaniel puppy

Happy Things

  • I love taking Mavis to work (pet sitting) with me. It really tires her out, she and the other dogs get socialization, and it’s fun to bring her along.
  • Lola and Mavis now share a crate (Lola was never crate trained, but loves Mavis’ crate) and it’s adorable to see them snuggle.
  • Mavis is doing well in her training classes and graduated puppy level I a few weeks ago. The trainer is helping us to focus her training towards therapy work, which is really fun to learn and practice.

Petco Positive Dog Training Level I Graduation

I think that sums things up. Mavis is such a sweet, happy pup and I’m so glad she’s part of our little family!



  1. Time with Mavis really has flown by!!! She is such a sweet, amazingly intelligent, cuddly puppy who is totally obsessed with you. Her training is coming along sooooooo well~ I honestly can’t believe what she knows and does on command at 5 months old. It totally blows me away. You should become a dog trainer with all your spare time (hahahaha- that is a joke). Anyway— HAPPY 5 MONTHS little May~May — I love you baby girl!! Keep up the great work!!

  2. Oh my gosh, I am obsessed with her (as you know). It’s awesome she is so good with other pups! Every single time I see her I want a little fur babe so bad. Love your little family. ya’ll are the cutest!

  3. Yay Mavis! She’s such a big girl! I’ll be honest with you, Oreo can come to his name like a champ inside all day long. But the minute he’s outside, he’s like “Oh, I’m sorry… do I know you?” Which is why we had to stop taking him to the dog park. The one we used to go to here is more than 100 acres (no exaggeration) so when we let him off the leash, he was just GONE until he decided he knew who we were again. Anyway, I say all of that to say that while he was well trained in many ways, we never spent enough time on a solid recall for him and that was definitely something I would do if we had it to do over again. So good for you guys for working on that with her! And for all that socialization for her. That’s so so so good for pups! You guys are doing a great job with her! 🙂

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