cocker spaniel puppy

Mavis at Seven Months

Mavis hits the seven month mark on January 12th!

Cocker spaniel puppy therapy dog in training

In some ways, she has become easier to care for over time (yay for house training and sleeping through the night!) and in other ways, she has become more challenging (the puppy “teenage” phase is no joke!).

New Things

  • As of December 25th, she weighs 21 pounds. Adult male cockers typically weigh 30 pounds. She is a big girl!
  • She has really gotten the hang of playing fetch and enjoys it. Her favorite ball is the hol-ee roller.
  • She is quite the velcro puppy. She doesn’t just like to be with me 24/7, she wants to be physically touching me. I love it ๐Ÿ™‚
  • We received her AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy medal and certificate in the mail! We are now working towards the Canine Good Citizen title and then hopefully therapy work!
  • She is currently in Adult Level 1 classes and doing great!
  • She loves food. She can be in an absolute dead sleep and if I drop a scrap of food on the floor, she’s there. It’s crazy!

Mavis is like “Mom, stop. You’re embarrassing me.”

Other Stuff

  • I realized recently that I spend a lot of time with her. We work together (dog walking!), I train her, take her places, and hang out around the house together. She’s currently laying on my feet as I type this!
  • We are really working hard towards her therapy dog certification, but if it doesn’t happen, I’d love to get into agility with her. I think she would really enjoy that.
  • She hasn’t gone into heat yet, but I’m sure she will soon.
  • I filmed a vlog recently and did a little update on Mavis, in case anyone wants to see her in action ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Her paws aren’t very callused yet, so they get cold quickly in the snow and ice. I need to get some salve or snow boots for her and Lola.
  • If she’s not snuggled up to me, she’s snuggled up to Lola. Sheย loves her big sister!
  • Her nickname is May May. I’m pretty sure I call her May May or just May more than I call her Mavis.

Black lab mix and cocker spaniel puppy with bandanas

That’s everything I can think of for Mavis’ seven month update! She’s a fluffy ball of sass, happiness, and fun โค


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!