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SA Guide-Dogs brood bitch Zara, a yellow Labrador, gave birth to Jake, his sisters Jozi and Paddi, and his four brothers Jet, Jarvis, Jethro, and Jackson, on February 3rd 2017. Their daddy (by artificial insemination) is a Labrador named Bosworth who belongs to a USA Guide Dog school.
We collected him from GDA’s Puppy Block on Friday July 13th 2018.

Twelve Weeks with #GDApupJake

Jake is 20 weeks old!

I take a picture of Jake with his “watch me grow” bear every Thursday, so I have something to show scale as he grows up. He doesn’t get to play with this bear – its only for the weekly picture. 😛

He’s a big puppy, weighing in at 21.8kg this morning. Most of his baby teeth have been replaced by rapidly growing adult teeth, and he is already wearing the medium-sized, blue Guide Dog Puppy “learner” jacket when we are out and about.

Jake is not a fan of the summer heat at all, and on a hot day he loves to have a damp towel on cool towels to sleep on, and an “ice lolly” to chew on.

Guide Dog Puppies are not permitted on the furniture, but Jake tries his luck every chance he gets – especially when he and his housemates are playing! We’ve never had a pup so determined to be on the bed!
He does love his crate though, putting himself to bed in the crate overnight.

Our Puppy Classes have started going beyond GDA, and we’ve had a class at Fourways Crossing and one at gg’s Café. The pups were great on both outings! Our latest class was at GDA, and we did some loose leash walking exercises, distraction work with squeaky toys, and habituation with new and familiar objects – a brolly, platforms, shop dummy, hula hoop, and yoga mat.
Jake has learned SIT, DOWN, TOUCH, and DROP IT, and we’re working on STAND and STAY.
Jake walks beautifully on lead, and he is a pleasure to take out shopping, though he is quick to try and greet people walking by us, so we’re working on that. 🙂 

Jake had his first UBER ride with me after class one day, and our driver was kind enough to turn the aircon on to blow into the passenger footwell, where Jake slept with his head under the vent.

He’s a real snuggle bug, and likes nothing better than to try and curl up in my lap if I sit on the floor, while I brush him and handle him, though he is already too big to nap in my lap anymore!

He’s such a cute pup, and really affectionate, with a permanent “frown” and very expressive eyebrows!

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Eight Weeks with #GDApupJake

Jake is 16 weeks old!

Isn’t he beautiful! He’s a light, caramel brown colour, rather than a golden colour like out other yellow Labs have been. And as he gets older, he gets more and more brown flecks on his nose.
He’s a big puppy, weighing in at 16.5kg, and he’s now getting 160g Vet’s Choice puppy kibble three times a day.
He also got his “big boy” collar this week, after he came back from his x-rays and check-up at the vet!

I take a picture of Jake with this bear every Thursday, so I have something to refer to show scale as he grows up.
He doesn’t get to play with this bear – its only for the weekly picture. 😛

Guide Dog Puppies are not permitted on the furniture, but Jake tries his luck every chance he gets – especially when the dogs are playing! Its quite comical to have a pup so determined to be on the bed!
He does love his crate though – running into it if he grabs something he shouldn’t have, napping and playing in the crate during the day, and sleeping in the crate overnight.

Puppy Classes have been at GDA for the last six weeks, working on the pup’s frustration tolerance and levels of distraction when they are together as siblings.
Jake is going out with me more and more, and having started loose-leash-walking exercises the week after he came home with us already, he walks beautifully on lead!

Jake has learned SIT, DOWN, TOUCH, and DROP IT, and we’re working on STAND and STAY.
He’s not quite as food-driven as pups we’ve had in the past, so we keep our training sessions short and fun, to keep him engaged and interested.

He’s a real snuggle bug, and likes nothing better than to try and curl up in my lap if I sit on the floor, while I brush him and handle him.

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Meet Guide Dog Puppy Jake #GDApupJake!

Jake is one of 7 yellow Lab pups, 5 boys and 2 girls, born to mom Zara on May 17th 2018.
Their sire by artificial insemination is an American Guide Dog stud named Bosworth. His siblings are Jozi, Jarvis, Jethro, Jet, Paddi (sponsored name), and Jackson, and two of his brothers will be growing up as part of the Cape Town Puppy Raising family. Jake joined our family on Friday July 13th! 😀

Jake is so precious, and At 10 weeks old, Jake weighed a whopping 9.6kg!

Baby Jake has “slept through” for 6 nights in a row, 11pm to 5h30! At bed time he now happily walks into his crate, and most mornings he goes back to sleep for an hour after having a busy!
He’s getting very long too, so I’ve already swapped his “snuggly” bed for a bigger cushion inside his crate. 

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You can find SA Guide-dogs for the Blind on Facebook and on Twitter
Check out my Puppy Raising Facebook page: Proudly Puppy Raising