Monday, 30 November -0001

Puppy Secrets: The First Six Months

Prepare to go (bow) wow as pooches take their first steps

Written by Ben Felsenburg


They’re each about the size of a mouse and the weight of an apple, can’t see, can’t hear and you wouldn’t give them up for all the world. The entrancing new-born ChihuahuasBen-Felsenburg-colour-176 in Puppy Secrets: The First Six Months (Wednesday, ITV, 8pm) are enough to turn even Cruella de Vil into an unbridled dog lover. Over two episodes, we follow different litters through the crucial first six months of life, among them labrador retriever crosses, border collies and an assorted mix who are destined one day to be rescue dogs. The facts are absolutely fascinating, and also immensely reassuring to anyone who’s ever wondered about the growing bundle of joy bouncing around the home.

A young puppy, we’re told by presiding boffin vet Mark Evans, should be sleeping for as much as 20 hours a day, so don’t worry if you’ve been fearing yours is rather slothful. And if those tiny jaws keep clamping themselves all the time in all the wrong places – ouch! – you needn’t be concerned (if you can disregard the pain): learning how to bite accounts for as much as four- fifths of puppy playtime.

But then comes that most difficult of moments: for after the first eight weeks or so, it’s time for our puppies to find a new home. Come back at the same time next week to find out how they fare, out there in the big wide world. For owners and dogs alike, there’s so much to relish and to learn in the great adventure of this thing called life.






NOT TO BE MISSED...

THE SECRET LIFE OF SUE TOWNSEND (AGED 68¾) Sat, BBC2, 9pm
Julie walters is the narrator for a loving look back at the life of the late author (below) who gave the world the comic brilliance of Adrian Mole.

TUTANKHAMUN Sun, ITV, 9pm
The pharaoh’s tomb is reopened in a lavish new drama starring Max Irons (below) as Egyptologist howard carter and Sam Neill as his backer Lord carnarvon.

SLEUTHS, SPIES & SORCERERS Andrew Marr’s Paperback Heroes Mon, BBC4, 9pm
Marr celebrates famous fictional spies in an erudite three- part series.


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