It's been six years since our last dog, Timmy, passed away, but we've finally decided the time is right to get another dog. He's an eight-week-old red merle collie named Tuilidh. I'd have preferred to leave him with his mum for a few more weeks, but that wasn't practical. My family have always had collies, but my last experience of a puppy was a long time ago and I'm hoping to avoid making any major mistakes. The plan is to enrol him (and me!) in puppy school once he's fully vaccinated, but I'd be grateful for any tips on training and entertaining in the meantime. We're currently working on toilet training, getting him to come when called and dropping things he shouldn't be chewing.