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Old 11-09-2006, 06:19 PM   #1
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Hi everyone. We recently adopted a yellow lab from the local shelter.
She is now about 10 weeks old. I have had puppies in the past and I am just feeling kinda down because all my day is consumed by her.
I also have a 5 year old son and I feel bad. I feel like she will never get housebroken and she has been doing well. Has anyone else felt this way before?

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Old 11-09-2006, 06:32 PM   #2
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I haven't but I'm sure it's really hard with a young child too. I know it's difficult when you're feeling down but I have no doubt (as all puppies are!) yours is gorgeous and bubbly and has loads to offer you in terms of smiles and laughter. My yellow lab is only 10 weeks older than yours and already she's starting to look and behave more and more like a dog and I miss her gorgeous baby puppy stage already!

Why not get a ball out and play fetch? It always makes me laugh to see a little uncoordinated pup jumping after a ball

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Chin up! Puppies don't stay puppies forever. It is a challenge, and depressing as they eat the house and pee on the carpet right after you let them back in, but you get through it. All you can do is keep your pups, human and canine, trained and busy. Don't give up. It does get better.
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Old 11-09-2006, 07:49 PM   #4
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Thanks so much for the votes of confidence.
I know it wont be forever but I guess I just get down about it sometimes.
I enjoy the puppyhood to a point. I guess I am more the already housebroken kinda gal LOL.
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Hang in there!
Do you miss the days when you had to change your son's diapers? (I am assuming the answer is yes not that you miss the diapers, but you miss the babyness). It will be the same with your puppy, and he/she will be housebroken much sooner than a human baby!
If you play your cards right, the payoff will be when your son has a buddy in the dog. Sometimes I wish I had a little boy to burn off our dogs' energy!!
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I know what you mean. I guess I am just worrying too much.
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It gets better.
My yellow lab puppy is 15 weeks. I got her when she was 6 weeks (too young) and I really miss those early puppy days. But I am happy that she is almost housebroken, is completely crate trained and knows how to sit. She is fairly well behaved but can still be a wild beastie.
IMHO, you need to stay consistent with the training and give the pup lots of exercise. The NILIF method is wonderful, in my experience, they really respond well to that type of training. My pup is still confined to the kitchen, until she is 100% housebroken and done with her puppy chewing stage. It just makes everything easier. Less for her to get into & easy to clean up any accidents.

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Old 11-12-2006, 05:58 AM   #8
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We've got two pups and, because I work from home, I am the one looking after them a lot more than my partner. Even at weekends, I am the one to get up and give them breakfast, my partner can't be bothered getting up.
I spent two weeks quite depressed too at the beginning, thinking I wouldn't be able to cope but I feel better now.
It will get better for you too, I am sure!

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