Fellow new puppy owners …are you surviving?!

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
87 posts
Worker bee

As I was reading your post I was like yup yup and yup. I am going through everything you just mentioned. We’ve had our german shepherd close to a month now and he just turned four months. All he wants to do is play and chew. I’ve already lost a dining room chair leg from taking my eyes off him for five minutes. It did get better from when we first got him though. We give him bones to chew on instead of the furniture which helped a lot. The first week though I had so much anxiety because of my new schedule and like you said the constant potty breaks, but it is better now,just have to get into a consistent routine with them. But good luck and your puppy is just adorable! Here’s a picture of mine. 

Post # 4
2540 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Rue7514:  danakins16:  Just wanted to pop in and say hang in there! My puppy ( who is now 3) took 6 mo to potty train. It will get better. I promise!

For reals puppy stage is the worst. I want a second dog but am fearing the puppy/baby stage too much to get another dog lol. I just don’t want to do it again! ( our dog would absolutely need a younger/submissive pup in our household so adopting an older dog is almost out of the question sadly)

Post # 5
1732 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We got a second puppy in February. She was 11 weeks when we got her & I was 100% going through exactly what you are! Except I was also trying to get my older dog to learn how to play “gently”. Now she’s 8 months old and it’s a million times better!!! Work on your training. It will be SO worth it in the end. My pup is now 99% potty trained (accidents are very few & far between), she sits, stays & lays. And we’re working on “off” & no jumping. Luckily the breed we have are not chewers. I would have a hard time dealing with that :-/ It’s a long process but you’ll be very happy you stuck with it! 

Post # 6
87 posts
Worker bee

Rue7514:  First off where do I get that spray?!?!? Lol and second I don’t feel guilty being on top of him mostly because he’s almost always at my feet wanting some kind of attention. I’m sure your puppy will soon be tripping you when you least expect it. 

Boxerlover24:  Haha I keep saying I wouldn’t mind getting another dog but it will have to be passed the puppy stage like a year or so I don’t know if I could go through this again either. 

Post # 7
1244 posts
Bumble bee

Yep.  We don’t have a new puppy but that’s how it was with my first puppy.  Very hyper and destructive.  I had a couch (biggest purchase that I had done by myself) in perfect condition for a year….until he came into the picture.  I had to work and the roommates left him unattended.  He tore holes in both loveseat and couch. He also got himself locked in the bathroom and he chewed the bottom off so he could get out.  I didn’t grow up with kennels so I didn’t do it with him, big mistake. Even with all the trouble, I love him and couldn’t get rid of him. Good luck with your precious little girl!  Here is my troublemaker, almost 5 years old

Post # 8
215 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

My puppies are going on 6 months now but we got them at 8 weeks and boy was it difficult at first. A lot of sleepless nights and accidents but so worth it. 

Dont worry, you can get through it. Just keep up the training and you’ll come out like a champ 😉 congrats on being a new puppy parent, it’s the best! 

Post # 9
5095 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

We have a new addition, too.  A German Shepherd bred from East & West German working lines so in addition to your typical puppy antics, we’ve got his high drive to contend with.  He’s very mouthy, which I expected.  He’s bred for specialized training which we’ll be starting right after his last shots.

He’s also very loving, attentive, smart & stubborn.  I started his obedience with food at 8 wks & he really excels at it–he’s a food piggy, which makes training really easy.

He picked up the crate idea really fast & has potty figured out.  When he gets a bad case of the zoomies, I have him do puppy push ups.  Sitz, platz (sit, down) over & over to wear him out & teach him at the same time.  I’m using the clicker with him.

Because the temps are so high here, we’re limited to indoor activities now, so I take the time to put his basic obedience on him, all motivationally, for food.  It helps get control over him & tires him out at the same time.  After obed, we play, then potty & he’s ready for a nap.

Post # 12
1244 posts
Bumble bee

Yeah, he’s my cute little troublemaker that daddy spoils.  That’s after he started a fight with our other dog.  The other one always gets the better of him but he always tries.  

Post # 13
2115 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Puppies are SO HARD. My fiance and I adopted this little cutie (Sansa Bark for all you Game of Thrones fans), at 10 weeks old, and I pretty much hated her until a couple weeks ago – she’s 16 weeks now, and since she’s finally done with her shots, we can take her on walks, to puppy day camp, and a lot of other things to get her energy out. But yeah, I’m pretty sure I’ll never get a puppy again!

Post # 14
2340 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

Puppies are so much work!  At just over a year old, I wouldn’t trade him or the experience for the world!  I’d be lying if I told you that we completely enjoyed it haha.  He is such a good dog now though so far ..hang in there!  I promise there is light at the end of the tunnel 😉

Post # 15
912 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

kellz1207:  OMG your pups are adorable!!  We have a mini red doxie who we LOVE an insane amount.  She’s currently camped out on my lap asking for scratches behind the ears.

Our little girl is just over a year now and we got her when she was 9 weeks.  It was HARD.  I now fully understand when they say that doxies are stubborn to train.  But she’s the friendliest dog I know so we feel like successful puppy parents.  We’re glad we did the puppy thing but we’ve both agreed that our next doxie will be a little bit older!

And an obligatory puppy pic….



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