Post # 1
So, we got our first puppy together last week! She’s about to be 9 weeks now.
I love her to death.
BUT OH MY GOODNESS. After one week, I am exhausted. This is a tough stage! My evenings after work now consist of constant potty breaks, “no”, and trying to keep from getting bit or chewed on. Can’t take my eyes off her for a second. The house is a mess because I have no time to do anything else, haha. Maybe this is preparing me for children somewhat …
I know training will pay off in the long run, but right now, it feels like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. There’s just so much to do!
Also, she isn’t interested in cuddling whatsoever right now. Just play play play, wrestle wrestle wrestle. I JUST WANT TO CUDDLE HER AND SQUEEZE HER. She has been a little angel when it comes to potty and crate training. She has already started heading toward the door when she needs to go out and only wakes up 1-2 times a night.
Any other new puppy owners? How are you doing?
Post # 2
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 # 3
danakins16: Oh, he is adorable. My parents have an 8-year old german shepherd, so I’m pretty familiar with them! We actually wanted one initially but settled on a lab.
AH, THE FURNITURE CHEWING! We just ordered a spray to use on the bottom of all our furniture. We only keep her in one room right now (the basement where there is no carpet), and she loves the bookshelves and desk and door frames, etc.
Glad to know I’m not the only one to experience anxiety/stess with a new pup. It’s just a lot to get used to! I know it’ll be worth it. Do you ever feel guilty for constantly getting on to your pup? I do. But I know being on top of her constantly is crucial.
Post # 4
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
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
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
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
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
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 # 10
Boxerlover24: Yes … we’re wanting to get a second time eventually, but I don’t think I can do this again anytime soon haha. Might just go the rescue route for the next one.
AOriver: The chewing is awful! You lucked out there. Thanks for the encouraging words.
danakins16: This is what we ordered: http://www.petsmart.com/dog/skin-coat-care/grannicks-bitter-apple-spray-zid36-13628/cat-36-catid-100057. Hopefully it works!
SavannahJ051212: That face …… adorable.
sassy411: Sounds like a beautiful dog. We’ve been doing a lot of food reward training with the potty and crate training. Just started on sit and she already has it mastered. I love that you call them puppy push-ups.
Post # 11
A few little milestones today:
1. She let me love on her without biting or fighting for about 30 seconds.
2. She has mastered ‘sit’ in just a couple hours.
3. We took a short walk on the leash! Yesterday, she was NOT having the leash. Threw a fit over it. Today was much better.
I know patience is key.
Oh, and she has learned how to climb the stairs. So pray for me.
Post # 12
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
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
- 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
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….