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      Tips for preparing for puppy ?

      Any tips from everyones experience on preparing for when Lacy (8 weeks) comes home on Saturday, and tips for once she's home, Do's and dont's??

      All replies very appreciated!

      Lori 😊

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      Do buy lots of Paper Towels for cleaning accidents!!!
      Do have the camera nearby ALWAYS and take lots of pics and video!!!

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      Get a large kennel with a divider. Enjoy every minute with her. You won't believe how fast they become big dogs!

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      Stock up on Nature's Miracle.
      PUPPY PROOF EVERYTHING!

      Remember that Labrador puppies are spawns of Satan. They will chew everything. They are like furry little chainsaws with teeth. Come here to vent when you are totally frustrated.

      Potty training, take them out literally every 5 minutes when you can and throw a party like you won the Mega Millions when they go outside.

      Make sure you have lots of ice cubes available for teething.

      Take TONS of pictures and have LOADS of fun because puppies are the best.

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      I tried the puppy training pads.He made toys out of them. Plus 1 on the Nature's Miracle cleaner and lot's o' towels. Don'forget his bed. Kong toys are the best.

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      Get a LOT of SLEEP NOW! Because when the puppy comes, you can forget about uninterrupted sleep for a really long time! The large kennel with a divider is a great idea - and train her in it right away in the crate. Think about how you want to transport her (preferably in the same crate), buy a spray bottle of Nature's Miracle, get some baby gates for places where you do not want her to go, and plenty of chew toys. Pee pads also did not work for Barley - he thought they were fun new play things to rip apart. And YES - the camera is essential!

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      Agree on some of the rules ahead of time and make sure you enforce them! We constantly had to remind one another: "it's adorable now, but will it still be when he's 80 lbs?" Things like being allowed on the furniture, appropriate cuddling, etc.

      Of course we let him get away with everything and now we have an 80 lb lap dog with no concept of personal space. We knew that would happen and since it's just the two of us and he's our baby, we made the conscious decision to let him. What we did do was train an 'off' type of command to let him know when it's NOT appropriate and he's good at that. But we both had to be on the same page from the beginning!

      Have fun! Thor is just over a year old and I already miss that little adorable fur piranha. His parents just had another litter and if they didn't have a long waiting list I would snatch one of those pups up so fast!
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      I had chili sleep in his crate in my bedroom. I took him outside every hr or so to go potty in the spot I wanted him to go. I took him outside at 10pm or so at night for last potty before bed and woke up at 6am to potty when we woke up. never had a potty accident in crate. did training on recall, sit, down, stay, leave it, shake and leash walks. clipped his nails and brushed his teeth. gave him a bath or 2. things chili did that i missed. he chewed an outside door frame, it was stucco so I was worried about chemicals. plus i had to fix the damage. he ate some peeling paint off the walls, made peels larger. he always wanted to eat wires that were plugged into walls. ate power adapter to laptop, mouse, eyeglasses, socks and slippers, cellphone, remotes. takes constant supervision in the beginning and for me that supervision ended around 9 months old when I let him run freely in home/sleep with us outside crate. the better you train young, gain trust and respect, you will be good to go when its older and have more fun with your new pup. forgot to add, I socialized chili daily with other neighborhood dogs.
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      Archie is now 18 months old and relatively well behaved, but those early days were tough. Definitely the jug of Nature's Miracle. Archie was tethered to me in the house for at least six weeks, so you might want a lightweight/nylon, slightly longer leash.

      I have two kids, who were 7 and 9 at the time we got Arch, and one of the best things I did was have a trainer come to our house about 10 days after we got him. She was great at working directly with the kids -- what do you do when the puppy is biting you? What do you do when he's jumping up and you want him to stop? Etc. It really helped the family be on the same page. I was VERY sleep deprived those first few weeks so I appreciated having that neutral party to give advice.

      But really, what I found was that we just went to the local pet store every day for two weeks while we figured out what Archie needed! Like (human) babies, they don't need much other than food, water, a bed and love! Enjoy!

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      Quote Originally Posted by ChoppersDad View Post
      I tried the puppy training pads.He made toys out of them. Plus 1 on the Nature's Miracle cleaner and lot's o' towels. Don'forget his bed. Kong toys are the best.
      Mocha loved the pee pads - as toys! He would just shred them. But, they were good for soaking up accidents until they ran out.

      Patience and persistence! The thing that I was most unprepared for was the biting. I had finally convinced myself I would never ever be able to play with my puppy. I always had bites and scratches and torn clothes. It was much better by 5 months and all the wounds have healed. I expected a few sleepless nights, crate training issues, chewing, separation anxiety (mine) and potty training issues. But the puppy biting took me by surprise. So brace yourself and have plenty of patience and persistence!

      And post pictures

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