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I think this is a very important lesson to learn. Dogs are NOT toys, and they require a lot of care. Better for your children to learn this now.
I'm not sure how old Zoey is, baut assuming she is in the 9-12 year old range, you both have children that are the right age, as long as they are properly instructed and are trustworthy to follow directions, that they can take over part of the care of the puppy, and that may help strengthen the bond. If nothing else, it will teach your children responsibility to another family member. because that's what that new puppy is.
It may ALWAYS be that your puppy prefers one family member over another, but that doesn't mean that they won't have a GOOD relationship with everyone else too. But the children have to do their part. Remind them that not only is it their responsibility to do more in terms of relationship building just because they have the bigger brain, but also that a 12 week old puppy is still a LITTLE baby. Even adults seem to forget that rather quickly. The animal you have now is not the one you will have in a year. What your family puts INTO that animal NOW, in large part, determines what kind of dog he will be in a year or two.
I hope both of you have signed your puppies up for puppy kindergarten by now, and I hope you chose a time when your children can accompany you and help in their training. A good trainer will also be able to answer your children's questions in terms of what can be expected of the puppies at any particular age.
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