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Things are so much easier now

I admit I was greatly overwhelmed when we first brought Stella home. There were sooo many things she had to learn and challenge after challenge with training. But I tried to view each as a puzzle to solve and felt awesome when I’d start seeing her practice good behaviors!! Things started to improve a lot by the time she got to 13 weeks I would say. (She’s 16 weeks now and has improved even more since) So about a month of constant, consistent training.

It would be absolutely exhausting. Taking her outside every 5-15 minutes, with no way of really knowing when she had to go and just hoping you caught it on time, and hoping she would eventually go while you were out there and wouldn’t go right when you got back inside. Constant teaching of things like bite inhibition and what not to chew on, which I realized I didn’t just have to teach the dog, I had to teach my whole family too to keep the training consistent!! Her screaming like a wounded monkey when we’d put her in the kennel at night. Having to set my alarm to get up during the night to let her out, and my mom having to take early mornings with her sometimes as early as 4:30, averaging around 5 am!! Realizing she could fit through the gates in our backyard and having to “puppy proof” entire chunks of our backyard so she couldn’t find a way out to the road or the neighbors’ big dogs, me out in 90 degree weather with garden mesh and zip ties getting eaten alive by mosquitos.

Yeah. Puppies are not for the faint of heart!! But now things are just so, so much easier. She knows to wait at the door to go out. She only goes like once every 30 mins-an hour now. She sleeps perfectly through the night and wakes up when my mom does. Sometimes she’s content now to just sit and quietly chew a bone for ages. She understands a lot of different commands now and for the most part is quite well behaved. So anyone who’s having a miserable time of it now like I was, just know it does get better!! I feel like I am finally starting to enjoy my time spent with her, and can relax more instead of having it be all about constant stress of proper training and the drudgery of many many many trips outside for pottying. And I am very grateful for that 🙂
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Just remember that her 8-16 week period is infanthood. You are training an animal that should be part of your family for the next 12-16 YEARS. 4-8 weeks... even the YEAR. Or more it will take for her to become a mature, fully trained (in terms of household manners) is a drp in tge bucket. It is so important for people to keep their eye on the prize. The first few weeks are nothing in the scheme of things.

Your post, however, IS a good warning to others... people who are not willing/able to live through those early weeks are better off getting a young adult/ older puppy. There will still be training challenges, but they wonít be dealing with avery immature brain and body systems.


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I can sympathize! Our girl just turned 16 weeks too, & it has been an exausting couple of months, of course we are seniors who were used to the quiet days you have with only a senior dog in the house. These little ones can fit into places that you never dreamed of having to puppy proof. The last couple of days she has made it behind the tv/sterio where the wires are everywhere, & you canít fit to get her out! She is always like Ďwhat? whatís the problem?!í On the other hand of it all, she is like sunshine with her happy demeanor & joy of life, bringing us laughs & smiles everyday. Worth it!
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I can sympathize! Our girl just turned 16 weeks too, & it has been an exausting couple of months, of course we are seniors who were used to the quiet days you have with only a senior dog in the house. These little ones can fit into places that you never dreamed of having to puppy proof. The last couple of days she has made it behind the tv/sterio where the wires are everywhere, & you canít fit to get her out! She is always like Ďwhat? whatís the problem?!í On the other hand of it all, she is like sunshine with her happy demeanor & joy of life, bringing us laughs & smiles everyday. Worth it!
Neither of our girls was a ďcordproblemĒ. But Kodi FIXATED on them, and it was really dangerous. We tried keeping them iut of his way, but you can only do so much of that. We tried bitter apple... bring it on!!! We found the solution in REALLY hot hot sauce. He put it in his mouth ONCE, and backed away scraming and pawing at his mouth. I felt a LITTLE bad, but knew that although it hurt, it wouldnít harm him. He NEVER touched anything with a dab of hot sauce on it again! If he even s,elled it, heíd back away. There is something to be said for single trial learning.

I am NOT a fan of punishment based training, but when itís a life or death learning situation, you have to nip it in the bud!


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Krandall, I am aware and it’s not like I’ve just stopped all of her training. I have had two dogs before and I’ve been taking care of dogs my entire life. With puppies I don’t have as much experience though as I was quite young when our first dog was a puppy. Now we are entering into territory I’m familiar with so I feel a lot better.
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I can sympathize! Our girl just turned 16 weeks too, & it has been an exausting couple of months, of course we are seniors who were used to the quiet days you have with only a senior dog in the house. These little ones can fit into places that you never dreamed of having to puppy proof. The last couple of days she has made it behind the tv/sterio where the wires are everywhere, & you can’t fit to get her out! She is always like ‘what? what’s the problem?!’ On the other hand of it all, she is like sunshine with her happy demeanor & joy of life, bringing us laughs & smiles everyday. Worth it!
Hahaha Stella likes to sleep behind the couch sometimes. Thank goodness our tv is built into the wall that would terrify me too!
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Krandall, I am aware and itís not like Iíve just stopped all of her training. I have had two dogs before and Iíve been taking care of dogs my entire life. With puppies I donít have as much experience though as I was quite young when our first dog was a puppy. Now we are entering into territory Iím familiar with so I feel a lot better.
Oh, I am fully aware that you are not "stopping" training her now! And you've done a good job figuring out what to work on and getting the job done. I am sure you will CONTINUE doing a good job!

But I also think it's important that other people reading understand that very young puppies ARE a ton of work, but that the baby stage does go by very fast. It's important that they keep their eye on the prize (that great adult dog!!!) so they don't totally sink into dispair! I've said many times... it's a good thing they are so cute... it's the only thing that keeps us from drowning them! LOL!
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You have been in a position where you have taken on the primary responsibility of training your puppy but donít have the freedom or control to do it your own way, and that is a tricky spot to be in. The fact that you are young and stuck with it really says a lot about you. Reading your threads is almost like reading a novel and watching the growth of a character - but you are a real person and this is your true story! You should be proud of what youíve accomplished, because from where I sit you have done a lot more than just work on training a puppy. I have no doubt you are going places in life.
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You have been in a position where you have taken on the primary responsibility of training your puppy but donít have the freedom or control to do it your own way, and that is a tricky spot to be in. The fact that you are young and stuck with it really says a lot about you. Reading your threads is almost like reading a novel and watching the growth of a character - but you are a real person and this is your true story! You should be proud of what youíve accomplished, because from where I sit you have done a lot more than just work on training a puppy. I have no doubt you are going places in life.
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Thank you that is wonderful of you to say. When I bring an animal in my life I make a dedication to them to care for them to the best of my ability for their full life, and they are my family. Even when things are hard. I feel that too many people adopt without understanding the work required for animal care and this results in so many animals being abandoned and I feel really strongly about that issue.

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