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Hi all, firstly this forum is awesome, thank you for your input.

I pick up my little puppy at 8.5 weeks at the end of May. We have 2 little kids (6 and 4) and am almost dreading how weíll cope! Can i ask you experienced and seasoned veterans what a typical day should consist of in the first couple of weeks which i suspect will be the hardest to nurture him. I wake up at 5a, leave for work in London at 6a and my wife and the kids wake at 7.30a for school. Should i wake a little earlier and take him outside for potty and bring him back in to play for a while and then leave for work, or should i leave him asleep (if he remains asleep!) and let my wife deal with it. So many questions and i really donít know the answers!

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Hi all, firstly this forum is awesome, thank you for your input.

I pick up my little puppy at 8.5 weeks at the end of May. We have 2 little kids (6 and 4) and am almost dreading how weíll cope! Can i ask you experienced and seasoned veterans what a typical day should consist of in the first couple of weeks which i suspect will be the hardest to nurture him. I wake up at 5a, leave for work in London at 6a and my wife and the kids wake at 7.30a for school. Should i wake a little earlier and take him outside for potty and bring him back in to play for a while and then leave for work, or should i leave him asleep (if he remains asleep!) and let my wife deal with it. So many questions and i really donít know the answers!

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I hate to tell you this, but having a new puppy is like having an infant child. You are sort of on the newborn's schedule. You can't decide ahead of time. You are going to have to see what your puppy needs and work around that. The GOOD news is that they don't STAY puppies for NEARLY as long as kids stay kids. So try to relax, go with the flow, and take lots of photos.


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And something to be aware of too.. there is something called the Puppy Blues.. kind of like the Baby Blues..where you will wonder WHY WHY WHY you got a puppy because.. it can be HARD. Denver was the easiest puppy we've had..but there were still times when I felt like banging my head against the wall

Karen's advice is good. I know I had all these plans, thoughts on what had to be done, what we needed to do, etc etc.. and then when I relaxed and just let stuff happen and not be so "on guard", life got easier. The only thing I didn't relax was going outside every 30 mins while awake. LOL. Just roll with it

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I wake up at 5a, leave for work in London at 6a and my wife and the kids wake at 7.30a for school. Should i wake a little earlier and take him outside for potty and bring him back in to play for a while and then leave for work
On behalf of your wife, YES PLEASE! Please don’t leave her with a 4 and 6 year old to get ready on her own and a puppy who hasn’t gone potty yet and has been holding it all night. She’s still going to have to take him out, but at least it won’t be as urgent in the middle of the morning chaos.

I really suggest setting up a schedule like you’ve suggested, to continue through the day. Since you’re kids are so young, they aren’t going to be taking the puppy out, but it’s going to directly impact their routine, and it will help if they’re invested in “helping” with the puppy’s schedule. It will be a lot easier on the puppy, young children, and you as parents, to have a potty and puppy schedule that fits in with your routine.

Like Karen said, you’ll have to be flexible. But I still think you can have a schedule and it will be helpful, it just needs to be adjusted based on the puppy’s individual needs. It doesn’t need to be really rigid. But it does help to have an outline and revisit it frequently as the puppy needs to go out less often, etc. And know there will still be times when he might wake you up to go potty once in a while.

It is overwhelming at first, but it becomes worth it very quickly. That play time before work will help you connect with the puppy and it won’t feel like as much of a hassle.
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Trying to think of an example, but for instance if your kids’ routine is
Dress
breakfast
brush teeth
backpacks

You might try:

Puppy potty
breakfast
Dress
brush teeth
backpacks
Puppy potty
play with puppy for 5 minutes if ready on time

But you might find if your kids don’t dress quickly, maybe be needs to go potty again right after breakfast, and you need to make adjustments, etc.
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And something to be aware of too.. there is something called the Puppy Blues.. kind of like the Baby Blues..where you will wonder WHY WHY WHY you got a puppy because.. it can be HARD. Denver was the easiest puppy we've had..but there were still times when I felt like banging my head against the wall

Karen's advice is good. I know I had all these plans, thoughts on what had to be done, what we needed to do, etc etc.. and then when I relaxed and just let stuff happen and not be so "on guard", life got easier. The only thing I didn't relax was going outside every 30 mins while awake. LOL. Just roll with it
I'll second that! With all three of ours, there was at least one early morning (or mid-afternoon) when we thought, "WHAT have we DONE?!?!?"

Then... You remember there is a REASON they are so.darned.cute. Because if they weren't, we'd just go right out and drown them! LOL!
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Thank you all for your responses, so kind. Thankfully I have recent experience of dealing with little ones! Like mentioned I think Iíll wake up 30mins earlier and take him out for potty. Should I wake him if he is asleep though? We definitely need a routine and Iím sure weíll get in the swing of things. I remember being more scared than ever when both of mine were born and weíre a-ok right now! He is definitely a cutie, he is only 3 weeks old. I get weekly updates from the breeder every weekend so I will post a pic on here soon.


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Thank you all for your responses, so kind. Thankfully I have recent experience of dealing with little ones! Like mentioned I think Iíll wake up 30mins earlier and take him out for potty. Should I wake him if he is asleep though? We definitely need a routine and Iím sure weíll get in the swing of things. I remember being more scared than ever when both of mine were born and weíre a-ok right now! He is definitely a cutie, he is only 3 weeks old. I get weekly updates from the breeder every weekend so I will post a pic on here soon.


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It's pretty unlikely that he will sleep through you getting up.


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It's pretty unlikely that he will sleep through you getting up.


Canít wait till the end of May. Thank you. 5 hour drive to collect him though


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You'll be fine Plan some stops on the way home We had an hour and 45 minutes and had to stop about an hour in
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