New puppy advice

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sparkle789 Fri 07-Dec-18 14:15:41

We are collecting our Labrador puppy tomorrow, I’m getting nervous.
Can I have some advice on the first few days. I’ve read a lab book but it suddenly feels a bit overwhelming.

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LittleLongDog Fri 07-Dec-18 14:42:59

Come and join us on the puppy support thread Sparkle.

I’m picking up my dachshund pup later today. I absolutely definitely have had ‘the fear’ building for a few days. But I’m taking that as a good sign that I’m aware I’m undertaking a huge responsibility and by going into it without considering the negatives.

Labs are just absolutely a fantastic breed! What a lovely choice.

cowfacemonkey Fri 07-Dec-18 22:40:10

You'll probably be in tears by day 3 and googling puppy depression by week 2 but I promise it gets easier!

TickleMyPickle Sat 08-Dec-18 09:16:52

How exciting! We got our fox red lab pup 3 months ago when he was 9 weeks old.
I slept downstairs with him for the first 3 nights while he got used to the house and his crate. After 3 nights he slept through and didn’t even need a wee during the night, he has the bladder of a camel.
Watch out for him trying to eat his own poo, ours did that for a week or so, grossed DH and the kids out!
I totally underestimated how hard it would all be, I regretted getting him for around a fortnight and then it all started to get easier.
He’s now such a wonderful addition to or family, wouldn’t change him for the world.
Please share a photo once he’s settled in

sparkle789 Sat 08-Dec-18 22:18:46

How is your pup settling in LittleLongDog?

Well day one has been ok, 2 wees and a poo inside. But he seems to be settling in ok. He hasn’t eaten much though.

I’m dreading puppy regret but good to know it will he short lived!

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sparkle789 Sat 08-Dec-18 22:19:33

Tickle he is gorgeous.

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HolyMerlot Sat 08-Dec-18 22:36:48

We are on day 18 with our Miniature Dachshund pup. I definitely had the fear in the days leading up to it and slept downstairs for the first two nights and then laid awake for 70% of the third night while he cried his heart out downstairs but he slept through on the fourth night and I felt like a new woman after three consecutive nights of about 2 hours sleep!

His toilet training is coming on OK but still quite a few accidents inside, but to be fair I keep forgetting we've only had him for just over a fortnight. My advice (which I have to keep telling myself) is to not expect too much of the pup too soon - while it may feel like you've never been without him even though it's been a matter of days, I have to remind myself how short a time it has actually been.

There are peaks and troughs of him sleeping for hours vs. being a hyper loon but I think we will see such a difference in him once he is fully vaccinated and can go for walks - I bet this will be even more so with a lovely Lab!


HolyMerlot Sat 08-Dec-18 22:38:39

Meant to say, our pup didn't each much, drink much or toilet much for the first 24-36 hours or so and while a part of me was definitely a little worried at the time, I realise now that it was just the change of environment etc so don't worry about that smile

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