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Old 12-10-2012, 09:38 AM
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User CP in the top green bar. When you click it it brings you to your page and you just locate avatar on the list ont he left.
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Lots of good advice!

Our puppy was aloof upon adopting, and when she started coming out of her shell, my husband was the clear favorite out of the two of us. I also am at home all day, and it almost felt like he was the "fun one" since I was around all the time doing all the mundane things. Anyway, I found that our bond was just a slow burning one, and since I'm the one that does most of the training (both practical things and tricks), we really bonded through that. It's been really rewarding to see our relationship blossom over the last few months, going from her practically ignoring me to her making sure she jumps up to give me good morning kisses before she goes out with Dad. Make sure you have special activities with Brigly and as you know, lots and lots and lots of patience. I invited Penny to do everything with me, no matter how mundane--even coming to the bathroom to watch me brush my teeth!

I also talk to Penny a lot. I probably look like a crazy person, but she seems to like that I talk to her like a human, and Brigly may too.
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:55 AM
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Hi All,

Just wanted to write a 5 month-ish follow up. (post adoption that is).
It's crazy how stressed I was about all this. But yeah - being a new puppy mom *was* really hard and stressful... and at this point I can't believe it's already been almost 5 months since we've had him. He is such a natural part of our lives now.

We used to crate him at night but typically now he just sleeps with us - sometimes at the foot of our bed, sometimes with his head on one of our chests/arms - it's even kind of fun to wake up and see who he's decided to cuddle up with. This morning he was on his dad's stomach curled up to my arm and side (as I had my head on my husband's chest as well).

I just wanted to say thanks for giving me an outlet to express my anxiety several months ago. And to let you all know that Brigly is doing great and you guys were right

-Val!
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Old 04-29-2013, 04:22 PM
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My 8 week old little sweetheart barks and whines most of the time when she needs to go. I use the pads in her crate at night in case of an accident. We used the pads on our other pup but decided to end that and just take her outside very often. Two reasons not to use them for us was, they are too expensive and they are annoying.
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I was a mess the first month I had Bentley, We are now so closely bonded, I love him with every fiber of my heart.. I swore I would never do that again, get another puppy or dog, when he was little, then it was maybe I will get an adult dog again someday.. well guess what, Bentley is not even 2 yet, and I just brought home Velvet, who will be 10 weeks tomorrow.. got her 10 days ago.. I loved her the second I met her. It is totally different this time, I am totally happy she is here, and love her as much as I love Bentley. I think getting your first puppy is a huge adjustment and lifestyle change.. plus puppies are TONS of work. once they get older they mature and get way easier. Have you looked into a puppy training class, or a private trainer? I found that really helped me, I was unsure about what I was doing training Bentley and the reassurance helped, also learning what I was doing incorrectly helped too!
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Oh my goodness, you sound like a typical Mom with a new baby...and that's okay...really, new puppies and new little humans are very similar...and quite overwhelming at times. First thing you have to do is get you some self confidence here. There are puppy training classes everywhere, find one that fits your schedule and budget and sign up today!

It will be great for you to network with other puppy people. And if you're doing training and your partner is doing training puppy gets the best of both of you. You also really don't have to be jealous. It's okay, you still have a puppy, if you're both involved in his care he'll grow to love both of you. With you probably spending more time with him, he'll probably grow closer to YOU in fact.

Potty training is probably why I always adopted adults...but there's a lot of people on the forum who can give you excellent advice about it...be positive, try to have a sense of humor about it. When you're potty training a human toddler you have to tell yourself he won't be going to high school in diapers, same thing with a puppy...this phase shall pass and he'll figure it out. You'll be fine, hugs and purrs...
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