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Note to self: no whining, no slacking
Double Trouble
Well it was either this or another hole in my head. I'm still not sure I made the right choice. We have TWO new golden retriever puppies, just weaned. They are named Jake and Buddy (obviously two males) and here is their pitcher.

Yep, I was up every 1-2 hours last night to take them out to pee pee. Yep, I'm tired. Yep, I work the next two nights and it will be Allie's turn, PLUS she has the (real) boys during the day to take care of. But, she asked for it knowing full well this was going to happen. In a couple of weeks, give or take, they should be able to "hold their water" all night. Hopefully by then the I-miss-my-mommy-yipes will have subsided as well. It's funny to see two tiny pups howling like a wolf at the moon in unison, though. But it does disturb one's sleep.

Two words. Puppy breath. Sigh. (I know you're all jealous)

Current Mood: Frazzled
Current Music: "Who Let The Dogs Out" - Baja Men

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mcbarnes1970 From: mcbarnes1970 Date: March 12th, 2004 09:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Okay, a few words of advice as a former dog trainer:

1) You want them to sleep better at night? Put a t-shirt in bed with them. Preferably one you have worn all day. The smell of it will make them feel more at ease, and it will help them bond to you much better as their new pack leader.

2) Socialize, socializ, socialize! From 8-9 weeks until 16 weeks, they are impressionable and all the good experiences they have during this time period will make the biggest impact on their personality. Try to get them socialized separate from one another when at all possible. Siblings tend to stick together if you don't remove them from one another, which makes for dogs who don't like other dogs in social situations. When they get a little bigger, perhaps you can come over and we'll let them play with my dog Dixie - she is great with puppies!

3) Puppy Kindergarten and Obedience Training is your friend! One of my neighbors has three Golden Retrievers, and they are very good dogs. All of them do (or have) competed in Agility and other contests, and she is a member of a training club in Winston.
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: March 13th, 2004 05:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks Michael!

1) I put the shirt in there like you said. I think they did better for my wife as a result (I was at work, it was night #2).

2) We took them straight to PetSmart after we got them and they encouraged us to get them in a training program when they are a little older (at $90 a pop, er pup) for the same reasons you stated. I expect we will do that. And it would be nice to bring them to meet Dixie when they get a little bigger, and before they get too big.

3) We have always had "mutts" and only got these (without papers) because they were inexpensive. They are full blooded, but we didn't/don't care about breeding them, etc. We have good experiences with retriever mixes and knew they were good dogs when we heard about these.
mcbarnes1970 From: mcbarnes1970 Date: March 13th, 2004 11:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I used to train for Petsmart and I will say that their program is a very good one. My only suggestion is that you take them to separate classes for the reasons I cited before. Sibilings are funny that way.
alphapythia From: alphapythia Date: March 12th, 2004 10:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't even like puppies and awwwwwwwwwwwwww...

I love me some dogs though.
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: March 13th, 2004 05:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Don't like puppies? I worry about you Sophia! ;-) But, I had you figured for a cat person anyway. Allie and I both love dogs. When we first got married, our dog slept on our bed. Later, we had two dogs, totaling about 150 pounds (at a guess) that frequently slept on our bed. I started running them off when I had to compete with them for space!
alphapythia From: alphapythia Date: March 13th, 2004 02:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh no, I'm a dog person all the way. I like cats too--- but nothing competes with my dog, who also sleeps in the bed with us.

Other people's puppies and kittens are fine, but I much prefer a housetrained, calmed down, well-behaved cat or dog.
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aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: March 13th, 2004 05:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Then, you must move somewhere with a bigger yard when you move, right? Sounds like a plan.

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