New here. Puppy as yet unnamed
We have a new lab puppy (11.5 weeks) who is as yet unnamed. We're narrowing in on a name but for right now she answers to "baby" and "puppy".
We've had a lab and a lab mix before, but this is our first puppy. Our first dog (black lab) was adopted through a friend when she was a year old. He was the breeder and had given her to a family member, only to take her back because they weren't training her properly. She was a wonderful dog named Belle and lived to be 13. Our next dog was a true rescue and was we believe, a lab and golden mix with maybe something else mixed in. She was a reddish color and very large for a female lab. She got lymphoma last summer and died in December at around 7 years. After that experience we decided that our children (12 and 15) are old enough to help with a puppy and we wanted a pure bred dog this time.
Puppy came home with us last Saturday (Ap 30) and so far we've been delighted. Only 'accidents' have been our fault when we just didn't get to the door quickly enough. She gives good signals, just not much warning! She sleeps all through the night in her crate, the breeder had been training the puppies to sleep in crates from 7 weeks and she sent us home with a puppy sized crate and a blanket from one of the other puppies' crates so that baby would smell her brother. We expected some noise the first night be she's been really good! She's also good for the hour or two we leave her in the crate at a time during the day.
The only thing we've got going now, other than the lack of a name, is the teething on furniture and power cords. We've tried "Bitter Yuck" but apparently she likes that flavor...I just moved the antique oak rocking chair out of the family room a little while ago when she started trying to pull the braid off the upholstery! Power cords have been hidden as much as possible and we're just not letting her out of our sight (hadn't been doing that anyway, I was watching her when she went for the chair!)
Glad to find these forums, I bet we'll have lots of questions!