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    Amy Maz is offline Junior Member
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    DefaultHello from Sunny Florida!

    Hello everyone!!
    My name is Amy and I'm new to the group. My boyfriend and I just got Murphy a pure breed yellow lab last Friday. He was born on Christmas Eve, so he will be 12 Weeks tomorrow. He is my first lab puppy. Growing up my family adopted Butterscotch a female yellow lab from family friends when she was 2. She was 13 when she passed from tumors on her stomach. She was the most amazing dog.

    My boyfriend, Brian and I live 20 minutes north of Ft Lauderdale. We share our home with Mack an 11 year old black Lab-Pit mix, Rusty a 6 year old red nose brindle Pit, and now Murphy.

    Since I've never trained a puppy, I'm looking to my new friends for any helpful advice, books, tricks that will help us with our training. As of now, we are still working on house training. I will walk him for 30 minutes with nothing, go inside instantly does his business. Seriously I'm going to have to buy stock in Bounty paper towels soon!! Since we do love in Florida Murphy loves flip flops! Even when they're on my feet! I know he will be teething soon, I've bought a couple o toys, the chill bone, and some other fun blue thing that says for teething. Looking for suggestions on any other sort of toys that will keep him off my sandals!

    I thank you in advance for any info you can send my way!!

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    hi and welcome.
    does he have the proper shots to be walking all over the place?
    i'd get a crate and get him into a schedule of eating, and going out to eliminate (use a phrase like 'get busy' or go potty" over and over again) and then making such a fuss when he does-either with verbal praise or treats.
    be consistent, be patient and let us know how it's going.

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    Welcome! It just takes time and consistency but it will happen. If you don't want something chewed it is best to put it away! There must be something about flip flops that fascinate a puppy, I have lost a few pairs!
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    Yep, flip flops are a delacacy here too. Sophie will have one disintigrated in a matter of minutes! Same for slippers. There's something about them that she can't resist. Has Murphy had his series of puppy shots? All of them? It's not safe to walk him till he's had them all. As far as house training...don't expect your puppy to think about going potty while on a walk. There is way too much to see for him to think about it. What you need to do, is take him outside, go out the same door and with him leashed go to the same spot. Issue the command, (whatever term you decide on) before you go out the door, and when you get to the potty spot. Be patient. Once he goes, praise him like crazy! You need to take him out a few minutes after eating, sleeping or playing hard. Welcome to the forum!
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    BTW - bully sticks and deer antlers worked wonderfully for chewing alternatives with my puppy.
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    Welcome!
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