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Old 12-21-2012, 12:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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It's so hard to raise a puppy. Why does no one tell you that?!? I think they are so darn cute because that's the only way people would put up with their shenanigans.

I am realizing this only now because Gustave has started growing out of the puppy stage. He's not biting anymore. He sits still, sometimes even fall asleep as I brush him. He is potty trained. He can actually control himself now and not go crazy at every single thing. He walks nicely on leash. He doesn't stumble and flop around as he walks. And he listens.

All this makes me realize how hard it was when he was younger. I guess it also tells me things get easier as they get older. Most of all it makes me nostalgic already about his puppy phase. My baby's growing up but I am gonna miss his puppy ways and clumsiness.


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it IS hard work- but, like you said, oh so worth it That being said, I love the comfort of having a potty-trained dog who has some self-control! I think young puppy and somewhat harder to cuddle with too. :-D this is why we say "enjoy puppyhood!"
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Awe Gustave, you're a big boy now! Your mommy is doing a great job with you and there is hope for me reading this. I hope Dom goes on the same path!


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I apparently love the puppy stage also, since I've gone through it 4 times in not even 3 years!!! It is a lot of work, but doesn't it go fast? Dewey has calmed down quite a bit too, but in the evening they all get wound up, and it's like puppy hood all over again!!!! I love all of mine so much, and wouldn't change the ages or spacing of them for anything!! It all worked for me!!! Maybe Gustave needs a brother or sister?
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Haha, my husband will flip out if he hears this! Current plan is to think about giving him a skin sibling in 2-3 years. But we have a history of plans changing, so who knows.



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And that's why I got Tyler as an 8-month-old. All the pain in the derriere stuff was done at the breeders.
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Oh those are nice too!!! More work than puppies, and it doesn't end at a year old, !!!!
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Just wait! You've got more puppy stuff to go through. The second half of the first year is the "teenage stage" and Gustave will keep you on your toes!
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Just wait! You've got more puppy stuff to go through. The second half of the first year is the "teenage stage" and Gustave will keep you on your toes!
Haha, yes. It has started. He is definitely rebelling. He even likes timeouts now!


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Just wait! You've got more puppy stuff to go through. The second half of the first year is the "teenage stage" and Gustave will keep you on your toes!
Ha ha, Marj, I wasn't going to tell her !!!
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