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Don't know if I can do this!

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Hi There,
My brother's toy poodle had 4 pups recently and though I kept saying no to owning a pup, after 8 weeks of my brother asking and seeing how cute the pups were (and how much my daughter wanted one), I caved in and said yes to the last of the litter needing a home.
It's been a week since the pup came to our house and I am having major second thoughts which I feel terrible about! I knew it was going to be a lot of work but the reality of it seems even more crazy than I anticipated. I have 2 young kids (ages 7 and 4), 2 needy cats who are not getting the attention they are accustomed to, and this pup who I am constantly watching since I am trying to housetrain him. My younger child, though he likes the pup, seem upset since the pup is more apt to nip and bite him. SO, my house feels completely like a zoo.
I know it's only been a week and it'll probably get better but I am wondering if I am right for this in the first place! I am not enjoying this chaos and wonder if I ever will... I know, I sound really awful and I have been feeling terrible for feeling this way!!!
Plus, I just found a tick on the pup which makes me really scared since I am afraid of him bringing ticks and fleas to the house that can affect my kids and cats! Am I putting my kids and cats in harm's way? We already took the pup for his first check and he has had Revolution but how effective is it to control fleas/tick for the whole household?
As you can tell, I've never had a dog and am quite confused. I look at the pup and he is so cute and trusting - he really needs to be in a home where he will truly be loved. I take good care of him but I feel too stretched to enjoy it all and can't help but feel like I am exposing my family to potential harm with ticks and fleas. We have open space outside with deer and other animals so the cocern is high for ticks and fleas...
Should I start looking for a better home for our pup or am I being irrational? Thanks in advance for your help and for reading this long email.
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We've used Revolution before, when the papillons were puppies. It was good to keep off the fleas in the winter/spring time (we have fleas year round), but when summer rolled around it was less effective. Not quite sure why, but we switched to Advantage and it keeps to fleas off.

Puppies are huge commitments. I mean, this dog will be with you for another 10-13 years? Are you prepared for that?

It kind of sounds like you're just having trouble with the puppy stages, which is normal. If you want to give it a try, do sign up for puppy classes.
Make sure you tell your kids how to handle to puppy. I have a four year old sister, and when we brought home J.C. he went for her the most. He'd start nipping and she'd start running and he thought it was a big game. Even after he stopped nipping at other people he'd still go for her because he thought that's how he's supposed to play with her. We had to teach her not to run when he'd start nipping, and if he did, to tell him NO! and to ignore him (kind of a hard concept for a 4 year old). We were always right there around the two of them so we could correct the both of them (make sure she said NO! loud enough and was ignoring him, and we made sure he knew that he had to listen to her, even though she's not like the adults). This is just what we did to sort of help things out. Other people might have better ideas though.
Also, make sure you have plenty of chew toys on hand, teething comes soon!

But eventually if the pup does get trained properly, all the chaos will eventually settle.

If you do decide to give the pup up, you could try and find a poodle rescue in your area. They could help you find a good home for it.
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