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Every day, our Lab puppy gets a little wilder. Biting, chewing on things, using the potty inside. I know she is pup and will outgrow this behavior (I hope), but it has been so long since I had a puppy that I don't remember what this was like. She was doing great with the pottying outside. I still take her out every 30 minutes, but now a lot of time, she will not go outside and as soon as we come back in, she will go. Any advice?
 

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How old is your puppy ? How much time are you giving her to do its thing outside? I remember sitting outside for 45 mins. in -20 weather waiting . It wasnt nice .

The best thing I have found for my pup who loves to chew , raw lamb shoulder bones. I get them straight from our butcher for CHEAP . He wont even look at his bully stick if he has one of those bones on the go.
 

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She is seven weeks old. We stay outside at times for 30 plus minutes. I just worry she is getting in the habit of coming back in and going to potty.
 

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Trust me, it gets worse before it gets better.

I was recently talking to a man who got a Lab pup (now 10 months old) because his kids were all grown and out of the house. He'd owned Labs before. He kept saying: "I can't imagine how I totally forgot about the part where it's like having a self-propelled chainsaw flying around the house and destroying everything in its path". They grow up to be terrific companions, but they aren't usually born that way. Once they become worm food you forget the trying times.
 

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Our lab mix was so easy we got her when she was 8 weeks old and she was a breeze our new puppy is like the chainsaw thing you said that is so funny lol
 

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7 weeks....just an infant really. Not even a baby, an infant. Labs are crazy---the chain saw analogy is terrific. If you think she's bad now at 7 weeks, wait until she's 7 months old! Labs don't settle down until they're about 18 months old, maybe later. They are a sporting breed, very active, made to break through 70 feet of iced-over slough to retrieve a fallen duck.

So lots of exercise is important, for your sanity and hers. Not just physical exercise, but mental exercise, too. So teach her to do lots of fun tricks, not just useful commands. Anything to use her mind enough to tire her out. We used to play hide-and-seek with my Lab. And we'd go out at least 3-4 times a day to throw her toy for her to fetch, and we threw it at least 10 times a session. Phew! I don't know if I'll ever have another Lab. If I do, I'll get an older dog, not a puppy.
 

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A lot of people make the mistake of thinking their dogs' behaviour will disappear once she mellows and matures... it does, but to a very limited extent. If you let her get away with chewing furniture now because she's a pup, she's going to be chewing furniture forever. Likewise, if she's allowed to potty in the house, she isn't going to be magically potty-trained once she hits adult stage.

Please read the training stickies in the Training and First Time Dog Owners section of Dogforums, and if possible enroll in a puppy class. They will help cover most puppy issues like barking, digging, jumping, play-biting, chewing, potty-training and basic obedience. It also provides great socialisation for your pup which is arguably the most essential thing for your dog right now if you want to avoid behavioural issues in the future.

The others are right, though... puppyhood is NOTHING compared to adolescence... when she hits the teenager stage you'll know what we mean. ;) Enjoy your ball of fluff for now before she turns into a four-legged hurricane!
 
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