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I love Kylie, I really do. She's a good girl, doing well and learning quickly.

But if I ever start to so much as think about getting another puppy, I would like someone to slap me soundly around the back of the head and tell me to go get a young adult. Or, better yet, a 4+ year old dog.
 

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I love Kylie, I really do. She's a good girl, doing well and learning quickly.

But if I ever start to so much as think about getting another puppy, I would like someone to slap me soundly around the back of the head and tell me to go get a young adult. Or, better yet, a 4+ year old dog.
Awwwe ... it will be over before you know it! :)
 

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I am in this spot right about now! My dog is 15 months and I have just talked to my breeder about another puppy. And I am thinking to myself " do you really wanna go through all that again!?" my brain is doing somersaults just thinking about it!

It's worth it in the end though remember! :)
 

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I am in this spot right about now! My dog is 15 months and I have just talked to my breeder about another puppy. And I am thinking to myself " do you really wanna go through all that again!?" my brain is doing somersaults just thinking about it!

It's worth it in the end though remember! :)
Yeaaah but my other dog came to me at several years old, already house broken, crate trained, and whose biggest issue has been teaching him to sit (show dog - does not want to sit, standing has been reenforced).

That said, I'm sure a year from now I'll be well on my way to forgetting the exhausting - and miss the baby-ness.
 

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Haha, I NEVER want another puppy! Ever! But of course you know I'll end up with a dumpster pup, too. Or an orphan litter. Or something else equally horrifying (and adorable). Such evil adorableness!
 

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Haha, I NEVER want another puppy! Ever! But of course you know I'll end up with a dumpster pup, too. Or an orphan litter. Or something else equally horrifying (and adorable). Such evil adorableness!
The universe certainly has a knack for waylaying plans. But man. I am not a puppy person. I don't regret having her, to be clear, but I'm looking forward to many years of happiness BEYOND this one. This one is... ground work to that.
 

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Puppyhood is reserved for special people who like to torture themselves :p but they are certainly great times!

I'm honestly surprised he didn't know how to sit o_O - all of the siberian breeders I talk to that show train their dogs to sit :O - they just don't use food to train the sit because food is reserved for the ring.
 

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Just remember to take loads of photos every day, because before you know it she will be all grown up and you will miss puppyhood :)
 

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Puppyhood is reserved for special people who like to torture themselves :p but they are certainly great times!

I'm honestly surprised he didn't know how to sit o_O - all of the siberian breeders I talk to that show train their dogs to sit :O - they just don't use food to train the sit because food is reserved for the ring.
Not only does he not know sit, he will NOT sit. Well, he'll SIT and we're trying to click and treat for it, but when he hears the click he immediately springs back up. Standing is apparently the desired behaviour in his head.
 

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Not only does he not know sit, he will NOT sit. Well, he'll SIT and we're trying to click and treat for it, but when he hears the click he immediately springs back up. Standing is apparently the desired behaviour in his head.
Well, when you have to stand in the ring and you got fed for standing there you'd think it was too! :D If he's standing for the click I'm guessing he was clicker trained. Are you giving him food as the treat for sitting? You may want to try a toy if he plays with those.
 

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Well, when you have to stand in the ring and you got fed for standing there you'd think it was too! :D If he's standing for the click I'm guessing he was clicker trained. Are you giving him food as the treat for sitting? You may want to try a toy if he plays with those.
Yep! And like I said, as far as problems go this so, so isn't one.

And yeah. We've finally found a toy he's crazy about so that's helping training, in general. We might... circle back around to the sit.
 

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Yeah. I heard training a sit for a show dog is best used with a toy (or other form of reward that isn't food lol) if you can find one that he is motivated by. Should be really easy once he makes the connection :D

I was just making a suggestion for you to try and help you out in terms of finding something that could motivate him to make it a bit easier :)
 

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Yeah. I heard training a sit for a show dog is best used with a toy (or other form of reward that isn't food lol) if you can find one that he is motivated by. Should be really easy once he makes the connection :D

I was just making a suggestion for you to try and help you out in terms of finding something that could motivate him to make it a bit easier :)
Oh absolutely and I really appreciate it. We ran through a few toys to test him with and eventually hit on those 'skinz' toys - the stuffed animals that aren't stuffed and squeak. He's APE for that thing, and doesn't really care much about food in general, so life's gotten a lot easier now. Our previous reward was, and lower value reward still is, just letting him jump up to get love.
 

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We ran through a few toys to test him with and eventually hit on those 'skinz' toys - the stuffed animals that aren't stuffed and squeak.
Bella LOVES those toys!!! Loves loves loves them! Alas, she cannot have them. Good luck with the sit :)
 

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Lol, I know the feeling. As we speak I have 4 ten week old malinois pups running like buffalo chasing a one year old and a two year old through the living room, dining room and kitchen. Oh, wait, a shoe i didn't realize was on the floor. Oh my lol.
 

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Juliemule, pictures please!!!!! Oh my I Adore Belgians of all sorts. I have a terv with another on the way. Perhaps pictures of puppies will make it easier for people to make the choice when it comes to another hehe. I know it does when I look at my girl as a puppy. Would love a malinois but I will save that for when I have enough time to do more agility and maybe SAR at some stage.
 

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With the right breed (and good training of course), the puppy phase is AWESOME!! I'm thankful my two younger rascals still act very much like puppies (in a good way... they are playful and active, but trained... best of both worlds!). They even bring out the puppy in my now 10-year-old Standard Poodle! Even during their first few weeks with us, I remember being amazed at how easy they were to train and the 4am potty outing phase only lasted about a week. Don't knock puppyhood! ;)
 

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With the right breed (and good training of course), the puppy phase is AWESOME!! I'm thankful my two younger rascals still act very much like puppies (in a good way... they are playful and active, but trained... best of both worlds!). They even bring out the puppy in my now 10-year-old Standard Poodle! Even during their first few weeks with us, I remember being amazed at how easy they were to train and the 4am potty outing phase only lasted about a week. Don't knock puppyhood! ;)
I'm not knocking puppyhood, I promise. I'm just knocking babyhood for me. I love my children, my cats, and my dogs. I *loved* the kittens, the infants, and even, yes, the puppies, but I have never, regardless of breed or species, enjoyed the infancy of ANY creature. They're cute! They're sweet! They are rewarding as heck to watch grow up. They can be fun sometimes. But babies for me are, regardless of the species , just - the foundation to getting to the point where I actually enjoy them.

Some of us just aren't puppy (kitten, baby, whatever) people.

(Just to be clear: It isn't that I don't love the individual - I do, obviously, and loved my children long before they were mature, but I just find nothing 'fun' or enjoyable about the dependency of very small infants. And, in fairness to me, Kylie is not a 10 week old puppy, or even 8 weeks old. She is *just* turning 6 weeks old, and I have had her for a week.)
 

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BWAH HA HA HA HA HA

My sentiments, EXACTLY! LOL I love them, they're adorable and cute and fuzzy and loving...

When they're someone elses! LOL

I adopted a 6 month old puppy (to be fair, he was supposed to be 10-12 months!) and then when he was 7 months, my sister got a 9 week old Westie puppy, then 2.5 months after that, a 5 month old puppy fell into my lap...

it was, to be frank, STUPID CRAZY in my mother's house, when we were all there... and it was even worse when my sister left her puppy with me from 4-5.5 months old, and I brought home Mouse... I lived a nightmare for a week with 3 nutzo puppies in my house!!! then Annabelle went home, and I only had 2 LOL

NEVER AGAIN!!!

Well, unless another needy puppy falls into my lap LOL
 

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At puppy group this week there was a new pup - a havanese - and I was chatting with her owner and said "I remember when Hamilton was that small! I both do, and do not, miss having a young puppy!" and she was said "I don't know what you mean" and I said "Well I miss him being so tiny and cute, but I don't miss having an unhousebroken dog or all the biting" and she said "I don't understand??" and I just told her nevermind and wandered off. :p It is hard work with the little guys!!
 
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