Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Why Did I Get a Puppy?

About three weeks ago I got a six-week-old chocolate lab puppy who I named Lucy.  I knew having a puppy would be a lot of work but I wasn't prepared for how awful it would be. 

The first three nights she cried on and off all night so we didn't get any sleep.  

Despite the fact that I've been taking her outside about every 20 minutes, she still manages to poop and pee in the house.  It's like she doesn't get it.  If she happens to be outside when she has to poop or pee, she does it out there.  But if she's inside when the urge hits, she does it there - and usually on the one rug in the house.  WHY?????  I'm considering trying crate training but haven't taken the plunge yet.

The worst of all is the biting.  Apparently labs are known for being biters. She bites anything that doesn't bite her first. And even if it bites her first, she'll still bite it. It's like she walks through every room with her mouth touching everything she passes.  

Her favorite room to destroy is the bathroom. If she manages to get in there (I try to keep the door shut), she gets the toilet scrub brush, the toilet scrub brush holder, toilet paper rolls, a basket on the bottom shelf, towels stored on the bottom shelf, the trash can and finally the towel hanging on the towel bar. The other day she grabbed the shower curtain as I ushered her out. Those teeth should be registered as a lethal weapon.

My grandkids won't walk around the house anymore if she's loose. They stay on the couch where they're safe from her razor sharp teeth. But she's getting bigger and closer to being able to reach them. Sometimes I put her in the kennel so they can move around freely. When she's trapped, they like to go sit by the kennel and talk (or maybe torment) her.  

She's ruined two of my shirts and my husband, David's, pajamas. 

My daughter-in-law suggested getting rid of her but I joked that I'd probably have to pay someone to take her and then they'd probably bring her back and pay me to take her back.  

But I do love her. She's cute and fun. She entertains me and keeps me company. I know she'll outgrow this and turn into a wonderful dog.  But if I had it to do over again . . .


  1. That face! She is so cute. We crate-trained and kept the puppy confined until she got through most of this phase. She never became a chewer because we never gave her anything to chew. She loved to eat ice cubes!

    1. Thanks. She really is cute - it's the only reason I put up with her.

      She went to the vet today for her second set of puppy shots and the vet said she is a very wild and strong willed lab. He gave me a few tips that I think will be helpful.

      She kind of likes ice. I've tried it a couple of times and she seemed to like it. I do keep her contained quite a bit and she does really well with it.