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Old 11-09-2015, 07:20 AM
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Default I"m a little sad :(

It actually took me about an hour to write this post haha

I feel like I need some encouraging words from you guys

Cookie and Bella are getting along...fine I guess, Cookie doesn't seem to growl or show her teeth at Bella and Bella seems to be perking up a little

The biggest problem I face is that Bella is MUCH smaller that Cookie! and as much as I feel that Bella wants to play with Cookie she's just too small! and Cookie is a little rough with her! well...very rough!
So saying that they don't seem to fight about toys or even my attention, sounds silly but if Cookie wants to play with a toy that Bella is chewing she just kind of takes it of her haha No growling.

And with all that I literally have no time to even have a coffee haha I can't leave them alone, Bella is still very young (7 weeks 4 days) and she doesn't really want to stay in the playpen by herself, so I tend to carry her everywhere with me.

There's also a little bit of tension when it comes to feeding, Cookie was getting feed twice a day + some little chews but Bella is a little fussier that Cookie and I need to hand feed her dry dog food that i've put in water to soften them a bit and Cookie doesn't seem to like that.

But other than that everything's OK I'm a little exhausted but fine I literally feel like I've got 2 little children haha

I can't actually wait for Bella to get a little bigger so her and Cookie can play together. We also decided that we can't leave them together while we're in work so we decided to buy 2 big crates I really didn't want them but I guess there's no other way we can do this

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Old 11-09-2015, 01:55 PM
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Well to start - don't worry about the crate thing. They really SHOULD be crated while you're away; or at least Bella, since she's a puppy and needs to be housebroken, as well we kept safe while you're not there to watch her. It's really not as horrible as people think it is. They don't love it at first, but if done correctly any puppy should be quite content - happy, even - in their crate for a few hours at a time.

Two small dogs, and especially puppies, ARE like having children. Really and truly lol. They are a LOT of work. You just have to tell yourself that in six months things will start to settle down and a year from now it will all seem like a distant memory, and it will totally have been worth it.

If you're hand-feeding Bella, perhaps she's not too enthused about her food. I did that a few times with Finley when he wouldn't eat out of his bowl, and he was just being fussy. Perhaps try her on something else? You shouldn't HAVE to hand-feed a pup at that age.

As for playing...Cookie is still a puppy herself, isn't she? Sorry, I can't remember how old she is, but she's still quite young? She just isn't used to playing with such a young baby, and vis-versa for Bella. They need some time to learn how to play with each other. So let them play, but if you think Cookie is being rough, supervise them and break it up when Bella doesn't look like she's having fun anymore. But remember that what YOU think is too rough, quite possibly isn't really to them, so watch Bella and her responses to see how she's handling it. If she's not enjoying what's happening she'll let you know and try to get away. If she goes back for more of her own accord, she's likely doing just fine
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Thank You Cookie will be 6 months in 5 days
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I second what Alaina said. I have an Iris pen that is great. You can set them up, and tear them down in a minute! (If you buy two, after they are almost grown, you could make a 'play yard for them) Bella would be safe, and you could get some time to yourself.! I use washable pee pads (made for humans) for the bottom. 34x36". They also have disposable ones, but puppies like to crumble/shred them! As for being alone, well, she just has to learn to be alone. It will take time. Give her a puppy kong stuffed with kibble and sealed with p.butter. Freeze. Great for a puppy!
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Old 11-09-2015, 09:16 PM
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I am like the others, I actually bought 3 IRIS pens. Best purchase ever. I use them for pens, room dividers..they are big enough to us them outside. We travel with them also, very lightweight. I also use washable pads, I use the "Pish Pads". They are great.
Everything you are experiencing is normal. I feed all three of mine in different areas to prevent any problems.
Play can be for us very rough, I learned to be very watchful. I very rarely had any issues where I thought I would need to separate them. I think you will know, without any question when it is out of control.
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One other thing...I would be very thoughtful about carrying her around. You want her to learn to be independent. Lily was so tiny but I started walking her and didn't baby her from the get go. My breeder helped me with this. Best thing I did.
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I'm one of those people that really doesn't LOVE the puppy months. I mean they are cute, and looking back on it I miss having a puppy around, but to me it is just a lot of hard work that ends with a well behaved, beautiful, adult dog. You will get through it!

Also as far as the food, I would venture to say that very few households have no problem with food. We separate our dogs when they eat- if I didn't Nova and Copley would eat everything and Kerri would sit politely in the corner and let them have it. She just does not see food as worth fighting over and Nova eats so fast she would have time to eat all her food and everyone elses before Kerri even licked it a little bit. If you have to feed in different areas I wouldn't worry about it.
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Puppies are hard work, so many people underestimate how hard it will be which is why so many puppies get dumped.
You will be fine. Have a clear plan for how you would like things to be, ie where you want the dogs to sleep, what behaviours are acceptable etc, and be consistent.
Bella is extremely young, which makes things much harder. This is one of the reasons it is recommended to bring pups home at around the 12 week mark, they are much more mature and adapt quicker. Bella is very much a baby still, so you will have to teach her the things her mother would if she was still with her.
Once you get into a routine everything will fall into place and become easier. It is exactly like having a child, and like most new parents you are stressed and exhausted. Try and enjoy the roller-coaster ride, they grow up so fast.
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