Hi Everyone, I need some advice. We got a puppy a few days ago and I am second guessing my decision to get him. I am hoping my second thoughts are normal and will pass. He is a great dog so far - he is 8 weeks old. I have 4 small kids (4 years and under) - I grew up with pets and want them to grow up with pets as well which was a huge part of my decision. It's just been more challenging then I anticipated. I've never had a new puppy to care for and even thought I knew it was going to be a lot of work, really didn't understand how much I guess. It's not just the work part of it, it's the snipping at the kids that is bothering me too. He's a puppy and I know he's going to need to learn not to bite (trying to play) with the kids. It's just hard because they are little and don't understand themselves not to do certain things around the puppy. I don't want my children to get a negative view of dogs either. I am just feeling overwhelmed I guess and I am hoping it's just the first few day gitters I have. Any advice is welcome - thanks!
I understand feeling overwhelmed and I don't know if I could have had a puppy if my 4 kids were under the age of 4. I have 4 children who range from 8 to 1 and my puppy is about 14 weeks now.
It is difficult, however, the puppy isn't old enough to be out around the kids yet anyway. I would listen to the other poster regarding keeping the puppy on your lap while with your kids. Take the kids out with you when you take the puppy outside to go potty, etc. so they can get used to being around each other.
Puppies are going to gnaw on things, even little chubby fingers. You do want to prevent that from happening, however, at this age they probably should be spending more time in their crate than running around with your kids. Puppies at this age sleep a lot and need to have quiet time.
My pup, as I said, is 14 weeks old and is not yet trustworthy to be allowed to run loose in the house. She does get down to play but either myself or my husband are right there with her in case she needs to go to the bathroom, gets too rambunctious around my 1 year old (she is a mastiff so she is already a big puppy) or in case my 1 and 3 year old get too rambunctious with her.
You can do this. It is hard and takes time, but if you stay consistent I am sure you will come out of this experience with a happy, well-adjusted puppy.