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Welcome to Pepperland

Hi, Everyone!

Our awesome puppy, Pepper has been living with us for thirteen (very long) days and is fifteen weeks old today! I finally have enough energy to make the introduction post I've been wanting to make here for a long time now.

Pepper is super sweet and cuddly, but has some very, very strong feelings and isn't afraid to express them! Mostly he wants to be with us all the time and hates even being in his expen in the same room. All he wants is to be out with us. He loves stuffies, rope bones and bully sticks, but has zero interest so far in Kongs, Nylabones, etc - anything he could chew without our constant supervision. Like all goldens, he wants to put everything in his mouth, but has yet to start chewing on people.

We've been doing lots of socializing and he's really been enjoying it. He's had two rounds of puppy kindergarten, been to PetSmart (riding in a cart with a towel), the mall (twice now - it's outdoors), was carried to overlook a dog beach and last night, went to a local cove to see sea lions and hear the ocean. I think he's been petted by over 150 people in just this last week alone. Sometimes we can only walk a foot or two before more people come over - but that's why we've been taking him out!

If any of you have read this far, I have a question. He's pretty close to outgrowing the crates we have in our cars (30") and within a few weeks, won't fit into them anymore. What do you guys do when your puppy is still really small but is too big for a crate in a car? In addition to securing him safely, I'm worried about him chewing on the seats, the belt, anything he can...

Tonight will be attempt number two at grooming. We're keeping it to ten minutes a day. He's not a fan. I'm sure he'll love the ear swiping and trimming of a few of his back nails and getting him used to the Dremel though! Hope springs eternal when you have a puppy!

I realized pretty quickly that Pepper is the kind of puppy who needs *massive* stimulation and attention - more than I could give him alone - so this week, he started day care. He loves it! Being an adorable gr puppy, he's the most popular dog there right now and he's already made friends and learned that stairs aren't that scary after all. We're also looking at a few highly rated home daycares where he can hang out in a giant shady yard full of ocean breezes all day with a pack of dog friends. We should all be so lucky!

Here are a couple of pictures of Pepper examining the fish at PetSmart, hanging out by his first fountain at the mall and snoozing happily on our couch. I hope you enjoy them!

Only three weeks until his first trip to the beach! I can't wait!
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Pepper is a very cute pup! To answer your question about restraint in the car we use a dog hammock and then she wears a harness that clicks into the seat belt. We have a Civic so a crate isn't an option for us. The hammock protects the seat and the harness keeps her as safe as possible in the event we ever got in an accident.

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Thank you so much for the helpful answer! Is the harness a standard harness or something special for car-riding?

We have the hammock bookmarked on amazon. I think in combo with a harness, that'll work awesomely.

I'm so glad we're something like two weeks away from this being an issue. Have you ever noticed that with a puppy, two weeks like two years? It's so far in the future! Who cares?!
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You're most welcome. I believe the Sleepypod harness is the most highly rated one from crash tests they've done. It's not inexpensive and Pepper would outgrow it fairly quickly so that is something to factor in. We have a Sleepypod Sport and we also have one from Kurgo.

Time does seem to stand still when they are pups but it flies by the older they get!

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Yikes! Today Pepper lost his first tooth! I thought I had another month before this becomes an issue. Time to order (even more) toys!
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I love reading about your adventures! This gives me so many good ideas for socialization.
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What a cute pup! We have a car seat hammock that has zippers to allow it to be folded should we want to carry a human in the back seat. Nigel loves it, it's his own little dog house in a car!
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I'm baaaaaaack!

I was in the middle of a whole nice long post about Pepper and day care and updates, when our internet suddenly died and was gone for a week. By the time it came back, I was so deep into the throes of dogness (and also baking) that I totally blanked on updating here. I'm so sorry I never responded to any of those later comments - but thank you all for the advice about the hammock and compliments about Pepper (it's like I birthed him myself!)

Overall, things have been going really wonderfully! Pepper is 18.5 weeks and now attends both a local highly-rated daycare and an (also very highly-rated) in-home daycare. He loves both and became socialized so quickly it was like a miracle. Now he plays with big and small dogs and wrestles in an appropriate manner and runs around all day long.

Despite his very sweet and mellow nature, Pepper has a very very very high level of energy - everybody at the day cares constantly comments on just how energetic he is for a four-month old puppy. The kind of thing that wipes a puppy out for the entire day (a trip to the beach), knocks him out for an hour or so and then he's ready to go again. I pointed out to my husband that if I was in perfect health and he was retired and we both ran marathons, we *might* be able to keep up with Pepper!

This week, he went out with an organization called, "Dog Tired," which takes dogs in a pack to the beach for at least an hour. Since it was his first trip with them, they went to a small park and will be keeping him on a long line at the beach. The person who will be taking him out is a certified trainer and she loves him and he loved her and he got along wonderfully with all of the dogs in the pack.

All of these places send pictures and videos (the daycare actually has webcams as well) and updates and it's so wonderful to see what a great time he's been having. He comes home nicely chilled out but not exhausted and we can work on grooming and training and playing with toys and just cuddling together.

We haven't had an accident in the house since his first week and are no longer really worried about it. Once he started daycare, he started sleeping through the night and can go for eight hours in his crate. During the day, we average 1-2 hours between, depending on what he's been up to. He pees almost the second we hit grass and never on asphalt or pavement. We started getting him to pee on different grass (aside from the one patch) and have been very successful. He's also gone on the dirt at the park and the sand at the beach.

Okay, this is really, really long, so I'll update later with some of the fun socialization stuff we've been doing with him (escalators! malls! sea lions! beach! taco shops!) and some questions I've had (we're a little worried about his growth). I'll also post some pictures in the next comment.

BTW, we have a dog hammock all ready to go for the car and expect to need it in the next week or two.

Do you guys know if there's any way to change my thread title? I realized it sounds like a one-off problem when it was just supposed to be a cute introduction to what I hope to be a long-running saga of Pepper's Very Important Life.
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Here we have:

1. Pepper's first trip to the beach. He had a great time, but right after getting this deep in the water (stomach wet), he decided he didn't like that part and stuck to sand after. We'll be going back every weekend and he'll go at least once a week with Dog Tired, so I'm not too worried about the long-run.

2. His last lap-nap. He's getting too big (although he's still really small) and now he curls up right next to me on the couch and puts his head in my lap.

3. Weighing him with a luggage scale. It was *hard* getting him into that bag the first time but now he submits unhappily and lets us bribe him with treats. Today's weight: 23.4 lb! That feels kind of low for an 18 week old do though. More on that later.
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