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Meet Lucy -- 16-week old puppy

Lucy was born on Nov.16/07 and weighs 30lbs.
We just just picked her up from her breeder yesterday, so it's her first time away from her parents.
Does anyone have experience with getting a puppy at this age?
Is it more difficult to train them at this age? She isn't house trained yet.
We also find it unusual that her fur isn't as fluffy as Daisy's fur at this age.
Lucy's fur is really short.
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i wouldnt know about getting a puppy then but she is beautiful short hair or not!! good luck with her.
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She is beautiful and I would start training her exactly like you would a puppy. She might be in the inbetween stage on her fur. And each golden is different. Bama's fur is shorter than Beau's fur but getting longer the older he gets. Bama says she is beautiful.




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She's a beautiful girl!
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Welcome to you and Lucy. She is beautiful. Don't worry about the coat it will come in very well by 1 year and come in fully by two years. You will just have to be just a diligent about potty training as you would be with a 8 week old puppy with frequent trips outside on a leash and when she goes in the right spot us plenty of praise, praise, praise.. Make sure she goes outside after she eats, drinks, or plays.



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she's so cute!
just train as you would a younger puppy. after nap, after meals, and after play, take her out to potty... it should actually be easier to potty train since she's older and can physically hold longer than an 8 week old pup. our gaius came at 13.5 weeks and i think that was a great age. he didn't have to go every 10 minutes like a younger pup would, and he had learned bite inhibition from his mom and littermates, so i didn't even have to teach him that.
i hear the bonding and socialization period is 8-12 weeks, so i'm not sure if that's the reason why or if it's just his age (he's now 5.5 months), but gaius does seem to be a little more independent.

anyway, enjoy your new baby! it will be great, because she's old enough (or almost there) for her vaccinations to be completed, so you get to take her out walking and socializing right away!
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Hello Lucy! She's adorable!


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Roxy was more like 11 weeks when we got her, and whilst it had it's benefits (like bite inhibition, slightly more independent) We found house training quite difficult - think that she was still with a few other puppies and no house training had been started so she was used to pooping as and when and where she liked. I would just go full on with a socialisation plan (vacums, traffic, people of all ages, races, with hats on etc) as quick as poss as I've read the early socialisation period will close any time now. All dogs are different though, and your breeder might have already done this sort of socialisation with her. I'd find out what so you can concentrate on things that she's not used to.
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Murphy's almost 20 weeks. Lucy should be relatively easy to train to poddy. Start trianing her now with sit, down , heel etc. now. Just be consistant with everything you do.
Are you crate training.


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We brought Bonnie home at 15 1/2 weeks. She looked almost exactly like Lucy looks, short fur and all! We then got Bear at 9 weeks and he was a big fur ball, BUT now at 8 1/2 months(Bonnie) and almost 7 months(Bear) Bonnie's fur is long, curly and beautiful shades of red and gold. Bear's is thicker, but will be shorter and there isn't much curl to it. I too thought the short fur was different at first, but it's filled in nicely.
She was kept in an outdoor kennel with her mom, dad, and uncle. They all enjoyed free running every day, but she was never inside(she was born in the summer). From the time we brought her home, she slept in a crate in mine and dh's room, and really only had a couple of accidents when potty training. The biggest problem was she was a bit shy and nervous at first, but it didn't take her long to get over that! She was so easy as a matter of fact, that was what made us to decide to get Bear just 6 weeks later!

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