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Meet Wilson!

Heís home, as of yesterday evening! A total sweetheart thus far, and heís massive . Havenít seen him go bonkers or get full zoomies yet, but thatís coming, Iím sure. Ivy has been fairly tolerant. Iím going to need a better plan for creating a puppy zone downstairs (his crate is in our bedroom upstairs) that allows Ivy to do her thing while keeping him close and under supervision. Iíve ordered some walk through gates which should help, but until they arrive itís a little stressful. To be expected...

First night was ok. Put him in the crate at 11 and I went to bed (Ivy chose to stay downstairs last night). He whined and cried for about 10 min then settled until 2:30 am. A quick pee in the night then back in the crate. Less fuss. Took him out again at 5:15 and I thought Iíd pop him back in the crate for another 90 min but he wasnít having it - we were up for the day. This afternoon I had to leave for about 90 min. He was not happy about going back in the crate - heíd been in the kitchen or right by me all day- but he settled (my son attests) and I relearned the lesson of not putting things that will melt in the crate. I donít *think* he soiled the crate but I stupidly put a Kong with some frozen yogurt in there, so it was damp, as the yogurt melted. Some things, like feeding the dogs separately will get better once I can fully gate Wilson away from Ivy. Heís eating, losing interest, eating again, and sheís watching his food like a hawk. Sheís already helped herself to a nylabone...

All suggestions for good crate treats/activities are welcome.
Also not sure whether to wet his food. Iím currently using PPP large breed puppy, as thatís what breeder had him on. Might transition him in a few weeks - weíll see.

Thanks for all the encouragement as we dip our toes back into the puppy pool after 9 years!
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Congratulations, Wilson is such a cutie!

The PPP large breed puppy food is a good food to have him on. If you still want to switch, I'd wait a few months before doing it.
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He's so adorable! I love the photo of Wilson looking up at Ivy
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He is an absolute cutie pie. Such a face. Congratulations!

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He is adorable! We went through a similar transition with my 8 year old boy (Tucker) and bringing a puppy home in January (Bear). Tucker was not thrilled and baby gates / x-pens were a life saver the first few weeks. It helped with the puppy ADD with eating and keeping Tucker from gobbling up the puppy food when he drifted off during meals.

Hopefully youre creating an x-pen type of scenario to give your older girl some space from the puppy. Tucker chose when he wanted to be in the puppy part of the house and when he didnt the first month or so by the baby gate essentially splitting our house in two sections. I also used a leash / drag line on Bear so I could stop him from launching himself into Tuckers face when they were together. Luckily after a few weeks he came around and Bear became more tolerable (dog manners wise).

Re Kong - if youre worried about frozen things melting maybe try putting his kibble in there to decrease mess and give him something to work on? Some puppies are quick from the get go but it took Bear quite a while to work the kibble out at that age.

Congratulations on the new addition!
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Wilson is beyond precious Congratulations!!! I hope you will keep us going with lots of updates and stories. I am sure Ivy is wondering how this happened

Be careful with those puppy toys and Ivy. I didn't realize my dog had access to a puppy nylabone and before I realized it, she had it sawed in half and swallowed an end Lets just say it was a very expensive lesson.... they don't show up well on x ray and she had to have exploratory surgery to remove it... My husband joked we should have had our vet install a zipper instead of sewing her back up...

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Oh my gosh!! Heís adorable Enjoy!
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What an adorable pup Wilson is!!! I can smell his puppy breath from here!!! good luck w him, enjoy him, you won't be able to carry him much longer!!

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He's so cute! Ivy looks like she wants to return him lol
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Huge congratulations, he's SO adorable cute!.

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