A surprise, a new family member!


Ok, so it’s not really a surprise. For months now we’ve been talking about getting a dog, we just haven’t settled on one, timing was off, we were traveling during the summer. But one of my things was I wanted to get one before winter and the snow hit so that house training wouldn’t be so hard!

Well, me and hubby went to a visit to the Toledo Area Humane Society the other day without the girls, and really, it was probably best, because to a 5 year old and 8 year old, every puppy is cute and every puppy is the perfect dog for our family. So me and hubby went alone, just to ‘look’ but hubby couldn’t resist and fell in love, love at first sight!

Meet Romello….

The newest member of our family, Romello, or as we call him for short Mello. He’s a Border Collie/Labrador Retreiver mix, and just so cute!! When we first got him, he was super shy, quiet, and well, mellow! But after being home for almost a week now, he’s perked up and is getting to be a little more outgoing.

Puppies are a ton of work though, I feel like I have a baby all over again!! What I do need is some advice, my 5 year old who says she loves him, is now scared of him because he does what all puppies do, he wants to play with her, he poucnes, barks and nips, and she’s been told he’s a puppy, he’s playing to just stand up and say NO very firmly, but now she runs upstairs crying or jumps up onto the couch near me so he won’t go near her. I need to break this of HER not necessarily him because he’s just a puppy. Any advice?

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October 20, 2011 – 10:47 AM - | Posted in daily life | 6 Comments »

6 Comments to “A surprise, a new family member!”

  1. Karen R Says:

    I don’t have any advice…maybe keep him in a room with a baby gate so they can see each other and she can be comfortable that he won’t jump on her. He is a beautiful dog.

  2. Ric Gillespie Says:

    Awwwwwwwwwww! How cute!

  3. Bri Says:

    I went through this with one of my dogs. What worked for us was redirecting – a firm “NO BITE” and immediately placing him in his kennel. He eventually learned biting = lock up (no fun) and quit. I was worried if I didn’t break him as a puppy he’d still nip as an adult and hurt someone. I also made sure to have plenty of chew toys and bones on hand, and would praise him when he chewed on those (and not us)

  4. Heidi Back Says:

    Aww, She’s just a puppy too 🙁
    I’d hold the puppy and let her love on him while you’re holding him. Hopefully the pup will calm down and get used to the family while she’s getting used to him and it all settles out well for both of them. Good luck!

  5. Lori Says:

    HI the puppy stage is important in setting the precedent on developing a good dog. Lots of people adopt puppies then return them. The crate training is excellent, Using verbage like “NO BITE” and “GOOD DOG” is key so they learn. designate a play area that’s secluded off maybe kitchen or laundry room or outside.
    Puppies/ dogs should have their own bed and train them to “go to bed” or laydown. Not only when they are bad but when everyone needs a break. When he has his shots trake to training. Petsmart has a $99 puppy training course. Also puppy training for dummies is key. best of luck.. It’s really the owners responsibility to develop the puppy into a good dog so please do your research, the first great step was rescuing and adopting from the shelter or humane society so bravo!

  6. Amie @Compare Cheap Loan Says:

    I thought its a baby that was added to the family but anyway, puppies can be a new baby, they’re so cute.

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