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Well, what a few days.
On Thursday, after having had belle for almost 2 weeks i was almost at breaking point.
Countless accidents (most notably the poo behind the TV unit!) constant whining, crying, clingyness, biting, snapping etc.......
I just thought, what have i done!
My daughter was asking if we could swap her for a rapunzel doll instead!!!!!!

Yesterday she turned 9 weeks old, and her behaviour seems to have dramatically changed for the better.
Admittedly, we too have also had time to adjust, and we all are so much happier!
I dont know whether its because we have taken her out for the last 2 days. We have had a little stroll down to the local shop, which has taken over an hour with people stopping to coo over her!!!!!!
I live in a very small village, where there are few dogs, so have been letting her walk a little of the way on the footpaths.
She has loved this, and we are all so much happier to be out of the house!
Its also excellent for her puppy socialising.
Yesterday she played with my friends 6mth springer and had a ball. She even held her bladder the whole time we were there!!!
Today, she had a huge kip after her little walk! Her recall is fantastic, and is really responding to 'NO BITING' too.
Her diet is still Beta puppy, but i am mixing in some 'Wainwrights' turkey & rice trays which she loves! She now cleans her bowl everytime!!!
She's lying on her blanket now at mealtimes & also in the kitchen with me, so now i can get some jobs done!!
She had a little visit to our local petstore today too, and we were mobbed with people wanting to stroke her!!!! She took this all in her stride & laid nicely in my arms the whole time!!!
Today has been so lovely & calm, ive even managed to bake a cake as well as cook dinner.....and even enjoy a glass of wine whilst cooking!!!!

So, to all those new puppy owners wondering when the chaos will end, it really is short lived!!!!!

I love my Cockapoo!!! :)
 

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Yey - happy puppy owner!

Can imagine why you were at your wits end but so glad to hear how well she's coming along.

Turi x
 

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Hi,
That sounds wonderful!
We've had a dream first day with Kipper today but I'm not letting it lull me into thinking it'll be easy! I'm not looking forward to tonight when we have to get her to sleep in her crate. (She's fast asleep by my feet at the moment!)
Posts like yours give me hope for the future (but also make me realise we've got a long way to go!!)
Thank you
Pip X
 

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So glad things are improving and your adorable cockapoo is being cooed and loved by everyone who meets her.

I know what you mean about the indoor toileting problem. I was at my wits end as Millie just didn't seem to get it, it was all hit or miss. I felt like my dog was the only one who didn't seem to understand toilet training. But it reallly does improve. :D
 

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aww thats great news, I think all new puppy owners must get to a point where they think what have I done! lol. Its so nice when you have that turning point. So pleased for you all. Keep up the good work - its paying off.xxx
 

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I'm so pleased that things are getting better. It definately does take time and sometimes they take two steps backwards for a while, but it is so much easier than potty training children who take years!!!!!

Mabel is so much better this week too, perhaps in hindsight she would have been better staying with the breeder for another week or two, but she's settled now! We also took her out at the weekend and nearly got mobbed by people wanting to stroke her, so think the socialising is going extremely well!!

Hope everyday just gets better and better for you.

I love my cockerpoo(s) too!!!!!
 

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I think it is a guideline that a puppy should stay with it mother and litter mates until eight weeks old unless they are a licensed breeder and then I believe it is a condition of the license. If the breeder is not licensed I don't think there are any rules as such. I expect someone will provide the accurate info but as far as I am aware they need to stay until eight weeks to get valuable socialisation and play skills from their litter mates.
 
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