lauren- what a great party! how's the stomach flu doing?
mishaj- i had a lot of ups and downs with linnaea too, and what fixed it for me was my bff telling me that i would be a great mommy for a down syndrome baby. really, i think that most mamas would be, it's just reaching that point of acceptance that's hard.
sarah lynne- best of luck to you, remember to keep up the pumping, i thought that bringing in a picture of linnaea would be helpful and instead it was heart-wrenching, ymmv, of course. it sure does seem like it has flown by though! i hope the transition is easy for both of you. have you tried the bottles yet?
dea- yay good party for trixie! what a smart little girl!
teeny- i saved you for last cause i have lots to say
at this age your best bet is exercise, lots and lots and lots of it. when the puppy is tired it won't do all the annoying puppy things they do. i'd also work really hard on "come" (say "name, come!", run away from the dog and when it chases you give it a treat, eventually it will associate come with cookies and it will come without it being a game, never tell him to come and yell at him or punish him.
that's a really good way to get a dog to run away from you when you tell it to come.
labs are usually very boisterous and they take a while to settle down with age, like 2 or 3. your best bet is to make sure that he has manners. make him work for his dinner, for every kibble he has to do a sit or a down or a come.
there's a book called, how to raise a puppy you can live with, that my mom recommends. i'd also suggest a training course, something that uses positive reinforcement as it makes training fun for your dog and it's something that kdis can do really well so you get a dog that responds to everyone in your family. i'd also suggest neutering if he's not yet, that will help quite a bit in settling him.
okay, off my dog rant! i used to show and train dogs for about five years in my teens and my mom has worked at a vet or the animal shelter for 30 years so i've got a lot to say on teh topic
news for us. linnaea has taken to scrunching her brows and walking around the house saying, "i'm mad" but she's not really mad, usually just bored.