We brought home a puppy about a week ago and she's 9 weeks old now. My husband and I talked about it and decided now was the time since our 2yo son is super sweet and easy and we have 5 months left to train the puppy manners and bite inhibition. I never would have gotten a puppy before my morning sickness ended or when I didn't have months to train her, and we wouldn't be willing to have a puppy until this baby was at least 2yo. It seemed like the best time so that we could have a dog that will grow up with our children and be completely tolerable of them, without having to wait until DS was 5. Our thought was that by 8 months old she would be manageable, although still hyper. I definitely wouldn't say that she's been difficult, she already rings a bell at the back door to go poo , she stopped biting hard during play after a few days of training, and she seems more than willing to follow simple manners like sitting and staying for a few seconds before I'll give her her meal. My husband is also amazing with her, takes her when I'm stressed or need to nap and wakes up with her at night.
The issue is now I've been googling and I'm SO SCARED that we were wrong. The internet makes 8 month old puppies sound like 8 week old puppies, and I'm so worried that I still won't be able to take my eyes off of her in 5 months. Does anyone know what 8 month old puppies are like? Is she going to be manageable with a newborn? I know she'll still need attention and exercise, but it's the fear of the unknown that's freaking me out right now. Will we be okay with a newborn and 8 month old dog?
We don't have much choice now regardless, but I spend everyday thinking I can totally do this and then go into panic mode again at night after she goes to sleep.
She's a Labrador/Golden Retriever crossbreed, by the way.