Oh, my. difficult child had been begging for a puppy (HIS own). six year old lab, overweight, thought well maybe this would livin her up a bit. Last weekend picked out an adorable lab/springer mix. This past week has been a disaster!!! My older lab was laid back, didn't chew on things, listened. Was house trained so easily. We have put up gates to confine to kitchen when we are not home, the little devil has gotten through, around or over every type of gate we put up. Will NOT go outside unless you go out with her...then you are standing outside at 2 in the morning chasing this little pup around because it is eating rocks and sticks and anything on the ground. After an hour outside you go in and it runs to the carpet and pee's. If you leave it outside she cries and brks at the door non-stop. She sleeps through the night in our room near older dog (who by the way wants nothing to do with a pup). But, sometimes during the night we take it out, and then go back to bed and in the morning the little angel has left a nice pile of pooh in the living room. We can't even put her in a room and be out of site, or the whining and crying and barking starts. So much so that she throws up. I find shoes all over the house, one at a time. Anything that has been put away in closets or under beds have now been rediscovered. I was in no way prepared for this. Only pet I ever had is my 6 yr old lab who is and always has been very laid back and obedient.