We got a puppy a couple months ago. She is a beautiful, sweet black lab. She is gentle around the baby. However, when we got her, we were living on a large piece of property with my parents. We recently relocated because my husband got a new job, and we are in an apartment.
1. We had 2 cats and one dog, but had to leave a cat with my parents because the apartment folks only allow 2 pets. Parents wouldn't keep dog. Cats are both sulky and sad to be split up - were best friends.
2. With my husband now working (finally!), I am now full time caretaker of puppy, and she craves constant attention. This is so hard with a baby who also needs attention, not to mention, she is not yet really leash trained, already weighs 40 lbs, and walking her with baby is tough. She is used to being outside a lot on the farm, and she has tons and tons of energy.
3. I am taking her out for a short walk and potty break every 2-3 hours, but she eliminates on the carpet anyway. We walked and sniffed and played for 30 mins the other day, came back inside, and the first thing she did was poop! I think she is holding it until we are back inside. Grump!
We try to go to the dog park as much as possible (again, tough with baby) but she still needs to run run run. Apartment living with this pup seems unnatural and I find myself always annoyed with the dog and starting to resent her a bit.
I need advice. I want her to be happy and have a great life. I want her to get the exercise and attention she needs. I don't know what is best: should we look for a home for her with a loving family and big backyard? Will we adjust and I just Ned to give to time? Will my cats adjust too? I miss the cat we left behind...DH says that since I am puppy's primary caretaker, it is up to me. Help! TIA!