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Hi there. I'm a new mom of a 10 week old F1 cream labradoodle. We've only had her a week, and so far, I think things are going pretty good. I have a couple of questions though. First, I have three kids--a 12 year old son, a 10 year old daughter, and a 16 month old baby girl. Does anyone have any advice for me on how to help our new pup (Sage) learn that my baby is not a chew toy? She's really not too bad, but I'm very guarded whenever they are together considering my wee one's face is so close to Sage's face. With ourselves and our older kids, we are doing the Alpha thing and establishing ourselves. With my babe, I don't know what to do to make Sage understand that the baby is higher in rank too. If anyone out there has gone through this, or has any advice at all, I would sure appreciate it. My second question is about stubborn puppy syndrome. Well, maybe it isn't a syndrome, maybe it's just Sage. When on her leash, sometimes she will just decide that she isn't going to go where I want to go. I hate the idea of dragging her. I have gotten down on one knee to praise and persuade her (sometimes that works), but it is getting kinda tiresome. Any advice? By the way, I love this forum, I am learning so much everytime I visit.
 
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