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Topper is a blue miniature poodle. I didn't find out about him till he was 4 weeks old, so this thread starts with his 4-week-old photograph from the breeder.
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He is 5 weeks old in this photo. I met him later that week and named him Topper, after our favorite lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. This is when I fell in love with him!

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Here is 6-week old Topper showing off his agility pedigree.
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The little punkin' just got back from temperament testing. It showed that he is very stable, people-oriented and wants to do nose work.

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The breeder gave him a wonderful puppy clip after his vet visit at 8 weeks old. He stands like that naturally. LOVE the tail!

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Nine weeks old and settling in at home:

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So excited about his agility tunnel - 10 weeks old:

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Playing with his first puzzle toy at 11 weeks old. It's an old-fashioned Chinese restaurant take-out box filled with squeaky dumplings - he's sure there's one more in there somewhere!

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Your pictures of Topper are so cute. Have fun during puppyhood.
 

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He's stinkin' adorable!
 

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I love your Topper photos! It looks like you are thoroughly enjoying his puppyhood, and so is he!
 

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I love your Topper photos! It looks like you are thoroughly enjoying his puppyhood, and so is he!
Some days are better than others. Usually the days with lots of naps (for both of us) are the good ones. I've never raised a puppy before and often am so focused on training and desensitization that I forget to just play and enjoy the puppy silliness.
 

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Some days are better than others. Usually the days with lots of naps (for both of us) are the good ones. I've never raised a puppy before and often am so focused on training and desensitization that I forget to just play and enjoy the puppy silliness.
Just remember that alllll that stuff you're worrying about comes from play at that age. :) My husband had never raised a puppy before, so I would ask him when he played with Peggy: What is she learning right now? Would you like her to offer this behaviour up, unsolicited?

If you keep those questions in mind, you can relax and have loads of fun together, confident that Topper is simultaneously learning the rules of life with humans.
 

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Cuteness overload!!!!!!!!!!
 

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All spiffed up for this shiny New Year :)
 
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