This week Sophie is 11 weeks and I've had her for 4 weeks. Getting a puppy after being recently single, in a brand new town 2 hours from my family and friends has been very difficult since it's just me with no help. Sophie is progressing in many areas (self occupying and being mostly calm in her playpen while I work (I work from home right now) and at night time she bolts straight to her crate when I tell her it's bedtime. She's slowly learning leave it, but is only about 20% where I need her to be with that and I still have to reel her in and pry items out of her mouth (treats do nothing to make her drop it). The biting in some areas is getting better, she doesn't go for my legs, pant legs, shoes and feet anymore when I'm sitting in a chair except for a few times (and usually "leave it" will stop her). She also is getting better with not attacking my legs outside in the yard except for her hyper periods which are first thing in the morning and her Zoomies time between 7-9 pm. She is, however, starting some new stuff, like biting me when I go to attach her leash or remove it during the crazy times, and sometimes when I go to take her out of the crate in my car when I bring her with me places. I've been trying new things - using a snuffle mat and treat dispensing toys for part of her meals, it does help calm her down a bit. I've been using a very long lead and playing catch with her favorite stuffed duck toy in the yard 2 times a day. I've given her a large stick to carry on walks and it does help keep her occupied and she's cute and looks proud like she's doing a job she's meant to do. All of these things are thanks to the many wonderful and encouraging puppy owners on here who have given me tips. She's also starting to park more, leash pulling, wants to paw and jump at other dogs she's introduced to, and just has horrible manners when we meet people out and about or passers by in my yard who stop to say hi to her. I dislike the dog trainer who is leading our puppy classes who keeps telling me she's dominant and I need to get her neutered as soon as I can or she's going to give me problems. Sophie is a crazy misbehaving nut job in puppy class, but that's why I'm there - to learn. I've scheduled some 1:1 time with another trainer who will come to my home. I love her to death but feel guilty that I actually have a count down calendar to when I can start having her go to doggy daycare 1-2 days a week to have some time to myself. I still find myself getting frustrated particularly about the biting because it truly does hurt and its very hard to redirect her or leave the room when a dog has her teeth dug into your arm. But then I remind myself how many band aids I needed 2 weeks ago and this week, I've used none. I remind myself that "leave it" actually is working sometimes and I keep training her. I remind myself she is a baby. I remind myself that these new "problems" will work themselves out with proper training which I must learn to do. Thank you to everyone who contributes your truth to this forum. This is the best resource I found for support and I visit here daily. It's nice to know I'm not alone with the struggles. I'm looking forward to the day I can post on here and tell you Sophie has grown into the most well behaved, gentle black lab, which I know she will be in the future.