As if I don't have enough chaos around here, we went to the county animal shelter today and will be bringing home a 4-5 month old puppy next week. This should be interesting--I've had dogs around for years but never had a puppy. Is housetraining a puppy all that different from potty-training a kid? (I can't believe I'm asking this) Any tips on convincing the new pup (whose name is & will remain Xena--love it!) that chickens are NOT chase & chew toys? We're getting another dog because the young Bassett really needs another doggie playmate--the 12-year-old mini dachsund just isn't up for serious romping. So--life is about to get interesting for a while. Gee--wasn't that a curse somewhere?