If you follow me on social media, I am sure that you know by now that we have a new little family member! And if you aren’t following me on social media – we have a new puppy!
Whilst it’s all very exciting – I didn’t realise how much time having a puppy would take up and how tiring it is. I’m not moaning one bit as I love our puppy and now I don’t know what I would do without her. But if you’ve never had a dog before, or a puppy, here are a few tips you need to keep in mind when thinking of getting one.
They are just a baby. Puppies are babies. I know you’re thinking, yeah I know, duh! But having a puppy is basically like having a little baby to look after. You have to remember they aren’t big or strong yet, so be gentle. They will make mistakes, be patient with them, they’re learning.
Chewing. Our little baby is teething at the moment, so she wants to chew everything. By everything, I mean even your hands, feet, hair, furniture, wires, shoes, clothing – basically everything but their own toys! But this is just a stage they go through, it won’t be forever. So make sure you tie your hair up and wear some old clothes you don’t mind getting a hole or two in.
Sleeping. As I said before, they are just a baby, so they get very warn out very quickly. A quick burst of energy for half an hour, then about an hour or more sleeping. You’ll find that while they are sleeping, this is when you can get most of your little jobs done.
Crying. If they don’t like something, if you leave them, if you say no – they will cry. And they will probably cry a lot. I know with my puppy I feel so awful leaving her to cry but you have to be mean to be nice. You’re teaching them that you will come back, that they can’t have everything they want. It’s a learning step. It feels horrible leave them, but you have too.
Toilet training. Ahh we all love toilet training don’t we? Don’t tell your puppy off for going to the toilet inside, just make sure if they have done it inside take them outside straight away. And when they do go to the toilet outside, you have to praise them a lot, let them know they’ve done a good job, then eventually they will learn that outside the toilet.
Your voice. Puppies love the sound of their owners voice, so make sure you talk to them, praise them when needed and just have fun with them. Don’t be scared to make a fool out of yourself, they love you!
Have fun. One of the most important things you have to remember while their a puppy, is to have fun. They really won’t be that little for very long so you really have to make the most of it while you can. They will be your best companion.
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Love always, G x