I’m a puppy; this means that my intelligence and capacity for learning are the same as an 8 month old child.
I’m a puppy; I will chew EVERYTHING I can get
my teeth on. This is how I explore and learn
about the world. Even HUMAN children put things
in their mouth. It is up to you to guide me to what is mine to chew and what is not.
I’m a puppy; I can’t hold my bladder for longer
than 1-2 hours. I can’t “feel” that I need to
poop until it is actually beginning to come out.
I can’t vocalize nor tell you that I need to go,
and I can’t have full bladder and bowel control
until 6-9 month. Do not punish me if you have
not let me out for 3 hours and I tinkle. It is
your fault. As a puppy it is wise to remember
that I NEED to go potty after… eating, sleeping, playing, drinking and around every 2-3 hours.
If you want me to sleep through the night, then
do not give me water after 7-8 pm. A crate
will help me learn to house train easier, and
will avoid you being mad at me.
I’m a puppy; I like to play. I will run around,
and chase imaginary monsters, and chase your
feet and your toes and “attack” you, and chase balls, other pets and small kids. It is play,
it is what I do. Do not be mad at me or
expect me to be sedate, mellow and sleep
all day. If my high energy level is too much
for you, maybe you should consider an older
rescue dog from a shelter or Rescue Group.
My play is beneficial, use your wisdom to
guide me in my play with appropriate toys,
and activities like chasing a rolling ball, or gentle tug games, or plenty of chew toys for me.
If I nip you to hard, talk to me in “dog talk”
by giving a loud YELP, I will usually get the
message as this is how dogs communicate with
one another. If I get to rough simply ignore me for a few moments, or put me in my crate with
an appropriate chew toy.
I’m a puppy; hopefully you would not yell, hit, strike, kick or beat a 6 month old human infant
so please do not do the same to me. I’m delicate and also very impressionable. If you treat me harshly now, I will grow up learning to fear being hit, spanked, kicked or beaten. Instead, please guide me with encouragement and wisdom. For instance, if I’m chewing something wrong say
”no chew” and hand me a toy I CAN chew.
Better still, pick up ANYTHING that you do not want me to get into. I can’t tell the difference between your old sock and your $100 Nikes.
I’m a puppy; and I’m a creature with feelings
and drive’s much like your own, but yet also very different. Although I’m NOT a human in a dog
suit, neither am I an unfeeling robot who can instantly obey your every whim. I truly DO want
to please you and be a part of your family and
your life. You got me (I hope) because you want
a loving partner and companion, so do not relegate me to the backyard when I get bigger. Do not
judge me harshly but instead mould me with gentleness and guidelines and training into the
kind of family member you want me to be.
I’m a puppy; I’m not perfect and I know you
are not perfect either. I love you anyway.
So please, learn all you can about training, and puppy behaviors and caring for me from your Veterinary Surgeon, Breeder, Book’s on dogs
care and even researching on the computer.
Learn about my particular breed and its “characteristic” it will give you an understanding
and insight into WHY I do the things I do.
Please teach me with love and patience, the right way to behave and socialize me with training in a puppy class or obedience class, we will BOTH
have a lot of fun together.
I’m a puppy; and I want more than anything to
love you, to be with you, and to please you.
Won’t you please take time to understand how I work? We are the same you and I, in that we
both feel hunger, pain, thirst, discomfort and
fear, but yet we are also very different and
must work to understand one anothers language, body signals, wants and needs.
Someday I will be a handsome dog, hopefully
one you can be proud of and one that you will
love as much as I love you.