Friday, June 14, 2013

Things They Never Tell You About Puppies

When you think about getting a puppy, rainbows and unicorns and fluffy clouds all go through your mind. You think about snuggling on the couch together, taking long walks in the park, and if you're me, dressing your pooch up in adorable clothes and parading them around for everyone to see.

Don't get me wrong, it's all true...for the most part. There are some things people don't tell you about puppies. So, all of you puppyless people out there, let me ruin your dreams of the perfect nugget.

Housebreaking is not as easy as it seems. Just when you think they're finally getting the idea, the little fricker will squat down right in front of you leaving yet another puddle on the carpet. The best though is when they do their business outside and come back in just to pee some more. Apparently, Riley is not the best at getting it all out at once.

You can't cuddle with a teething dog. Sure, they'll lay down for .2 seconds until they decide your arm/fingers/legs/foot/ear looks like a good chew toy. No matter how many chew toys are laying around, Momma's hand always wins.

Oh you want to sleep in Saturday morning? Think again. The nugget needs to get out of that jail we call a kennel at the ass crack of dawn. The whimpering and puppy dog eyes won't stop until you let them out -- no matter how still you try to be (believe me, I've tried.)

Your puppy will embarrass you in front of as many people as possible. You taught him how to sit? Great! But when you go to show off how smart your nugget is, he won't sit. Nope, he'll just run around and bark and, more than likely, bite the nearest foot.

They'll ruin you. You'll spend every last dollar on new toys, treats, or even different shampoos until you find one that leave his coat shiny. You'll let them get away with almost anything because they're just too darn cute. And you'll think about them the entire time you're at work -- don't bother getting any work done.

I love my nugget and all the joy he brings to my life but geez -- teaching an eight week old puppy how to pee outside, not bark in the middle of the night, and sit is a tough task. I wouldn't give it up for anything though. That little nugget is as spunky as they come, but I wouldn't want him any other way.

...except for the teething. He can cut that out any day now.

Happy Friday!


CMae said...

I'm always the voice of reason when people tell me they want to get a dog. I'm like are you sure?!?! It's a lifetime commitment! lol And commitment it is. :) Love pets. They bring such enrichment to our lives!

Stephanie said...

Haha! I'm glad I didn't go through puppy stage with Hawkeye, she was already 1. She still loves my hand the best though!

Molly said...

I hear you on the potty training & I wish I could tell you that there are hopes of one day being completely accident free... but I can't. As the owner of 4 small breed dogs, the oldest being 8, we still deal with accidents every now & then. Smaller dogs really are a lot harder to house break than larger breeds. I would recommend giving a treat right after he goes outside along with praise & don't be afraid to raise your voice to scold if you catch him in the act while going inside. This has worked wonders for us!

Just keep in mind, little dogs also stay puppies twice as long as large breeds, so you can expect puppy behavior for a full two years (which is sometimes super cute and sometimes a pain in the butt!)

Sorry for rambling, I use to volunteer in rescue (probably why we have our own little herd haha!)

Riley is such a cutie! Good luck with everything :)

claire said...

I can commiserate with you on all of this, especially the potty training! I'm convinced my 5 month old has a never-ending potty reserve! I thought she'd learn faster because she has an older sister to look up to, but not so much...

Amber said...

This is all true!

Barbara Vines said...

HAHAHAHAH! This is ALL so freaking true. We have 2 nuggets that have stolen all our money and have more toys than my husband and I have in clothes combined.

Embarrassing moment: one of my dogs pulled my pants down on a walk when he was a puppy. MORTIFIED!

we always tell our babies that we are going to let them vacation at the shelter so they can learn "how the other half lives" when they are being b-a-d.

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