So the Christmas season is approaching us and I thought I would do my bit for rescues everywhere by writing about the reality of owning a puppy in the hope that when people are researching getting a puppy this crops up and once reading this account they at least have a good think before rushing out and getting one.
Don’t get me wrong having a puppy is a great experience but it is HARD work.
I blame the movies it’s the same story over and over again. Child desperately wants a puppy, but always gets one at the END of the movie why? So they don’t have to show you the reality. Or the puppy is naughty and it is all hearts and flowers because “oh what a loveable scamp” Pah watch this space!!!!!!
Soooo without further ado let me tell you our story…
Back in August this little black and white bundle fell for my other half and we decided she would fit right into our family. well I say fell for my other half but perhaps she saw that we had sucker written on our foreheads. We named her River.
This picture swayed our decision. HEIKE SINSBECK is the photographer. My other half went to get her and brought her home.
I did wonder if somewhere along the line he had swapped our cute sweet little puppy for a velcoraptor!!!! 🙈🙈🙈
See the princess tag? Within two weeks I couldn’t look at it without laughing!
So without further ado here are my pointers for owning a puppy.
1/ Stock up on Enzyme Cleaner!!!!
Even a house trained puppy can slip back, and that’s what happened with River, we would let her out goodness how many times a day and would still find smelly and wet suprises on the living room carpet. It got to the point where we would even treat the adult dogs for going to the toilet in the garden. Which resulted in some funny looks from them I can tell you. Get excited when your puppy goes in the Garden it means you won’t have to clean it up. Our turning point? A piece of astroturf training aid. Muchas gracias sioux 😘.
2/ They have no manners or boundaries
Puppies don’t know what’s expected of them they jump up on you when you get home, try and steal your food from your plate, bite on your sleeves, jump all over you, chase and bark at the cat, and if your really lucky they work as a team with your slightly geriatric older dog to ensure that you can never leave any food in the oven as it won’t be there when you get back!!!!! A whole pan of mince gone in the ten mins it took me to go to the shop!!! I’m not joking.
We have three dogs and we do everything in pack order, benji, then Kyla then River. If your going to get a puppy please make sure you research basic obedience, work to ensure your puppy is socialised with other dogs, and figure out what you need to teach your puppy to ensure they are a well behaved well mannered dog!
A picture of the Oven raiding team.
3/ Try and puppy proof your home.
This is easier said than done. Puppies chew absoloutly every thing. River seems to favour smelly socks! 😝😝😝😝 it’s disgusting! The straw that broke the camels back was when she chewed a rather intimate object from ann summers. Need I say more? Adopt a puppy and you get a set of teeth 👹 so lock up your valuables and anything you wouldnt like to see in the mouth of your puppy.
4/ Get used to saying “No” or “get down” a lot!
She chews things she shouldn’t, she chases the cat along the work surfaces and scavages anything she can get her four paws on. we say no 100 times and she will still do what we have told her not to!
5/ puppies have soooo much energy.
You know that time of night when your getting into bed? your tired and you just want to chill. well your puppy will think that is playtime. running round the bedroom jumping all over you and has been that way pretty much since you woke up this morning. puppies have tons of energy and I’m not even joking.
So that’s my tips on puppies there is more I could say but ultimatly I wrote about what i felt was most important. Having a puppy is also rewarding as well. they are loving and eager to please and great fun to watch. I guess we are lucky because mama Kyla has taken our puppy under her wing.
Puppies are hard work but it won’t last forever. as long as you are consistent with your puppy and show them who is Alpha then chances are you will be fine. don’t let your puppy rule the roost you will be creating a monster one that could backfire and end up in rescue once the problem gets too hard to handle.
don’t get me wrong I love my girl to the moon and back but I never got what I expected and wished I had been more prepared.
Have fun and enjoy!
(Bedraggled Puppy mom)