I have always been a huge animal lover. I’ve grown up with cats, but always wanted a dog. Unfortunately, I was never in a position to own one until last year when my fiance and I bought our first home. One of our top priorities after signing on the dotted line was to find the best breeder we could for our new addition! We had decided on our breed of choice years ago (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever), and we were very excited when the breeder we chose e-mailed us late one night in January to say that our puppy had entered the world, along with 4 other brothers and sisters! It was a long 8 weeks waiting to take him home, but we finally did at the end of March. As I said, I’ve never owned a dog before. It is now four weeks later, and this is what I have so far learned that I will share with all new puppy owners:
1. Your floors will never be clean again. Whether it’s pawprints or tongue marks from licking up non-existent crumbs, your floors will forever be marked, no matter how often you wash them.
2. Puppies are dumb, or maybe just slightly blind. In the most loving way possible, I have to say that my puppy is not the brightest crayon in the box when it comes to spacial awareness. He runs into walls and tables and the glass door and chair legs and our legs…
3. Crate training takes time. Natural “denning instinct” or not, you will be in for many sleepless nights full of crying puppy. And I don’t mean 15 minutes of crying and then settling down, I mean hours of puppy style freak out.
4. Dogs don’t purr. I know, it’s an obvious one, but I found this strangely off-putting at first. Having only owned cats my entire life, I’m used to purring during cuddle time.
5. You will learn what nose prints are. Your puppy will decorate your car windows with lovely personalized artwork consisting of nose smudges and slobber marks.
6. It takes time for puppies to “find their feet.” Sometimes it can take up to a year or more for puppies to stop running awkwardly sideways – but it’s pretty darn cute while it lasts!
7. Everything is very exciting, all the time! Whether it’s meeting a new “friend,” meal time, a leaf blowing across the lawn, or a new toy, everything is just so exciting for a puppy. They go nuts over the oddest things.
8. Poop bags are an integral part of life. You will learn that you need to carry them with you wherever you go, and you’ll also find that they are suddenly stashed in every coat pocket, purse, and vehicle you own.
9. Silence is not golden. Silence means mischief is afoot.
10. Puppy ownership is an extremely rewarding experience. Teaching your puppy commands and seeing in their little face how excited they are when you walk through the door – there is nothing better!
We love our boy to pieces, and we are very excited for our first summer together. He is currently attending puppy classes, and doing very well! We couldn’t be happier 🙂
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