First off… look at that face! I honestly didn’t know i could love a furry creature so much (aside from Andrew), but this pup has changed my life. While this pup has brought so much joy into our family, it was a little rough at first & let me tell you why.
1- Pups have a SHORT attention span.
Do yourself a favor on your way home from picking up your furbaby.. stop at PetSmart and PICK UP SOME TOYS. All kinds of toys. I know Tuley really loves his squeaky toys, & his stuffed toys. Until your pup gets older, don’t waste your time on the thick tug of war toys. Give them a sock for tug of war games (for now) & let them sink their teeth into a little squeaky stuffed animal. Also, teething toys are a MUST. This will occupy their time for a while and will help them fall asleep. They will start crying for no reason at some points and that’s because they want your attention! Before adopting, make sure you will have enough time & energy for your pup.
2- You will be exhausted for the first week.
Your pup will nap throughout the day, which means they will be up at some points throughout the night. We kennel trained Tuley and the first few nights were rough. Like a baby, he would wake up at random hours of the night and start whining. Your pup needs to learn your sleep schedule and for this reason, i advise you to let them whine. I know it’s really sad and i gave in for the first couple nights, but if you wake up with them every time they cry, they will learn that’s all they need to do to get out of their kennel and will continue to whine. After the first week, Tuley stopped whining at night either chews on his teething toys, or passes out with us each night.
3- It can affect your relationship.
i honestly did not think this was going to be an issue when adopting a pup, but boy was it a wake-up call. Andrew and i live together and you just get used to putting all of your attention into that one person. I was a little embarrassed when i noticed that i was getting so jealous of Tuley! Andrew was always cuddling the pup and playing with him and i was so upset! I didn’t get the same attention i used to, and the first few weeks and it was driving me crazy. I think i was more upset about the fact that i felt this way. Why was i jealous of a dog?? I talked to a friend about it, she said the same thing happened with her and her boyfriend, and eventually you just get over it. It’s a new and exciting thing, having a puppy, and eventually everything balances out.
Your pup will pee on everything. Tuley is 3 months and still does. You have to discipline them when they intentionally pee in the house, but when they get excited, they will pee a little, and you can’t really punish them for that.
5- Pick up the house.
In your pups mind, everything is a toy…especially shoes! Keep the house picked up & keep the toys out for them to play.
6- Keep your phone charged.
Because you will be snapping pics of your pup all day long. My snapchat story has at least two pics of my pup every day and i can’t help it! He is just the cutest baby! Don’t let people tell you that you post too many snaps of your pup… there are never too many pictures.
7- You have a new best friend.
No matter what mood you’re in, your pup is always happy to see you. I honestly think about coming home all day just so i can hang out with him…and Andrew of course. 😉 But honestly, having a pup is a lot of work, but it is totally worth it. If you’re in need of a new best friend, adventurer, cuddle buddy, goof ball… get a furbaby.