MyPawsOn.com would like to introduce you to this great new puppy guide book written by Helen Edwards which is available to read or buy through Amazon. We think it is a really helpful and well written guide for new dog owners.
Helen has given us a short article about what inspired her to write the book and included some great insights into parenting a puppy.
What it is really like to be a first-time puppy parent ?
There’s no doubt about it – all puppies are adorable. They’re meant to be in order to ensure they’re looked after by us humans. They waddle around, nudge their nose gently on your ankles, snuggle up to you as tightly as possible, and follow you everywhere. There are so many lovely aspects to getting a puppy, but you need to know the downsides too.
I’ve had my dog, Archie, since he was eight weeks old; he’s two now. I can’t imagine life without my furry friend, but it is very hard work, bringing up a puppy. No matter how prepared you think you are, if you’ve never had a puppy or a dog before, you’re going to have the shock of your life. I know I did.
The whole reason I wrote a book about becoming a first-time puppy parent was to try and help other people having a hard time with their new puppy, or to help wannabe puppy parents make an informed decision. The more prepared you are the better, and there’s less chance of you being put in the position that no-one wants to be in, of thinking you can’t do it any more.
Life with a puppy
Here are ten things I think you need to know about life with a puppy:
- Puppies are exhausting. You’ll be up and down throughout the day getting your puppy out of trouble, outside in the rain far more often than you’d like waiting for junior to do his business, and if you think you can catch up on your rest at night, forget it. The pupster will wake you up way earlier than your alarm clock. And then you’ll do it all over again. It’ll be like Groundhog Day for quite some time.
- You’ll get up close and personal with your puppy. There is no part of their body you won’t be acquainted with. You’ll spend far more time than you’d like around their rear end in a bid to keep it clean so they don’t smear poo round the house. You’ll have to get things out of their mouths, like if they’ve swiped a stone. You should clean their teeth from a young age so that the process is stress-free when they’re an adult (and if you want to avoid expensive vet bills in later years). Their ears will need cleaning, gunk will need to be removed from under their eyes, and so on.
- You’ll feel dirty all the time. Imagine being licked after your pup has just eaten some poo, or when you’ve had a dirty bottom on your lap (you realised too late), or when you’re stroking his neck and realise he’s got fox poo smeared on it. They’ll spray you repeatedly after they’ve had a wash so you’ll probably feel like having a shower yourself afterwards.
- You’ll find yourself thinking about / talking about your puppy’s poo frequently (the size, colour, consistency, and frequency).
- You’ll be down on your knees a lot. Not just playing with your puppy sadly, but clearing up after him until he’s toilet-trained, or when he’s been sick or had diarrhoea.
- You’ll fret over his food – if he’s not eating, whether he’s eating too much, what you should feed him, how many treats he can have. . .
- You’ll learn you can’t leave anything out if you want it to remain intact. Despite having numerous chew toys, puppy will always prefer your shoes. And they like the strangest things, CD cases, books, glasses, Kindle cases, and so on.
- You’ll feel like you’ve got a mini crocodile until he learns not to bite.
- Life will revolve around your pup. You’ll wonder whether you’ve made a huge mistake getting a puppy, and then you’ll feel like the worst person EVER.
- Any time your puppy cries it will go through you, whilst leaving the pupster will be harder than you ever imagined.
Bonus: You will love your pup more than you ever imagined, so there’s light at the end of the tunnel, you’ve just got to get through the first few months!
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