Now I’m not saying my dog, Breyer, is perfect by any means but she is such a great fit for our family. We have raised her to be the perfect dog for us and that’s what I think is most important. Some people might say you need to raise your dog this way or that way but at the end of the day you’re the one who has to live with your dog and however you plan to do that is your choice. There’s some obvious things that you definitely want to keep under control such as chewing, biting, barking and definitely potty training. As for other things such as letting your dog on the bed or on the couch, letting them off leash, eating table scraps etc….you are the ultimate decider.
Breyer is currently having knee surgery (as I write this) and I couldn’t stop thinking about her; that’s when I came up with 7 things I learned about raising a puppy. I thought it would be a fun thing to write about and maybe help you make your final decision on becoming a dog owner (psst…do it).
- It’s not as hard as people say it is. Maybe we just got lucky but taking care of her has become such an easy routine for us I couldn’t imagine my life any other way. Honestly…dogs are very good at taking care of themselves. All they really want and need from you is love.
- You can no longer care about what clothes you are wearing. I’ve finally accepted the fact that my clothes will not stay clean and they will not stay in one piece.
- Your dog’s schedule is not the same as your schedule. Before getting a dog I used to sleep in until 9 and do whatever I wanted during the day. Now…I get up at 7am every day to feed and let her out. It’s okay though because afterwards we cuddle for a while and then we get to go on adventures together all day. I’d rather do that then waste my day away sleeping.
- Listen to your vet! When your vet says crate your dog until she’s a year old…it means just that. We thought we knew what we were doing and let her roam about until one day I came home and everything was chewed and there was poop everywhere.
- No matter how much you clean your dog’s paws when they come inside they will still be muddy.
- Your heart will feel ripped out every time you leave. And I mean every. time. Even going to the grocery store for a loaf a bread. Yes…this makes travelling difficult but somehow you manage.
- Your dog will ruin anything “nice” you might have/own. Don’t waste your time, money, energy or breath. That new couch you bought? Dirty. Your favourite bedding? Dirty. Your freshly painted walls? Puppy prints. (IDK!) Keeping in mind though…these were my decisions to let her on my bed & couch. I’ve come to terms with it now because I can’t imagine sleeping or watching TV without her being right by my side.
I like to think that my dog has made me a better person. She gives me purpose in life. She shows me what is most important. She teaches me patience. Best of all….she’s given me memories and experiences.