Things People NEVER Tell You About Owning A Puppy

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If you are a dog-lover, the idea of having puppies will fill you with excitement. After all, they are so cute and cuddly! And, they are a joy to be around day after day. That is what people assume, yet the reality is a little different. Yes, dogs are a great addition to the home if you are an animal person. However, there are a few things you should be aware of before you take the plunge. Below are the things people never tell you about owning a puppy. Good luck!

 

They Go Crazy Without Warning

 

Most people assume puppies are a bundle of energy from dusk to dawn. The truth is that they are pretty quiet for long periods of the day. But, they will suddenly go crazy without warning. That means they will jump around, run into the furniture, and chew anything in reach. This usually lasts for between ten minutes to half an hour and happens around two or three times a day.

 

You Can’t Take Them Outside

 

The obvious solution to prevent them from going bonkers is to take them for a walk. Nope, that is not the case with puppies. Of course, over time they will need to get out of the house at least three times a day. But, while they are young, they can’t leave the house until they get immunisations from a range of diseases and infections. And, it can take up to a month before they are ready for the injections. Until that point, they have to stay inside and drive you crazy!

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They Always Want To Get In Bed

 

Because they are young and away from their mothers, puppies look for a second support unit. For obvious reasons, you are the first choice, which is fine when they want a cuddle. But, it gets a little trickier when won’t sleep in their memory foam dog bed and would rather get in your bed. Puppies are relentless, so the constant whimpering and failed attempts to get into your bed might wear you down. However, you have to be careful because owners need to set boundaries, especially when the dog is young.

 

Training Takes Tough Love

 

The first item on every dog owner’s agenda is to get their pooch house trained. The thing is, pointing and saying ‘bad dog’ over and over doesn’t always work. Puppies are like humans, and they will push the boundaries if they think they can get away with it. As a result, you need to give them tough love mixed with positive reinforcement. A light tap on the nose, for example, is a sign that they have behaved poorly.

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And It Isn’t Idiot-Proof

 

Regardless of how hard you try, puppy training never goes smoothly. Therefore, it is essential that you have patience and understand it is a long-term project. Over time, they will begin to show signs that they understand. However, it won’t happen instantly, so don’t be discouraged if it seems like your puppy will never go to the toilet outside.

 

In the end, training a small dog is about perseverance.

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