~~~~ I Am Your Puppy ~~~~

I am your Puppy, and I will love you until the end

of the Earth, but please know a few things about me.

I am a Puppy, this means that my intelligence and

capacity for learning are the same as an 8 month

old child. I am a Puppy; I will chew EVERYTHING
I can get my teeth on. This is how I explore and learn

about the world. Even HUMAN children put things

in their mouths. It's up to you to guide me to what

 is mine to chew and what is not.

I am a Puppy; I cannot hold my bladder for longer than

1 - 2 hours. I cannot "feel" that I need to poop until it is

actually beginning to come out. I cannot vocalize nor

 tell you that I need to go, and I cannot have "bladder

and bowel control" until 6 - 9 months of age. Do not

punish me  if you have not

let me out for 3 hours and I tinkle. It is your fault.

As a Puppy, it is wise to remember that

I NEED to go potty after: eating, sleeping, playing,

drinking, and  around every 2 - 3 hours in addition.
If you want me to sleep through the night, then do not

give me water after 7 or 8 p.m. A crate will help me

learn to housebreak easier, and will avoid you being

mad at me. I am a Puppy, accidents WILL happen,

please be patient with me!   In time I

 will learn. I am a  Puppy,

I like to play. I will run around, and chase imaginary

monsters, and chase your feet and your

 toes and 'attack' you, and chase fuzz-balls,

and other   pets, and small kids.

It is play; it's what I do.  

 Do not be mad at me or expect me to be

sedate, mellow and sleep all day.
If my high energy level is too much

for you, maybe you could consider an older rescue

from a shelter or Rescue group. 

My play is beneficial, use your wisdom

to guide me in my play with appropriate toys,

and activities like chasing a rolling ball, or gentle tug 

games, or plenty of chew toys for me.

If I nip you too hard, talk to me in "dog talk,"

 by giving a loud YELP, I will usually get the message,

as this is how dogs communicate

with one another.

If I get too rough, simply ignore me for a few moments,

or put me in my crate with an appropriate chew toy.

  I am a Puppy, and I am a

creature with feelings and drives much like your own,
but yet also very different. Although I am NOT

a human in a dog suit, neither am I an unfeeling

robot who can instantly obey your every whim. I truly

DO want to please you, and be a part of your family,

 and your life.

You got me (I hope) because you want a loving partner

and  companion, so do not relegate me

 to  the backyard when I get bigger.  

Do not judge me harshly but instead mold me with

gentleness and guidelines and training into

the kind of family member

 you want me to be. I am a Puppy and I am not

perfect, and I know you are not

perfect either. I love you anyway. So please, learn all

you can about training, and puppy behaviors and caring

for me from your Veterinarian, books on dog care and

even researching on the computer! Learn about my

particular breed and it's characteristics, it will give

you understanding and insight into WHY I do all the

things I do. Please teach me

with love, patience, the right way to behave and

socialize me with training in a puppy class or obedience

class, we will BOTH have a lot of fun together.

 I am a Puppy and I want more

than anything to love you, to be with you,

and to please you.

Won't you please take time to understand how I work?

We are the same, you and I, in that we both feel hunger,

pain, thirst, discomfort,   fear,

but yet we are also very different and must work to

understand one another's language, body signals,

wants and needs. Someday I will be a most

handsome & beautiful  dog.

And hopefully one you can be proud of and one that

you will love as much as I love you. Love,Your Puppy

(author unknown)


Updated Nov. 30, 2005--IOWA--U. S. A.