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  • I Am Your Puppy

    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. 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. 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, 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; hopefully you would not yell, hit, strike, kick or beat a 6-month-old human infant, so please do not do the same to me. I am delicate, and also very impressionable. If you treat me harshly now, I will grow up learning to fear being hit, spanked, and kicked or beat. Instead, please guide me with encouragement and wisdom. For instance, if I am chewing something wrong, say, "No chew!" and hand me a toy I CAN chew. Better yet, pick up ANYTHING that you do not want me to get into. I can't tell the difference between your old sock and your new sock, or an old sneaker and your $200 Nikes.

    I am a Puppy, and I am a creature with feelings and drive 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 handsome dog, hopefully one you can be proud of and one that you will love as much as I love you.

    Your Puppy

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    Comments 30 Comments
    1. Vikinggirl's Avatar
      Vikinggirl -
      I love this, this should go home with every new. Puppy parent.
    1. babybully's Avatar
      babybully -
      Love the part about not knowing the difference between what a puppy can or can't chew so put it up if you don't want to lose it. I don't ever whoop on my two if they chew something up that someone left out for them to reach, it's not their fault. I make my kids pick up everything in the common areas or else don't come crying to me if they chew it and don't get mad at them. This is very good info for puppy parents, thank you.
    1. Rural mystic's Avatar
      Rural mystic -
      Must read for all new puppy owners
    1. nycbullymama's Avatar
      nycbullymama -
      Nicely written. All new puppy parents that come to EBN should read this.
    1. JeannieCO's Avatar
      JeannieCO -
      What a great article David. Every new puppy owner should read this.
    1. Baconator's Avatar
      Baconator -
      What a great article!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1. thesspa's Avatar
      thesspa -
      Well done!!!!!!
    1. Davidh's Avatar
      Davidh -
      We give this letter to everyone who adopts one of our pups, and we will put the pup name at the bottom. We tell them "Here is a letter your new pup wrote to you."
    1. Tooleysmom's Avatar
      Tooleysmom -
      Thanks so much for this. My brand new puppy Buster comes home today to live with Miss Tallulah Kim and I so I re-read it. Made me cry this time too.
    1. dolphin's Avatar
      dolphin -
      Excellent job, you've addressed every issue perfectly. Thank you.
    1. Bruno and Gidget's Avatar
      Bruno and Gidget -
      Love it. Thank you.
    1. Sherry's Avatar
      Sherry -
      Excellent David
    1. sstewart2010's Avatar
      sstewart2010 -
      Brought tears to my eyes, very well written
    1. Alice Kable's Avatar
      Alice Kable -
      Very well written, David. Every breeder and agency that adopts out puppies should include that letter in their packet!
    1. Vicaroo1000's Avatar
      Vicaroo1000 -
      I love this. So much better than anything I had written on the topic!!
    1. dalmatina38's Avatar
      dalmatina38 -
      Awesome letter! We never get on Amber for chewing, even when she basically nawed through the chair support beams, lol. It was and is always the humans fault in our house for not watching our responsibility. Someone must have eyes on the puppy at all times. We call it puppy patrol, we all take turns. We get Ambers sister in two in a half weeks and we will be in puppy patrol double time. lol I am going to print this letter and put it on the refrigerator. Good stuff.
    1. TessaAndSamson's Avatar
      TessaAndSamson -
      This is wonderful, love it!
    1. Ftse 100's Avatar
      Ftse 100 -
      That is great and es it should be given to all new puppy parents.

      Thanks for sharing David
    1. Gold bullies's Avatar
      Gold bullies -
      Great David .... i me a new puppy parent again lol
    1. Marine91's Avatar
      Marine91 -
      Sorry for the necropost... In the packet we were given by the breeder when we brough Harlea hom was this letter. We thought it was awesome and I agree with others that it should go home with every puppy.