ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

What Nobody Told Me Before I Got a Puppy

Updated on November 9, 2019
Yamuna Hrodvitnir profile image

Yamuna is an avid reader, a writer, and an absurdity enthusiast.

One of the first photos that I took of my puppy.
One of the first photos that I took of my puppy.

I thought that I was prepared

You can have all of the knowledge in the world about dog behavior. You can be financially stable and live in the perfect environment for a puppy. Regardless of these things, you need to be emotionally prepared for the ups and downs of puppy life. No one ever talks about how emotionally taxing it can be to raise a puppy.

When my friend's dog had a litter of puppies, I decided that I wanted to adopt one. I was self employed and living at a place with a big fenced yard, and I had a partner who wanted a dog just as much as I did. I knew that it would be a lot of work to train and raise a puppy from such a young age, but I was in the perfect position to do so. I dedicated a few weeks before picking him up to the study of everything that I could find on the internet about how to raise the best dog. I had had a few dogs before, but they were all adults and already trained when I got them, so I wanted to make sure that I was ready for everything.

I was not ready for everything. So I have compiled a list of some of the things that no one ever told me about raising a puppy.

Don't let any of this discourage you because it is more than worth it. I'm proud of the dog that my puppy has grown into every day, and he is my best friend. Even if he used to make me cry.

My puppy's first sweater!
My puppy's first sweater!

Concerning Basic Behavior

1. You will not sleep for the first few months.

Potty training might be one of the most frustrating aspects of raising a puppy. When they learn that they can't relieve themselves in the house, they will start to let you know when they need to go out. This is ultimately an achievement, but they will do this even if you are asleep. They will wake you up every time that they have to go outside. Puppies have very little bladders, and they will need out every few hours. You will not enjoy a full night's sleep until they get old enough to learn to hold it in
until they see you've gotten up in the morning. It will be horrible, and you will drop everything in your sleep deprived haze, drink way too much coffee, and probably low-key hate your dog at least half of the time.


2. Don't give them too many treats

It is very easy to accidentally turn your dog into a picky eater. Giving your puppy treats and snacks is fun, and it's awesome watching them get really happy when they get a biscuit just for being cute. Treats are also one of the best ways to train your puppy, by using it to reinforce positive behavior or using them as rewards for them to learn tricks. However, too many treats can make your pup realize how bland and uninteresting their meals are. Do not over supply your pup with treats, or they may decide that they don't want to eat their actual food. This will upset you. You will know that they need their nutritious, healthy food, and it will be a very frustrating struggle to get them to eat their food again. It is best avoided in the first place.


3. Dogs are gross

There seems to be nothing that I can do to stop my dog from lunging forward to inhale cat feces, when we walk around outside. This is particularly upsetting because that is a good way for him to get sick or end up with intestinal parasites.
My dog hasn't learned to lift his leg when he pees, so he will sometimes urinate on his front paws, and even on his chin.
I have caught my dog farting into his own open mouth on multiple occasions.
My dog has mighty jowls. He drools a lot. When I was going to bed last night, I pulled up my blanket to find it cold and wet. He had drooled all over it, and I was very unhappy.

My pup didn't want to go to bed one night, and kept shoving me to wake me up so we could play.
My pup didn't want to go to bed one night, and kept shoving me to wake me up so we could play.

The Worst of it

4. They will break your heart

When puppies are young, they're learning how to navigate the world. Before they learn better, they might bite you. And you will cry like a baby.

When my puppy was about 4 months old, he was being too hyper active one night at a friend's house and was upsetting the older dog there. So I decided to restrain him. His response was to scream and latch onto my wrist and draw blood. I cried uncontrollably because I couldn't understand why my baby wanted to hurt me. The answer was that he just didn't know better yet and he reacted to feeling angry for maybe the first time in his life. You have to forgive them.


5. They may destroy your relationship

If the efforts to care for and train your pup are not evenly shared, it is very easy to grow tired and resentful of your partner. Some relationships may not survive.

You know how I mentioned that you will have to get up multiple times throughout the night? Well if you get a puppy with your partner, and only one of you is willing to get up and take the dog out while the other gets to sleep soundly through the night every night, you will get angry with each other. This is just one example. The equal sharing of effort comes in all areas of puppy care. Resentment will come like a wild fire. You will need to share the responsibilities and the suffering, and that way it will be easier for you both, and will bring you together rather than tear you apart.


6. Everyone will judge you and your dog

Everyone thinks they know best when it comes to dogs. "Dog mom" or dog training groups can be toxic and judgmental.

I once had a woman follow me around town while I was walking, screaming at me that my dog was too skinny and insisting that I give him to her. It took me hours to ditch her. What she didn't know is that my dog was a rescue, and had recently been rehabilitated from being starved and I got him from the humane society just the day before. He was perfectly healthy, just a little bit thin still.

Ignore them all. No one knows your dog better than you.

My pup's first time playing outside in the rain
My pup's first time playing outside in the rain

Major Points to Keep in Mind

7. They will drive you nuts

They will be hyper active and harass you while you try to do your school work. They will chew up everything that you love until they can be trained not to. They will obsessively lick themselves until the sound burrows its way into your mind and makes you unable to think. They will act like they need to go outside to relieve themselves, and behave as though it's a real emergency, but it will be a ploy to make you take them outside and play because they're bored. Your big, muscular guard dog might end up being the biggest softy in the world and be afraid of cats, disappointing you to no end if you expected him to be your protector.

8. It is the best thing in the world to have a dog who loves you, even if your dog is a dumb jerk

Even with all of these troubles, nothing I've ever experienced can compare to the feeling of knowing that my dog loves me, and will be by my side through everything.

Friends and lovers come and go, but your dog will always love you and need you.

The first day I brought him home, cuddling with his favorite pillow.
The first day I brought him home, cuddling with his favorite pillow.
On his first birthday, still cuddling with his favorite pillow.
On his first birthday, still cuddling with his favorite pillow.

Honorable Mention Point

9. The Greatest Part of Dog Ownership:

You can say whatever you want to them, and sing to them, and be your truest weird self. They won't judge you and will still love you just the same.

Even if you tell them that there are snakes in their toes, then sing about how only pulling on their cheeks will get the snakes out.

Then you can pull on your dog's cheeks, and they will love the attention.

All grown up, still just as cute.
All grown up, still just as cute.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Ellison Hartley profile image

      Ellison Hartley 

      11 months ago from Maryland, USA

      This is such a good article! There really are a lot of things involved with puppy raising that you don't realize until you are doing it. Super cute photos also!

    • Guckenberger profile image

      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      11 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Potty training is indeed a big one.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)