Since the day we got married (which has been over a year now) people keep asking us when we are going to have babies. Little do they know that when they ask that, it pushed us to buy a dog, only further delaying the real life babies (except I consider my animals my babies, but that's a story for another blog). Don't get me wrong. I love kids. I want kids. But today, this post is about my fur-babies.
Lola is a soft coated Wheaten Terrier and the sweetest little thing ever. Henry is not totally sold on the idea of having a little sister but they are getting a lot better together. If you all have tips for getting your older pup to love the little one, please send them our way! We need them. In the meantime, I have some puppy tips for you and things I've learned over the past few days.
- Buy a crate. Use the crate. Make sure the crate is only as big as your puppy, just enough space for her/him to turn around and lay down.
- Get used to saying "good girl," "go potty" and "no" a lot. I mean a lot.
- I hope you don't like sleeping because puppies don't either.
- Make sure you wear gloves or toughen up your hands. Puppy teeth are sharp!
- Cuddling is a must.
- Nyla bones are great for teething puppies. But be careful, as soon as their teeth are strong enough, take them away so they don't eat them.
- If pee and poop in places its not supposed to be grosses you out, a puppy is probably not for you. Plus I hope you are quick on your toes, it comes fast.
- Puppies are curious. Make sure you close cabinets and doors, especially those that have cleaning supplies, laundry soap and things that could be super harmful to a pup.
- Puppies love walks, I hope you do too.
- Balance love and training. Most puppies are super sensitive, so teach her no but give her love too.
- Pick up pretty much everything you have on the floor, because new puppies love to chew.
- Separate food and water dishes for the new and old dog. (this is a real tip!)
- A fenced yard is always a plus because then they can run around.
- If your new pup is like Lola, get a bowl with a rubber bottom. Her favorite thing to do is spill her water bowl all over the floor and then play in it.
- Henry LOVES Lola's puppy food. Like so much that he will go in her crate to eat her leftovers. Make sure you keep it away from the old pup. Puppy food is usually high in fat.
- A little fetch goes a long way. 20 minutes of fetch with Lola and she'll sleep for the next 3 hours.
Happy Friday everyone! I hope it's full of puppy kisses and cocktails.