The Truth About Your First Puppy

by Melissa R. on May 31, 2013

Preparing for your first puppyWhen most people picture a new puppy, this is what they see:

  • Fluffy, cute little snuggly puppy! Oh so adorable snuggling with your kids, sitting contentedly in your lap. Joyful walks and romps outside.

The truth though, is quite different. This is what you really see:

  • Fluffy, cute little puppy! Then they open their mouths and you discover their VERY SHARP teeth. And next you discover all they want to do is bite you, and everything on you! Forget quiet walks – you will spend a week or two trying to convince them to NOT bite your ankles. I promise.

Further details about puppy raising include:

  • Forget about your clean house. Oh yes, it will be clean, but only clean of things a puppy could eat. Otherwise, you will have dog toys & chews strewn about everywhere. And I mean EVERYWHERE! There may also be a maze of gates, crates and pens, depending upon your household.
  • Walks… will be challenging until your puppy is old enough to even learn how to walk on a leash. You may spend eternity standing in one spot until they stop tugging, or come towards you instead of the other way. It will take time, patience, and training.
  • Sleeping. Rest assured your new puppy will likely keep you up several nights to start. Maybe even weeks. Or months! Let’s hope not. Most puppies are missing their littermates when they come to their new home and cry quite a lot. You will also have to get up in the middle of the night to let them outside to potty if they need to. Sleeping in may be a thing of the past as well. Puppies do not have alarm clocks, and they do not know Monday morning from Saturday morning.
  • Relaxing evenings. Puppies require a lot of time and attention, and most likely will need quite a lot of YOUR attention in the evenings spent playing, walking and training. If you have cats or children, you will have to keep your eye on them, as well!


  • THANKFULLY, puppies are extraordinarily ADORABLE! And, once you get through the terrible (not always!) puppy-hood, you usually wind up with a wonderful well-behaved pet and new family member. But it DOES take a lot of time and training. Puppies don’t know a whole lot except how to play with other puppies, and you have to show them the world and how to live in it.

    Granted, not all puppies are the same either: some pups may be very laid back and require only a bit of play here and there, and they actually DO snuggle in your lap for evening TV watching. Some pups may not bite at all! Some pups even take to walking like real pros. This is just an overview of what you MAY expect. The cuteness and constant funny antics of my puppy keep me entertained, even during the most tasking of walks or evenings!

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    About the author: Melissa is a devoted pet owner with several cats: Kai, Cirrhi & Ritter; and the newest addition, Emme a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Melissa is an avid dog agility enthusiast, and hopes her new pup will someday be an agility champion! She is a Graphic Designer and Project Coordinator for the DrsFosterSmith.com and LiveAquaria.com websites. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Michigan State University and is a lifelong pet lover and owner. See more articles by Melissa R.

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