I am just a 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! 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....We both feel hunger, pain, thirst, discomfort, fear, but yet we are also different and must work to understand one another's language, body signals, wants and needs.
I am just a Puppy! I will cry, whine or bark the first few nights after you bring me home. I am scared! I have just been separated from my siblings and familiar environment since the day I was born. Please don't be upset with me! Show me lots of love and attention, and remain calm, understanding and patient. Please.... DO NOT allow me to cry all night long. Most people would not allow a new born baby to cry that long, think of me as a new born. This will subside after a few days.
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. 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! 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 complete "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.
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 made at me or expect me to be sedate, mellow and sleep all day. 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.
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, kicked or beat. Instead, PLEASE guide me with encouragement and wisdom.
I am a Puppy! I am a creature with feelings and drives much like your own. 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 part of your family and your life. You got me (I hope) because you want a loving partner, companion and family member, so do not relegate me to a crate all day. 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! I am NOT perfect, and I know you are not perfect either. I love you anyway! So please teach me with love, patience and understanding the right way to behave and socialize me. We will BOTH have a lot of fun together. Some day I will be a handsome/beautiful dog, hopefully one you can be proud of and one that you will love as much as I love you!