Having a puppy can be just like having a toddler. We recently added a five month old street dog from Romania into our family. Right at the beginning of the summer holidays. Whether this was a good idea or not, I’m still not quite sure! 😉
It has been quite a shock to the system and I’m going to outline the reasons I feel that puppy care is not dissimilar to toddler care.
They bite! Both puppy and a toddler can give you a nasty nip when they’re teething. Or over excited or just generally being a pain in the butt!
They hate the word no. It’s one of the first things they learn to rebel against! Usually by getting a glint in the eye and carrying on to see how far they can push you before you snap. When they cry/retreat.
There is a lot of poo. Bot toddlers and puppies produce lots of poo which needs dealing with. Hopefully with a toddler it’s not on the road when you go out for a walk, although that isn’t unheard of!
They are either eating or thinking about food. Sometimes they even steal it from the counter! (Both!)
They can be very smelly! Farting, jumping in bogs, refusing to be washed, not letting you brush their teeth, there are many reasons that your toddler or puppy could leave behind a not too pleasant whiff!
They grow super quickly. One minute you are perfectly safe to leave them somewhere, the next, they can reach whatever it is you don’t want them to have!
They destroy stuff. A puppy and a toddler can both deconstruct a room with surprising haste. Both fans of ripping stuff up, like books or important letters, the trail of destruction they can leave in their wake can be traumatic.
Boredom makes them unbearable. A bored puppy or toddler is a destructive/whingy/moany/whiney one!
They crave your attention, good or bad. Trying to get on with a job is fatal. They will empty your shoe rack or try and chew your favourite jumper just to get you looking at them again.
You can’t leave anything lying around. Everything goes in the mouth. Everything. And somethings never reemerge. At least not in a manner you would want to retrieve!!
They crash. Active, active, active, passed out. They will exhaust you when they’re awake and bowl you over with their cuteness when asleep.
One look can melt your anger like the hug in Frozen! You can be furious, I mean really really furious but one gaze from some sorry looking eyes can stop you in your tracks and make you drop to the floor for a cuddle. They really know how to wrap you around their little finger……or paw, and they use that ability with abandon.