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Who can resist melting when looking into the eyes of a puppy? I know I couldn’t. Just look at Honey when I first brought her home. How sweet is that face? And those tiny nails? How about that cow belly? She really was just the cutest thing I had ever seen.
Then came bedtime.
Let me back up and remind you that I’ve never wanted children. For some reason, I’ve never had that feeling that most women do. But a dog? Yes, that is for me. What I didn’t realize was just how “baby-like” a puppy can be!
Okay, back to bedtime. Here was this cute little pup crying away in her cage. I spent the first night sleeping on the floor with my fingers sticking into the cage. The next night I moved the cage into the bedroom but she cried every time she couldn’t see me. I had to sleep half hanging over the bed. After a couple of nights she was okay with seeing my foot over the edge and eventually, I was able to move her out of the bedroom entirely.
Now you know why I looked so tired in that photo!
You only get one chance
Looking back, there are many things I did wrong with Honey when she was a puppy. I didn’t realize all of the changes that a puppy goes through and how these things shape her personality. It would have been nice to have a place I could go to get all of my questions answered. That is why I am loving the new Purina Puppyhood site!
The puppyhood is a great resource for first-time puppy owners. It has information about
- Nutrition – what to feed and why, and when to switch to adult food
- Grooming – nails, baths, teeth…
- Exercise – fetch, toys, swimming…
- Health – first aid, allergies, vet visits…
- Behavior – chewing, jumping, biting…
- Training – housebreaking, commands, treats…
- Puppy planning – supplies, puppy-proofing, choosing a breed
Registering for Puppyhood.com
You can access many things on the Puppyhood site without registering, but if you register, you get so much more! Joining the Puppyhood gives you
- a customized learning experience for you and your pup
- helpful tools like the puppy milestone tracker
- exclusive benefits like expert advice, puppy destinations and resources in your own community
My favorite part is the puppy milestone tracker shown above. I didn’t realize that pups go through so many stages! It would have helped to know what to expect as Honey got older.
As you can see, the puppyhood site has everything you need or want to know about having a puppy. If I had this resource when Honey was a pup she probably would be more comfortable having her nails clipped, riding in a car, and I may not have had to shell out a lot of money for a professional training camp.
Did you have any issues when your dog was a pup? Would the Puppyhood have been helpful?