My brother called me about a month ago and said "your neice is looking for a place to stay in July" I immediately started thinking of my Sweet Adorable Innocent 2 1/2 year old niece who I get to see about 3 times a year for a minute at holidays...........YES of course I'll take her!!!!
Sunday morning went absolutely AWESOME!! We played with toys, went swimming and had so much fun! Around lunch time we loaded her in the car and went off to do some errands and grocery shopping. Being the prepared wonderful experienced child caregiver that I am..........I grabbed a sippy cup too!! We went shopping, got her a couple of healthy treat options and headed to lunch. The restaurant we wanted to go to was closed so we headed to Stillwater. About half way to Stillwater she PUKED up the applesauce I gave her all over herself and her carseat! Oh man, it was bad. I had NOTHING along! Not a wipe, extra pullup just that dam sippy cup. So we road like that sad baby, gagging Sherry and helpless Todd driving us slowly through Lumberjack Days (of course) to get to my cousin Amy's house. Amy wasnt home but her hose was so we sprayed off the kid and the car seat went to Kohls where her and I waited outside and Todd went in to buy her a new outfit!!
Im thinking "Holy holy what did I do. This is ONLY Sunday!"
Throughout my week with my little toddler I just kept thinking about all of our puppy owners out in the world and I know that most of you probably feel like I did this week. Overwhelmed and second guessing how great it was to get a puppy!! Most of the puppies are probably still in the major chewing and biting stage. This stage can be one of the most difficult to manage because they can and DO chew on everything. It will pass, just like my niece is going to seem like a teenager by the time I see her again at Christmas.
But in the meantime: Let's face it . IT SUCKS.
There are a million suggestions on the internet and YouTube has some great videos to help with showing some great techniques.
But the bottom line is that you have to spend the time with your puppy NOW in order for you to have the
Great With Kids
Wonderful Family Dog
We Take Him Everywhere With Us
People LOVE our Doodle etc etc
Our Leighla was brought back to the breeder by the family that adopted her because they said that she was not good with kids. Leighla is EXCELLENT with every human and dog that she comes in contact with. When my niece was here last week, she didnt move from her side. She sat while she played, she followed her around the yard and she would have slept with us had I let her. I dont know the family or their circumstances but I do know that maturity, time and training has produced an superior family pet in Leighla and it will in your dog too. Dont give up. Spend time with your puppy. Take them to training classes. Find people with dogs to interact with.
Before you know it, your puppy will be an adult dog and you will barely remember the biting stage other than your favorite shoe that has the chew marks left on it.
Today, my niece is home with her family and I have toys to put away, laundry to do, a mess on my desk at work and a MILLION memories of an incredible week with an awesome little human!!
It goes by too fast. Hug the baby. Hug the puppy.