This Is Hard: An Open Letter to Dog Parents From a Struggling First-Timer
Dear Dog Owners,
Puppies are cute, but they are certainly stressful.
Recently, my husband voiced that he wanted a puppy, and I was immediately hesitant. Dogs are expensive and demanding.
But when I realized how badly my husband wanted one, I caved, and now we are the owners of an 11-week-old French Bulldog.
She may be adorable, but she’s a terror.
Growing up, I had a few dogs, but I was never solely responsible for one, and my husband has never owned a dog before. Needless to say, we are brand new to the puppy world, and I’m lost.
I look forward to the day we bring her to a trainer, but until she has all of her necessary shots, we are forced to use the trial-and-error method.
“Treats are everything,” said Michael. “If you want her to learn anything, just use treats.”
We got the treat method down, but what about the constant chewing, the accidents on the carpet, and her constant need to chase the cats around?
In these areas, I don’t know what to do.
I knew having a puppy would be hard, but I feel like a fish out of water and I need advice.
This is my message to dog owners. I’m putting up the Bat Signal. I need your tips.
What is the best way to tackle the puppy stage and how do I make sure little Coco has a fulfilled and comfortable life?
A serious newbie.