Dear Mom and Dad;

I am a Puppy; this means that my intelligence and capacity for learningare 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 intheir mouths. It's up to you to guide me to what is mine to chew and what is not.

I am a Puppy; I cannot hold my bladder for longer than 1-2 hours. Icannot "feel" that I need to poop until it is actually beginning to comeout. I cannot vocalize nor tell you that I need to go, and I cannot have"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 aPuppy it is wise to remember that I NEED to go potty after: Eating,Sleeping, Playing, Drinking and around every 2-3 hours in addition. Ifyou want me to sleep through the night, then do not give me water after 7 or 8pm. A crate will help me learn to housebreak easier, and will avoid you being mad at me.

I am a puppy, accidents WILL happen, please bepatient with me! In time I will learn.

I am a Puppy, I like to play. I will run around, and chase imaginarymonsters, and chase your feet and your toes and 'attack' you, and chasefuzzballs, other pets, and small kids. It is play; it's what I do. Do not be mad at me or expect me to be sedate, mellow and sleep all day. If myhigh energy level is too much for you, maybe you could consider an older rescue from a shelter or Rescue group. My play is beneficial, use yourwisdom to guide me in my play with appropriate toys, and activities likechasing a rolling ball, or gentle tug games, or plenty of chew toys forme. If I nip you too hard, talk to me in "dog talk", by giving a loudYELP, I will usually get the message, as this is how dogs communicatewith one another. If I get to rough simply ignore me for a few moments, or put me in my crate with an appropriate chew toy.

I am 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 amdelicate, and also very impressionable. If you treat me harshly now, Iwill grow up learning to fear being hit, spanked, kicked or beaten.Instead, please guide me with encouragement, and wisdom. (For instance,if I am chewing something wrong, say, "No chew!" and hand me a toy I CANchew) 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 anold sneaker and your 200$ Nikes.

I am a Puppy, and I am a creature with feelings, and drives much likeyour own, but yet also very different. Although I am NOT a human in a dog suit, neither am I an unfeeling robot who can instantly obey your everywhim. I truly DO want to please you, and be a part of your family, andyour life. You got me (I hope) because you want a loving partner andcompanion, so do not relegate me to the backyard when I get bigger, donot judge me harshly but instead mold me with gentleness and guidelinesand training into the kind of family member you want me to be.

I am a puppy and I am not perfect, and I know you are not perfect either. I love you anyway. So please, learn all you can about training, and puppy behaviors and caring for me from your Veterinarian, books on dog care and even researching on the computer! Learn about my particular breed andit's "characteristics" it will give you understanding and insight intoWHY I do the things I do. Please teach me with love, and patience, the right way to behave and socialize me with training in a puppy class orobedience class, we will BOTH have a lot of fun together.

I am a Puppy and 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 he same you and I, in that we both feel hunger, pain, thirst,discomfort, fear, but yet we are also very different and must work tounderstand one another's language, body signals, wants and needs. Someday I will be a handsome dog, hopefully one you can be proud of and onethat you will love as much as I love you.

Your Puppy.

(author unknown)

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