I breezed over some pretty big news when I did my Top 15 post last Monday. The Professor and I decided to bring home an adorable yorkie puppy as our Christmas gift to each other. Most of you who know me know that I never had a dog growing up. We had a couple of cats and my brother went through a beta fish or ten, but never a dog. The Professor had quite a different pet experience growing up – he had all the dogs. Like, for real, all the dogs. At one point, his family had five dogs.
The Professor has been hinting at getting a dog for the last couple of years. I always had an excuse, “we live in different states,” ” our schedules are too busy,” “I don’t want dog hair all over the place,” “we travel too much.” (Honestly, I could probably list 1,000,000 more excuses.)
One lazy day in December (when we were supposed to be grading final exams), we decided to look online at puppies and read some information about bringing a new puppy home. We decided that we would get a puppy over the summer when we would be home and have more time to spend with her. Well, within two hours of looking at pictures of puppies online, we were traveling to meet a little puppy. As soon as I held her, I knew that we had to bring her home.
That was the day I became a dog person.
We said good-bye to the little puppy and spent the ride home talking about names. We spent the next day at PetSmart and Wal-Mart buying ALL the things – puppies are expensive y’all! When we brought Milly home a few days later, she was 10 weeks old and weighed in at a whopping 2.2 pounds.
A few days later, we packed up the car and took Milly on an 8 hour ride to Indiana where she got to meet tons of new people. She especially took a liking to the “tiny human.” She started to develop a little personality and played like crazy for two weeks straight. Other than not sleeping through the night (I am SO tired), Milly was a really well behaved little puppy! I was excited.
Milly is almost 16 weeks old now and she is a psycho puppy. We are at “that stage.” You know, the stage where she barks like crazy, chews/bites everything, and refuses to be housebroken? Yea, that stage.
I’m not going to lie to you. It’s tough. I can’t wear slippers any more because she likes to eat them. I have also learned to keep EVERYTHING off the floor because she WILL chew on it. There are a few moments each day however (usually after 9pm when she’s chewed herself tired), when she is the sweetest little puppy that you’ll ever meet. She likes to sit by us on the couch and watch TV or lay down next to the couch and cuddle with her blanket. Those are the moments that I like best. Those are the moments I look forward to happening more often – when she’s finally out of the psycho puppy stage.
We’ve read the entire internet for training tips and tricks. The Professor even did a “puppy boot camp” over the weekend to try and break her puppy habits. I think he actually made quite a bit of progress with her (although we did have a few potty accidents). I want to know YOUR tips and tricks for living with a puppy, especially on the barking. If that doesn’t stop soon, I’m going to have to buy stock in Advil!
Dog people: what kind of dog do you have/what is his or her name?
Seriously, what tips do you have for training a puppy??