As you guys know, I got a puppy fairly recently and I’ve discovered a few things about him and myself in that time.
I’ve been wanting a dog for my entire adult life, I’ve researched, researched, researched but I’m finding out things “on the job” that I wasn’t quite prepared for!
They don’t come out all trained, the nicely trained 8 year old dog that your friend has was once a boisterous 8 week old pup!
I’m pretty sure everyone knows that puppies are hard work, the world is scary to them, they’ve been taken away from their mum and siblings and are now in a strange environment. Of course they will be unsettled for at least the first few days!
How about for the first 3 weeks?! We made the decision to crate train Murphy and have him in the living room at night so upstairs could be the cats’ domain.
The issue with that was every time he was left alone in a room, he would scream. Not the cute puppy barks you hear on YouTube, actual screaming! He sounded like someone was killing him!
He wouldn’t bark himself out if he was left and he would get so stressed he would pee and poo in his crate! The only thing for it was to sleep downstairs with him!
Honestly, this was left to J most often than not but that’s because he insisted on it.
It wasn’t until about week 3 where we could sneak up the stairs and go to bed but we still leave Netflix on – the dulcet tones of David Attenborough of course! – to soothe him during the night.
He now sleeps through the night and only really wakes up when he hears our alarms in the morning. No more 3am wake-ups to take him out for pee!
I had originally planned to crate him when we were out the house too but due to the aforementioned stress and messing in his crate, we decided not to and instead he got the run of the hall.
Turns out even the hall was too small for him and would get mega stressed with all the doors shut. This led us to opening the kitchen up to him too and it turns out the space is much more agreeable!
He still has puppy pads for when we leave him alone (annoyingly he doesn’t always use them and decides to chew them up instead!) but he is getting better each time we walk out the door!
We do have an issue when we come back in though! This is worse with me and J gets a slightly more chilled version but whenever I come into the room – I could be gone for 2 minutes or 2 hours, it does not matter – Murph acts like I have been gone for days!
With me especially, he jumps up and bites my clothes and will nip my calves in an effort to get my attention and it takes him ages to calm down!
I was definitely not prepared for just how much he wants to be with us. So much so, he has learned how to climb the gate at the bottom of the stairs so I now need to take him into the bathroom to stop him barking at the door or hassling the cats!
This neediness has definitely gotten worse now he is teething, he seems to want a lot more reassurance and will whine a lot which I think is how he comforts himself.
Even trying to write a blog post or make myself a cup of tea can be a challenge as he has to be right where I am at all times. One of the reasons why I’ve not been as active recently is the pup, it’s just easier to occupy him than write up a post.
Taking photos for my blog is like a military operation now. I need to wait until J is in so I can go upstairs for a few minutes and hope the lighting is alright since I won’t get another chance to do it for a bit!
One of the reasons we got a pup was to hopefully make it easier to introduce the cats to him. Don’t get me wrong, he doesn’t show any animosity to them but he wants to play with them 100% of the time.
The problem with this is, he tries to play with them like they are puppies too and he can be a bit rough sometimes. A hiss from Charlie is enough to get him to back off but poor Loki is too gentle to tell him off when he’s being over eager!
He is also obsessed with the cat litter tray and will, at any chance he gets, eat a cat poo 🤢. This has got to be one of the most disgusting things I have ever witnessed, I couldn’t look at him without feeling a little sick for hours!
One thing I definitely didn’t realise, is how worried I am about him all the time. You see lots of posts on Facebook about the freak accidents where a dog has been killed by trying to lick inside a crisp packet or getting his collar stuck on something in the house which has bred a sort of paranoia in my brain where I check and double check stuff before leaving him alone.
This is a worry I don’t remember having for the cats, except when I first introduced them to each other. I don’t know if it’s because cats are more independent even when they’re young or what but I worry I’m doing the wrong things for him all the time!
Since getting Murphy, we have become more social that’s for sure! We have lived in our house for just over a year and the only people we have spoken to have been our direct neighbors.
On his first few walks, I think we introduced him to the majority of our area! Lots of people stopped to chat whether they had dogs or not because everyone loves a cute puppy!
We have taken him to dog events and found out how nice other dog owners are when we have been given toys for him because their dog has got enough! Or given us tips on how to make teething easier!
My social skills are definitely being tested and if I can get away with it, I let J do all the talking!
I know we’re not parents but I genuinely feel a puppy might be more difficult sometimes! At least if you put a baby down, it’s likely they will be in the same spot when you return!
We’re tired all the time, watching him to make sure he’s not telling us he needs to go outside or making sure he’s not doing something he shouldn’t is a full time job in itself!
But in saying this, I wouldn’t change it for the world! He is brilliant! Watching him learn a new trick or doing something we ask is a great feeling and I just know he’s going to turn out to be a great dog. He’s just growing up way too fast for my liking! 💜💜.
I know this is a little different from my usual topics but I hope you like it! I may try to do more Murphy topics if you would like to see that?
Let me know about your pets in the comments below! What’s the one thing you wish you knew before getting a pet?
Thanks very much for reading guys and I’ll speak to you all soon! Don’t forget to check out my other social media pages for updates on the pets!