I am your puppy:
To Whom it may concern:
I am your puppy, and I will love you until the end of the earth, but please know a few things about
me. I am a puppy; this means that my intelligence and capacity for learning are 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 in their 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. I cannot "feel" that I need to
poop until it is actually beginning to come out. I cannot vocalize nor tell you that I need to go, and I
cannot have 'bladder" and bowel control until 6-9 months of age. Do not punish me if you have not
let me out for 3 hours and I tinkle. It is your fault. As a puppy, it is wise to remember that I
NEED to go potty after eating, sleeping, playing, drinking and around every 2-3 hours in addition.
If you want me to sleep through the night, then do not give me water after 7or 8 pm. 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 be patient with me! In time I will learn.
I am a puppy I like to play. I will run around, and chase imaginary monsters, and chase your feet
and your toes and 'attack' you, and chase fuzz balls, 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 my high energy
level is too much for you, maybe you should consider an older rescue from a shelter or Rescue group.
My play is beneficial, use your wisdom to guide me in my play with appropriate toys, and activities,
like chasing a rolling ball, or gentle tug games, or plenty of chew toys for me. If I nip you too hard,
talk to me in "dog talk", by giving a loud YELP, I will usually get the message, as this is how dogs
communicate with one another. If I get too rough, simply ignore me for a few moments, or put me in
my crate with an appropriate chew toy. I am a puppy; hopefully you would not yell, hit or strike,
kick, or beat a 6 month old human infant, so please do not do the same to me. I am delicate, and
impressionable. If you treat me harshly now, I will grow up learning to fear being hit, spanked,
kicked or beat. 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 can chew. Better yet, pick up
ANYTHING that you don't want me to get into. I can't tell the difference between your old sock
and your new sock, or an old sneaker and your 200.00 Nikes.
I am a puppy; and I am a creature with feelings and drives much like your own, but yet also very
different. Although I am not human in a dog suit, neither am I an unfeeling robot who can instantly
obey your every whim. I truly DO want to please you, and be a part of your family, and your life.
You got me (I hope) because you want a loving partner and companion, so do not relegate me to the
backyard when I get bigger, do not judge me harshly but instead mold me with gentleness and
guidelines and 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 and it's "characteristics". This will give you understanding and insight into WHY I do all the
things I do. Please teach me with love, patience, the right way to behave and socialize me with
training in a puppy class or obedience 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 the same you and I, in that we both feel
hunger, pain, thirst, discomfort, fear, but yet we are also very different and must work to
Proud to be an owner recommended doodle breeder!
J.D. Ellis, 2001