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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. Its up to you to guide me 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 vocalise 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 . Its YOUR fault.
As a Puppy it is wise to remember that I NEED to go potty after
eating, sleeping, playing, drinking and around 2-3 hours in addition. If you want me to sleep through the night do not give me water after 7 or 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 fuzzballs, other pets and small kids. It is play, it is what I do.
Do no 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 could consider an older rescue from a shelter or Rescue grroup. My play is beneficial, use your wisdom to guide me in my play with appropriate toys and activities like chasing a rolling ball,ot gentle tug games, or plenty of chew toys for me. If I nip 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 each other. 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 will not yell, hit, strike, kick or beat a 6-month old human infant so please do not do the same to me. I am delicate and also very impressionable. If you treat me harshly now, I will grow up learning fear of 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 CAN chew) Better yet, pick up ANYTHING you do not want me to get into. I can't tell the difference between your old sock and your new sock, or an old sneaker or 200 Nikes.
 
I am a PUPPY I am a creature with feelings, and drives much like your 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 every whim. I truly DO want to please you, and be 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 back yard when I get bigger, do not judge me harshy, instead, mould 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 behaviour and caring for me from your Vet, books on dog care and even researching on the computer! Learn about your particular breed and its characteristics-  it will give you understanding and insight into WHY I do the things I do. Please teach me with love and patience, the right way to behave, and socialise 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 understand one another's body language, body signals, wants and needs. Some day I will be a handsome dog, hopefully one you can be proud of and one you will love  as much as I love you.
Love,
Your Puppy 
 
 

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