About a week after I got Nash, Krystal wrote a post about the things she wish she had known before getting a cat. I immediately knew I had to write one about things I wish I had known before getting a puppy. Nash celebrated his approximate 3 month birthday yesterday & yesterday also marked 3 weeks that I've had him. So here are some things I wish I had known before I brought him home.
1. Don't spend money on expensive toys
His 2 favorite "toys" are a frozen wash cloth & an old dryer ball.
2. A puppy is a lot like what I assume an always tired toddler is like
Homeboy is either psychotic because he's playing, psychotic because he's tired & refusing to sleep, or actually sleeping. Partway under the couch if I let him...
I guess I've always known that my patience comes & goes. There are certain things I can take all day long & then something small will make me snap. I also always knew that to raise a child or pet patience was key. What I didn't know what just how much my patience would be tested with mommy's little psycho.
4. Leaving him in his crate for awhile is okay
When I first got back from Minnesota I basically held myself hostage in my apartment for 3 days straight. I felt so bad leaving him & so bad crating him. It made me feel like an awful person. Now, I crate him when I sense him getting tired so that he'll nap & I can get stuff done. Also when I need to run errands or just get out of the house for a couple of hours. He's actually really good with his crate & doesn't cry for more than a minute, & sometimes not at all. While the guilt is somewhat subsiding, I still feel somewhat bad when I put him in there &/or leave him during the day.
5. How to find a training method that works
The number of things I've googled since owning Nash, & the number of conflicting responses for each thing can get really overwhelming. I want him to learn but I also don't want him to hate me. Some say don't ever use a stern voice. Some say use a stern voice. Some say put them in a timeout for a minute or 2. Some say their crate should only be a safe haven. Do this. Do that. I didn't realize just how hard being the boss while still making him love me would be so hard sometimes.
6. That he'd be pretty much all I talk about
#SorryNotSorry on this one. He's been on the blog multiple times, he's on my Instagram a ton, & he's pretty much all I post pictures of on Facebook anymore. A friend called me out on it & said "you've become one of those moms" Not even sorry dude, hang out with Evel Knivel is pretty much all I do these days. Plus, he's stinking cute.
7. That he'd piss me off to no end but I wouldn't trade him for the world
I get so mad & frustrated on a daily basis. At both him & also at myself. I want to be a good dog mama & sometimes I seriously feel like I'm failing him. He's also super smart which he doesn't always use for good which makes me mad. At the end of the day though I can't imagine not having him & love him to the moon and back.