Puppy Mom 101

Dear Queens,

I’m praying you have been well since my blog post last week. Today I’m going to be talking about my journey of being a puppy mom. I’ve been a puppy mom for about three months now and its been a whirlwind of emotions. My patience has never been tested so much. I consider myself an extremely patient person, but my puppy Bentley has sure been testing my title.

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Being a puppy mom is HARD. I had no clue what I was doing for the first month. I got Bentley when he was 9 going on 10 weeks, so he was a baby baby. He couldn’t even walk up or down curbs. I had to pick him up to pretty much do everything. He was peeing and pooping everywhere and full of energy. For the first time in my life, someone else was running the show. You mean to tell me that my daily naps after work would be cancelled? YUP! I learned quickly that this journey is a lot like being a real mom. Now I know being a mom to an actual baby is 10 times harder, but the basics are similar. Puppies and infants are both innocent and require assistance for EVERYTHING they do. They need to be fed, changed/walked, loved on, cleaned, taken to the doctor/vet, etc. If I fail, my puppy suffers.

After three months, I feel like I’ve gotten the hang of this, but the journey still throws me curveballs. Thank God I have a great mom and fiance that help with him, but when they are not around, it’s ALL on me. The biggest challenge for me is getting up and feeding/walking Bentley when I’m dead tired. It’s so HARD. I also live in an apartment so it’s a whole process just to take him outside. I have to put on warm clothes and a coat, put his jacket and leash on, walk to the elevator, wait for the elevator and if it is locked I have to take another elevator, and then I am finally outside. I have to mentally prepare every time, especially in the freezing weather.

Although this journey has had it’s rough moments, I am developing even more as a woman. My patience is growing which also helps with my soon-to-be husband and others around me. And on top of that, I love my little companion! Yes, he can be a pain, but he’s so loving and has a personality that can brighten up your day. Thinking about getting a pup or have a pup but struggling? Here are some things to think about and tips.

Thinking about getting a puppy?

  1. Do you have the money? Puppies are extremely expensive, especially if you get them within their first year of life. If you cannot afford the price tag of purchasing them and the other expenses they require, try adoption. Adoption is much cheaper. The process is much longer, but this is the cost effective route.

  2. Do you have the time? Young puppies and dogs in general require lots of attention. They have to be fed and walked numerous times of day and require someone who has a pretty flexible schedule. If you’re gone for more than 4 hours at a time, you should not commit to getting a young puppy. If you have the money to hire a dog walker or have someone else living in the home that can care for the pup while you’re away, that’s fine.

  3. Why do you want a puppy? Really think about your why. That will help you get through the rough times. If you just want a puppy because all your friends have them or you think they’re cute, chances are you won’t have the patience to withstand. If you genuinely love animals (dogs specifically) and want a companion, then go for it!

Tips for Puppy Moms

  1. Be flexible with your time

  2. Practice patience

  3. Get your pup on a schedule

  4. Start potty training as early as possible

  5. Realize that being frustrated is normal, but try not to take it out on your pup.

  6. Biting is normal.

  7. Don’t beat yourself up if you make a mistake. Allow room for error.

  8. Socialize your pup with humans and other dogs

  9. Get pet insurance

  10. Do plenty of research

  11. Enroll he/she into puppy classes to lighten the load

  12. Love on your pup!