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I am your puppy and I will love you until the end of Earth, but please know a few things about me.

I am a puppy, this means 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 whats mine to chew and whats not.

I am a puppy and I cannot hold my bladder for longer than 1-2 hours. I cannot feel that I need to poop until it's actually beginning to come out. I cannot vocalize nor tell you that I need to go, and I cannot have bowel and bladder control until about 6-9 months. Do not punish me if you do 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 potty after eating, sleeping, playing, drinking and every 2-3 hours in addition. If you want me to sleep through the night, then do not give me water after 7-8 pm . A crate will help me to 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 monmsters, and chase your feet and your toes and attack you, and chase fuzzballs, 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, melow or sleep all day. If my high energy level is too much for you, maybe you could consider and older rescue from a dogs home or shelter.

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 as this is how my mother used to communicate with me and I will understand. If I get too rough simply ignore me for a few minutes of put me in my crate with an appropriate chew toy.

I am a puppy, hopefully you will not yell, hit, strike, kick or beat an 8 month old child 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 to fear 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 still, pick ANYTHING up that you do not want me to get into. I can't tell the difference between your old sock and your new sock, or your old shoe and your new $300 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 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 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 back garden 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.

I am a puppy and I am not perfect, I know your 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 my particular breed and it's 'characteristics' it will give you an understanding and insight into why I do 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 too please you. Won;'t you please take the time to understand how I work? We are the same you and I in that we both feel, hunger, pain, thirst, discomfort and fear, but yet we are also very different and must work to understand one another's language, body signals, wants and needs. Some day I will be a handsome dog, hopefully one you can be proud of and one that you will love, as much as I love you.

Your Puppy

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