When you brought your first dog home you probably picked up a few books about training, feeding, and caring for him. But do books tell you everything you need?
Of course not.
Even the experts don’t tell you everything.
I just brought Bruce Fogle’s Dog: The Definitive Guide for Dog Owners home from the library. It’s a thorough book dealing with dog breeds, all stages of a dog’s life, socialization, training, health, and much more. The author is a world-renowned expert on dogs.
But he doesn’t cover everything.
When you get your first dog, no one ever tells you:
1. Puppy barking is cute. Just wait until he discovers his “big boy” bark.
2. Not every dog will enjoy a crate, no matter how carefully you introduce her to it.
3. Never take treats to the dog park.
4. If you really want your dog to to enjoy bath time, fill the soap dish with peanut butter.
5. Getting a dog is like living on a boat. Your whole world revolves around getting rid of poop.
6. If you see sweaty paw prints on the floor, your dog is nervous.
7. Short-haired dogs may be easy to groom but their hairs weave themselves into the fibers of your furniture upholstery. Unlike long hairs which only lay on top.
8. Dogs don’t know how to bargain shop. When you take her into the pet store, she will inevitably grab the most expensive toy (forcing you to buy it).
9. Nail trimming is much easier if you do it when your dog’s nails are wet. This little tidbit will save you hours of stress and effort.
10. If you take your dog to get fast food at the drive-through, she will get just as excited by toll booths and drive-up banking windows.
11. Dogs don’t always like to play with each other.
12. The purpose of a walk is not to finish the route as quickly as possible or even to cover fresh territory the entire time. It’s all about the dog.
13. You know how puppies sleep in a pile and it’s so cute? Well they do it when they weigh 90 pounds too. And this time you’re part of the pile.
14. Dogs are most comfortable standing and resting on soft surfaces–rugs, pillows, piles of laundry, breasts, testicles, kidneys….
15. If you don’t trim your dog’s nails, he can hurt himself walking around.
16. Your dog isn’t being stubborn. She just has a different agenda.
17. No one will ever see you pick up dog poop. But if you forget to bring a bag and your dog leaves a gift, you’ll face a sea of disapproving looks.
18. You can spend hundreds of dollars on expensive dog toys but your dog’s favorites will be wadded up newspaper, cardboard boxes, old socks, and toilet paper rolls.
19. Your dog will always do the cutest thing seconds after you put the camera away.
20. You will never believe how deeply you will fall in love with your furry friend.
What do you wish you had known when you got your first dog that you’ve never seen in a book? Share.
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