Today, as we wrap up this monthly series, I’m going to cover some things that are tailored for you, as a new pet parent. There are so many things I wish I would have known before we got Nash, and I wanted to share those with you before this series was completed. Here are some things I wish I knew before getting a puppy!
PUPPIES GROW FAST
Yes, we all know this, but they grow even faster than we expect. I joke that Nash grew with every nap. Depending on how big your puppy will be will determine how quickly they’ll grow. I feel like it happens in the blink of an eye. So enjoy the chaos, don’t sweat the small stuff, and savor the little moments of puppy life (because let’s face it, not all of puppy life is easy and it can get easy to get lost in the tough stuff and complain).
TAKE WEEKLY PHOTOS
Get in touch with your creative side and snap weekly photos of your pup to show their growth progress. It’s crazy how quickly you’ll forget how small they once were. We chose to do weekly photos with a letter-board, but Pinterest is covered in great ideas!
YOU CAN PLAN & PLAN, BUT YOU CAN’T PREDICT
You can be Type A (like me) and try to plan ahead and have everything perfectly organized, but, just like babies, puppies have a mind of their own. So, let go of expectations and enjoy the ride. Hold onto what you can and let go of the things you cannot control. Every puppy is so different and that isn’t something you can predict. So go easy on yourself, and enjoy learning and growing with their little personality.
It can be hard to not cave and say “no” to those sweet puppy eyes, but sometimes it’s essential. Remember, they aren’t small forever and they do not come into this world knowing right from wrong. It’s our job as their paw-rents to set boundaries, discipline them, and teach them the world. Stay strict in your training, teach them daily, and remember having a well-behaved dog is so important. They won’t always be little, so something as innocent as chewing or jumping as a puppy may be cute now, but when they’re big, it may cause harm to someone without even realizing it.
GET FAMILY PHOTOS
Okay, so you may think I’m absolutely crazy (chances are you don’t, though), but we chose to do professional family photos when Nash was still small and I am SO glad we did. My husband thought I was being extra, but they are some of the best memories we have now. Like I mentioned earlier, puppies grow fast (which I expected), but Nash was growing way faster than I predicted so I felt like we didn’t have time to wait. I found a local photographer, booked a session on Monday, and did our shoot on Friday. And I swear, by Sunday Nash looked so much bigger. Seriously, book a family photo shoot. You’ll be glad you did. These photos are by Victoria Hunt Photography (we are obsessed)!
GO ON PUPPY-PARENTS DATES
It’s hard to do this while they are small and not fully-vaccinated, but be sure to get out and explore your city (or beyond) together. Travel. Bond. Smell the roses (literally and figuratively). Play together. Chase bugs. Collect moments, not things. We don’t get to keep these babies forever, so take the time, as often as you can, to just be together. Savor them. Love them well. Even when they are puppies and the season is hard. You’ll never regret time with them. Because to us, they may be just a part of our lives, but to them, we’re their entire world.