letter from your puppy
J.D.Ellis 2001, email@example.com
To Whom it may concern:
I am your puppy, and I will love
you until the end of the earth, but please know a few things about me.
I am a puppy; this means that 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 to what is mine to chew and what is not.
I am a puppy; I cannot hold my bladder for longer than 1-2 hours. I cannot
"feel" that I need to poop until it is actually beginning to
come out. I cannot vocalize nor tell you that I need to go, and I cannot
have 'bladder" and bowel control until 6-9 months of age. Do not
punish me if you have 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 go potty after
eating, sleeping, playing, drinking and around every 2-3 hours in addition.
If you want me to sleep through the night, then do not give me water after
7or 8 pm. A crate will help me 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 monsters,
and chase your feet and your toes and 'attack' you, and chase fuzz balls,
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, mellow and sleep all day. If my high
energy level is too much for you, maybe you should consider an older rescue
from a shelter or Rescue group. 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, I will usually get the message, as this is how dogs communicate
with one another. If I get too rough, simply ignore me for a few moments,
or put me in my crate with an appropriate chew toy. I am a puppy; hopefully
you would not yell, hit or strike, kick, or beat a 6 month old human infant,
so please do not do the same to me. I am delicate, and impressionable.
If you treat me harshly now, I will grow up learning to fear being hit,
spanked, kicked or beat. 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 yet, pick up ANYTHING that you don't
want me to get into. I can't tell the difference between your old sock
and your new sock, or an old sneaker and your 200.00 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 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 backyard 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 me to be...
I am a puppy; and I am not perfect, and I know you are not perfect either.
I love you anyway. So please, learn all you can about training, and puppy
behaviors and caring for me from your veterinarian, books on dog care
and even researching on the computer! Learn about my particular breed
and it's "characteristics". This will give you understanding
and insight into WHY I do all 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 to please you. Won't you please take time to understand how I work?
We are the same you and I, in that we both feel hunger, pain, thirst,
discomfort, 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.
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